I think about the Words of the Psalmists, they were completely vulnerable, totally honest, before the Lord. We have read their expressions of every emotion possible….the same emotions, feelings and even some situations WE GO THROUGH TODAY. It is amazing to know that some things NEVER change… one is human nature and the other is most important and that is OUR GOD NEVER CHANGES!! KNOW, God wants to hear from YOU…He already knows but wants you to share it with HIM.
Every word of Scripture is Inspired by God. We know that each Word is meant to instruct, & encourage us. Yet there are times when we struggle to understand the Word, to make time for it, or to remain focused. BUT.. as you read… good days, bad days, can’t absorb days… HEAR God speaking TO YOU personally saying..” My sweet, sweet, child, I have invited YOU to feast on my every Word, one bite at a time. Feast on it all, and take in what you can. KNOW that when it is hard for you to comprehend, remain focused, or make time I still love you and am waiting to share the ENTIRE feast with YOU. There is so much I’d like for you to know, so remain faithful and WAIT, just wait, until you see ALL that I have in store for you because you remained faithful reading, studying, obeying, and loving ME.”
Psalm 89— This was written by Ethan, a Levite leader and possibly one of the head musicians in the temple. It was written to describe the glorious reign of David. BUT, consider this… Jerusalem had been DESTROYED at the time this was written. SO….they are looking forward, prophetically, to the future reign of Jesus Christ, David’s descendant. A prophesy you ask…look at verse 4 – “I will establish your line FOREVER and make your throne firm through all generations.” OH YEA>>> THAT’S JESUS!!!
Verses 15-17 says: “HAPPY are those who hear the joyful call to worship, for they will walk in the light of your presence Lord. They rejoice all day long in your wonderful reputation. They exult in your righteousness. You are their glorious strength. Our power is based on your favor. Yes, our protection comes from the LORD, and he the Holy One of Israel, has given us our king.”
Yes, we are indeed called to worship our God with all our hearts, souls, and minds….ALL of us 24/7 with every breath we have. But you know, the beauty of worshipping God is that when we truly do it for HIM and to HIM… WE end up greatly blessed, happy, peaceful, joyful, and I could keep going with the adjectives. God is so amazing!!
Through all of Israel’s rebellion, continual disobedience – God is still faithful. Look at verses 34-37:
Israel was disobedient over and over again. Consequences of that disobedience were a divided evil nation. Yet through it all there was a remnant of God’s people who remained faithful. Centuries later the Messiah arrived, the ETERNAL KING from David’s line – God keeps HIS promises!!
Psalm 96—The author is possibly David and this Psalm teaches us how to praise our awesome God. I pray that each person reading this becomes SO overwhelmed by God’s grace, mercy, love, and faithfulness that you will not be able to contain your praises to Our Most High God!!
Psalm 100— What a great little Psalm. The author is anonymous. This Psalm is an invitation to enter JOYFULLY into God’s presence. SHOUT TO THE LORD!!! “He is the one that made us, and we are His.” THAT is definitely something to praise HIM over!!
Psalm 101 — David wrote this as a prayer to help him be the king God wants him to be. It is also a great prayer for each of us individually because we want to also be all that God wants us to be. Read this Psalm not thinking of what David wants but that God wants us to be like this. Once again we read: “I will sing of your love…” ….ummmmmm…THAT HAS TO BE IMPORTANT!! The Words that caught my eye were “set my eye on NO vile thing, keep perverse men away from me…no slander…no pride…no self-righteousness…no deceit… choose ONLY godly mentors and friends to help guide you in your life….” Here is the bottom line – NONE of us can live a blameless life without God (verse 2)!!
Psalm 105—This was written by David as a reminder of ALL God has done. When we remember all God has done then our hearts are encouraged and our focus is more on HIM. Hebrews 11:6 states: “God rewards those who sincerely seek Him.” Jesus promised in Matthew 7:7 “Seek and you will find.”
The first 15 verses of this Psalm are also found in 1 Chronicles 16:8-22 where they sang, and danced in celebration when David had the ARK brought into Jerusalem according to Levitical Law.
Over and over again we have read that God tells us to teach our children HIS ways, to remember all HE has done, to remember WHO HE is. However, do you ever think about what we are REALLY teaching in our public schools today (and in some private ones)? EVERYthing is allowed to be taught to our children EXCEPT the history that is in the bible. Even prayer has been removed from our schools in the name of “separation of church and state” but more so due to “political correctness.” EVEN some of history is being removed from the history books being used in schools. I have MANY friends who are teachers (I did go to a “teachers’ college/university”) and they WANT to teach the right things with all their hearts but the system is very strict about what they are allowed to teach, do, say, etc. My point in sharing this is that as parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, our role has become EVEN more important to make SURE that we teach our children God’s ways …..how else will they know God’s ways if we don’t teach them? THESE are the ways we also remember what God has done for us (historically, personally, and in all ways.)
Psalm 132— The author is anonymous and he is praying for David. It is also a song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. The words of the Psalm reflect on the great day when David brought the ARK into Jerusalem according to Levitical law. We see that when we honor God, somehow He desires in HIS grace and mercy to turn around and honor us.
The fact that this is a Psalm of prayer is important. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 tells us: “Rejoice always, Pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” We are to pray for others and for ourselves.
Sharing HIS love,