July 26, 2017

What I Love about Psalms, and a Linkup

After reading through the heaviness of Jeremiah and Deuteronomy the past two months, I am so relieved to be moving on to Psalms! It’s like fresh air to my soul, not just a few breaths but a whole big bubble of it, surrounding me with its comfort and overwhelming my heart with refreshment.

So what do I love about Psalms?

  • It reminds me that even great men of God struggled with the same things I do – fear, anxiety, discouragement, uncertainty. We are never alone in this life; there is always someone else who can relate.
  • It reminds me that God is still God through all of those things. I love how every Psalm that starts out with despair or turmoil always ends with praise to our God.
  • It portrays the greatness of God, not just through His relationship to man, but through His entire creation. The heavens declare His majesty; the earth itself proclaims His handiwork! Creation speaks to the greatness of its Creator.
  • It relates that incomprehensible greatness to me, personally. It shows me how God’s greatness provides a sure foundation, a strong tower, an immoveable refuge.
  • It reminds me that nothing happens by chance; God chooses and sets apart whom He desires. He knows intimately the ones He calls to be His own.
  • It speaks of abundant blessings for those who walk with God, for those who love His words and keep them close their hearts.
  • It also speaks of God’s hatred of wickedness, how He despises sin and will one day wipe it out completely. There is hope in this world, because of what the next world will be like: perfect, holy, filled with God’s presence, and every aspect of sin will be conspicuously absent.

Some verses that stood out to me this week:

“But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him” (4:3) – He knows me! He has set me apart from the rest of the world for His very own desires.

God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day” (7:11) – God hates sin; it really does matter to Him how we live.

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” (8:1) – Every single person can sense God’s greatness through every aspect of creation. This is His general revelation to all of mankind.

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds” (9:1) – This is what our active response to these great truths should be! We must not be passive Christians!

So how about you? What have you been learning lately from God’s Word? Maybe it’s from something you’ve read, or a sermon you’ve listened to… maybe it’s just something the Holy Spirit has been laying upon your heart. Link up your posts or share a comment about whatever it is that you’ve been reflecting and meditating upon!

{And feel free to copy & paste the “What Are You Learning?” button onto your own blog, so others can find us too!}

For those interested, I’m reading through YouVersion’s Blended Plan in 2012.
Join me if you want! Here’s the reading schedule for next week:

Monday: Psalm 18-19, Acts 13
Tuesday: Psalm 20-22
Wednesday: Psalm 23-25, Acts 14
Thursday: Psalm 26-28
Friday: Psalm 29-30, Acts 15
Saturday: Psalm 31-32, Acts 16
Sunday: Psalm 33-34

Linked up to:
Time-Warp Wife
Barefoot Hippie Girl



Comments

  1. Thanks so much for sharing this! I have struggled with reading my Bible regularly for a while, but now I want to dive into Psalms. Found your blog through Take Two Tuesday 🙂

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