Psalms

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“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Mercy and truth go before Your face” (Psalm 89:14 NKJV).

October 20, 2020

WHO CAN APPROACH THE THRONE OF GOD? The throne of a human king or judge is elevated by wood or stone and often ornamented by images and symbols to suggest their authority and judgment. But the foundation of the Lord’s throne is “righteousness and justice.” His throne is elevated by His character, which is pure

“O Lord, God of my salvation, I have cried out day and night before You. Let my prayer come before You; Incline Your ear to my cry” (Psalm 88:1-2 NKJV).

October 18, 2020

THE PERSISTENT PRAYER FOR GOD’S PRESENCE The Lord is the God of salvation. Yet we must place our faith in His Son, Christ Jesus, to be able to call Him “my” salvation. In Christ, we that were far away, have now been brought near. Although we may feel at times as the psalmist did, that

“Oh, do not remember former iniquities against us! Let Your tender mercies come speedily to meet us, For we have been brought very low.” (Psalm 79:8 NKJV).

October 9, 2020

HOW LOW MUST YOU GO? The Psalmist cried out to God that he and his people had been brought very low. They had hit rock bottom and could not get up without God’s help. He prayed that God would no longer remember their sins and that He would show them tender mercy. He begged God

“In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; My hand was stretched out in the night without ceasing; My soul refused to be comforted” (Psalm 77:2 NKJV).

October 5, 2020

WHEN DO YOU PRAY? When do you seek the Lord? The psalmist spoke of a day when he “sought the Lord” as a “day of my trouble.” He described his trouble sleeping and the state of his soul which seemed beyond comfort and encouragement. On such a day, he “cried out to God” (v.1).  

“It is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all Your works” (Psalm 73:28 NKJV).

October 1, 2020

DRAWING NEAR TO GOD Do you “draw near to God” every morning? Do you take a moment to lift your eyes above your circumstances to contemplate His holiness, to read His Word, to seek His direction, and to receive a fresh filling of His Spirit? Drawing near to God, we put our “trust” in Him

“When my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I” (Psalm 61:2 NKJV).

September 17, 2020

THE ROCK THAT IS HIGHER Written by David, this psalm cried out to God to lead him to a place that was safe and secure. When his heart was “overwhelmed,” perhaps by the attacks of enemies or by the disappointments of life, David cried out for a place where his heart could find rest and

“You have given a banner to those who fear You, that it may be displayed because of the truth” (Psalm 60:4 NKJV).

September 16, 2020

WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE GOSPEL AS OUR BANNER In this psalm of David, he spoke of a “banner” given to Israel by the Lord, that was to be “displayed.” In the armies of old the one who carried the banner or flag was among the most courageous of soldiers. For he was commissioned to

“I will sing of Your power; yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; for You have been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble” (Psalm 59:16 NKJV).

September 15, 2020

DO YOU WAKE UP SINGING PRAISES TO GOD? David wrote this psalm during the time when he was being pursued by Saul and his men. David expressed his determination to begin each day singing of God’s power and mercy. For he saw that the Lord was his defense and refuge during his time of trouble.

“Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), in God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?” (Psalm 56:3-4 NKJV).

September 12, 2020

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU FEEL AFRAID? The psalmist knew what to do when he felt afraid. He had already decided in advance that when fear came, he would replace it with faith in God. When he felt afraid, he recalled God’s Word and praised God for it. When he felt afraid, he compared

“Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved” (Psalm 55:22 NKJV).

September 11, 2020

ARE YOU BURDENED WITH A LOAD OF CARE? Who carries your cares? Are you trying to carry them alone? Why would you keep laboring under such a burden when the Lord offers to “sustain” you? Cast your burdens on the Lord. Throw them off your back and put them on His. For He is able