Aug 26th 15
Let Love & Praise Motivate & Align us with God
The psalmist continues to uphold God’s Word in this alphabetic acrostic.
119:89 & 90 Your eternal word, O LORD, stands firm in heaven. Your faithfulness extends to every generation, as enduring as the earth you created.
119:97-98 Oh, how I love your instructions! I think about them all day long. Your commands make me...
Aug 25th 15
Trust God’s Promises
This wisdom psalm uses the Hebrew alphabet to convey attributes of Scripture. Only three verses in the entire chapter of 176 verses do not refer to God’s Word or a synonym meaning God’s Word. Each of the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet is used eight times in this, the longest chapter in the Bible.
119:1 Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the...
Aug 21st 15
Depend on God’s Salvation and Faithfulness
Four vignettes present a problem, provision, and praise. The first portrays travelers in distress.
107:1-2 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. Has the LORD redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies.
107:4 Some wandered in the wilderness, lost and...
Aug 19th 15
Praise God for Breath, Life, Faith, Power & Wisdom
This psalm praises God for his blessings.
103:1-2 Let all that I am praise the LORD; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me.
The LORD forgives, heals, redeems and loves us, as he fills our lives with good things.
103:8 The LORD is compassionate and...
Aug 11th 15
The Feasts of the LORD Commemorate His Dealings with Israel
This psalm was used during one of the Feasts of the LORD. The first three occur in the spring, the fourth in summer, and the last three in the fall. It is unclear in which of the seven feasts this would have been used.
81:1 Sing praises to God, our strength.
81:3 Blow the ram’s horn at new moon, and again at full moon to call a...
Aug 6th 15
God is Faithful to His Promises
David was utterly dependent upon God.
70:1 Please, God, rescue me! Come quickly, LORD, and help me.
70:4 May all who search for you be filled with joy and gladness in you. May those who love your salvation repeatedly shout, “God is great!”
70:5 But as for me, I am poor and needy; please hurry to my aid, O God. You are my helper and my savior; O LORD, do...
Jul 26th 15
Trust God & Expect Him to Act!
Psalms 40 and 41 are both considered Messianic Psalms due to the references of the betrayal of Jesus and his sacrificial death. David began by recalling God’s rescue from previous troubles.
40:1-5 I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and...
Jul 25th 15
Trust & Delight in the LORD for our Days are Numbered
In this wisdom psalm— another Hebrew alphabetic acrostic—David encourages trust in God.
37:3 Trust in the LORD and do good.
37:4 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires.
Another translation of verse four happens to be the “Dd” verse in my book, an Alphabet of Promises. Like this psalm, this...
Jul 17th 15
Praising God for Who He is and What He’s Done
David sang Psalm 18 on the day the LORD rescued him from Saul and the rest of his enemies.
18:1-3 I love you, LORD; you are my strength.
The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. I called on the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and...
Jul 15th 15
All Aspects of Life can be an Extension of Worship
David felt abandoned by God. The extent of his misery is reflected in the repetition of his questions related to the apparent slowness of God to act on David’s behalf.
13:1-2 O LORD, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way? How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day?...
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