Psalm 8

Read Psalm 8 and reflect.

The Lord our God

  • His name is magnificent through all the earth
  • He has covered the heavens with his majesty
  • He establishes a stronghold to silence the enemy
  • He has created all things
  • Creation is the work of his fingers
  • He made us in His image
  • He made so much, but He still remembers us
  • He crowns us with glory and honor
  • He entrusted us with His earth
  • He made all decisions about humanity and earthly order
  • He is magnificent

Oh Lord, thank you for remembering me amongst the rest of your creation. I don’t deserve your affection, and I don’t deserve to be set apart! How magnificent are you for creating the earth and planning our destinies. You made all I have and deserve all the glory for it, for it is all good and I get to enjoy it! Thank you for how wonderful you are, I could say it forever and it never be enough. 

Psalm 7

Read Psalm 7 and reflect.

The Lord:

  • Gives refuge
  • Saves us from enemies
  • His anger rises
  • He has ordained judgement
  • His seat is high above
  • He judges over all people
  • He vindicates
  • He ends wickedness
  • He establishes the righteous
  • He examines thoughts and emotions
  • He is a righteous judge
  • He shows his wrath every day
  • He has prepared his deadly weapons against those who do not repent
  • He will ensnare evildoers in their own traps

The Lord is righteous, He is the Lord Most High.

Thank you, Lord, for being refuge for the righteous and wrath for the wicked. Thank you for choosing to make me righteous and for vindicating me. Thank you for being high above us, ordaining all things. You are my refuge, and I rejoice in you.

Psalm 6

read Psalm 6 and reflect.

We should:

  • Address the Lord with reverant fear
  • Admit our weakness to Him
  • Turn to the Lord when distressed
  • Take our sorrows to Him
  • Be confident in the Lord’s heart, faithfully believing in His help
  • Tell others the Lord has heard your cries

The Lord will:

  • Receive our prayers with grace
  • Not give us what we deserve (death)
  • Hear our cries of help
  • Comfort our broken soul
  • Hear our weeping
  • Accept our genuine prayers
  • Defeat our enemies

Thank you Lord, for hearing my cries when I’m distressed. Even when maybe my woes are self-inflicted, you still rescue me with grace. You accept prayers of genuineness when I admit that I can’t fix my own broken hear, and you heal me and comfort me. You have defeated my demons and my enemies, you have renewed my strength. Thank you for being all Holy, all worthy of praise, and all capable.

Psalms 4-5

read Psalms 4-5 and reflect.

  • He is vindication
  • He frees us from affliction
  • He is gracious
  • He hears our prayers
  • He is Truth
  • He sets apart the faithful
  • He answers when we call
  • He is trustworthy
  • The light of His face shines on us
  • He gives joy
  • He makes us live in safety
  • He pays attention to our cries, he hears our woes
  • He does not delight in wickedness
  • He does not, and can not, dwell in evil
  • He abhors violent and treacherous people
  • He hates all evil doers
  • He destroys liars
  • His love is faithful and abundant
  • He leads me in his righteousness
  • He makes our ways straight
  • He punishes evil doers
  • He gives rescue and refuge
  • He is worthy of our praise and boasting of His name
  • He blesses the righteous
  • He surrounds the righteous with favor like a shield

Thank you Lord, for vindicating me, of clearing me of all blame. You alone are the one who hears our prayers and responds to us. You are not too far away to reach out and comfort us when in need. You give me joy in the midst of my sadness, in the midst of my troubles. You do not delight in wickedness, but rather destroy those who rebel against you. You do this out of love, to protect us from evil doers. Your love is so faithful and so abundant, I am just so thankful for it. Thank you for your refuge and your favor like a shield.

Psalms 1-3

In the midst of being hunted, David still praises the Lord, knowing He is the only life-giver. 

read Psalms 1-3 and reflect.

  • His instruction is our delight, worthy of our constant meditation
  • He watches over the righteous
  • He sends the wicked into ruin
  • He judges the wicked
  • He laughs at those who conspire against him
  • He terrifies the wicked with his anger and wrath
  • He ridicules those who believe they can overthrow him
  • He declares Jesus as his Son
  • He gives the Son his inheritance
  • He deserves to be served with reverential awe
  • He will destroy the rebellious
  • He alone gives refuge
  • He is a shield
  • He is our glory
  • He is our head-lifter
  • He answers from above
  • He removes our fear
  • He alone sustains our life
  • He strikes my enemies
  • He breaks the teeth of the wicked
  • He blesses his people
  • Salvation belongs to him alone

God, thank you for being all of your attributes, even if I don’t always understand your ways. You are worthy of all my praise and all my meditation. May my thoughts dwell continuously on your goodness. Thank you for setting me apart and making me righteous, even when I didn’t deserve it. Thank you for being unstoppable and beyond man’s ability to ever overthrow. Thank you for lifting my head and for not being too far away to answer my cries. Thank you for sustaining my life, for protecting me from the wicked, and removing my fears. You deserve all the reverential awe, even more than I can give! 

Knowing God – My Study of the Psalms

I was recently listening to a sermon by Dr. John MacArthur titled Trust, Praise and Bearing Fruit. In it this sermon, MacArthur says something really important. This is a long quote, so please hang in there, and read the quote.

“There are many reasons to study the Old Testament, one of which is that it reveals so much of the character of God.  And you ought to know those things that are true of God’s nature if for no other reason than that you could praise Him for that very thing…And so when you recite the character of God, you are exalting His virtue and you are putting a backbone into the midst of your weakness…”

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