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Depend on God’s Salvation and Faithfulness

Psalms 107-109            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 homeless. 107:6-7  “LORD,... read more

Praise God for Breath, Life, Faith, Power & Wisdom

Psalms 103-104       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 merciful, slow to get angry and... read more

Rejected by Israel, God Offers Salvation to Gentiles

Psalms 81-83             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 festival! The Feast of... read more

Our God & Savior is for Us, is in Us, and loves Us

Psalms 70-71             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... read more

Trust God; Expect God to Act on our Behalf!

Psalms 40-42                        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 the... read more

Trust & Delight in the LORD for our Days are Numbered

Psalms 37-39            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 little book of big promises is also an... read more

Creation, God’s Word, & the Great Commission Point to Jesus

Psalm 18-19             David sang this psalm 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 he saved me from my... read more

Reflecting on the Character of God, We can Trust His Love

Psalm 13-15             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? How long will my enemy have... read more

God Keeps His Promises / the Gospel Spreads with Power

Psalm 10-12             Closely tied to the previous Psalm, the lament continues in the Hebrew as an alphabetic acrostic describing the deeds of the wicked and ending with confidence the LORD will punish them. 10:2-3 The wicked arrogantly hunt down the poor…. For they brag about their evil desires; they praise the greedy and curse the LORD. 10:4 The wicked are too proud to seek God. They seem... read more

Job Lamented Loss / Jews Rejected, Gentiles Received Jesus

Job 30-31                          In anguish Job lamented over his loss of honor.  He was not even allowed to suffer with dignity because young people, even outcasts opposed and mocked him. 30:9-10 “And now they mock me with vulgar songs! They taunt me! They despise me and won’t come near me, except to spit in my face. 30:12-15 These outcasts oppose me to my... read more
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