Our reading today are Psalms 43-45,49,84,85,87
Psalm 43 — was written by the sons of Korah. They were part of the Levites (priests) and interestingly came from the same family who in the days of Moses rebelled. Their rebellion was against God and an earthquake swallowed them up (Numbers 16). Apparently there were a few survivors who did not rebel and in the time of David they served as singers and temple assistants. The psalmist asked God to send his light and truth during a time of discouragement. The psalmist asks WHY is his soul so downcast and then in same paragraph reminds himself that I WILL PUT MY HOPE in GOD!! I WILL YET PRAISE HIM!! 1 John 2:27 tells us that God’s TRUTH provides the right path to follow and God’s light (1 John 1:5) gives us clarity in following HIM.
Psalm 44 — was also written by the sons of Korah. It is a plea for victory during battle weary times and encourages us when we get down to focus on God’s promises that we see come to pass in the bible as well as the ways we have seen God deliver us and restore us in our own lives. It is important to remember that our scars may not be due to punishment but battle scars that demonstrate loyalty to our God. Romans 8:36-39 reminds us that NOTHING can separate us from the love of God.. NO THING!!!…NO circumstance…NO health issue…NO financial or job situation…NO persecution, NO THING!!!
Psalm 45 — was also written my the sons of Korah. This psalm was thought to have been written possibly to Solomon on the occasion of his wedding. It is also seen as a prophecy abut Christ and his bride, the church, who will praise HIM forever. This is a great psalm to turn to when we are down or lose focus on our KING. HE loves us deeply and has made us just for HIM. I found these to be great Words of encouragement from my Abba Father!!
Psalm 49 — also written by the sons of Korah. This reminds us that regardless of financial status, job title, or possessions, or anything else … we will all leave this world one day. And as Billy Graham once said something like: “I have never seen a Hearse followed by a U-Haul.” In other words… we can’t take “it” with us. This is why it is sooooo important that our trust is in GOD and in HIM alone. Matthew 6:20-21 says: “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Psalm 84– also written by the sons of Korah. We are reminded that God’s living presence is our greatest joy. Do you remember back in Exodus when Moses came down from the mountain after 40 days after “just” seeing the back of the glory of God? When he came down, the people could NOT look at Moses because his face was SO radiant. He had to wear a veil for awhile!! I MEAN can you imagine what it will be like when we can be in the full presence of God. We are so blessed that Jesus died for our sins and that HE lives inside of us so we do not have to go to a temple to be in HIS presence. We only have to stop and be with HIM, praise HIM, thank HIM, glorify HIM, read HIS Word. I have LOVE it when I KNOW that I am standing on Holy Ground and can actually feel HIS presence. This is what this psalmist is talking about.. he wanted to get away from all the hustle and bustle of the world to go into the temple so he could be where The Lord dwelt. “My soul yearns even faints for the courts of The Lord, my heart and my flesh cry out….Blessed are those whose strength is in you….Hear my prayer O Lord God Almighty….BETTER IS ONE DAY IN YOUR COURTS THAN A THOUSAND ELSEWHERE.”
PSALM 85 — This was also written by the sons of Korah. The psalmist was asking God to revive HIS nation once again and bring them back to a spiritual life in HIM. Reverence leads to forgiveness, restoring our love and joy for God. “Show us your unfailing love O Lord, and grand us your salvation.”
Psalm 87 — Once again this psalm was written by the sons of Korah. It is about the city of God where one day all believers will gather. It does not matter what denomination anyone is….the ONLY thing that matters is that we believe in Jesus Christ, ask HIM to live in our hearts, and ask HIM to forgive our sins with all of our beings (not just lip service). This Psalm is prophesy and corresponds to Revelation 21:10-27…where by the grace of God, all who are written in the Lamb’s book of life will live forever with HIM. Think about it…. this was written in the book of Psalms and is explained further in Revelation!!!! WOW!!!
BTW.. Rahab here is talking about Egypt.
It is hard to pick a favorite Psalm today…. they each just kept getting better and better!!
Sharing HIS love,