For the second day of the Psalms reading plan, we went through chapters 6-10.
In Psalm 6, David cries out to the Lord in despair. He shows us that even in times of distress, the Lord hears our cries. We can take comfort in knowing that no matter the circumstances, our Heavenly Father is there for His children.
Chapter 7 is important, as it reminds us that the Lord knows the hearts of men—both the righteous (those made righteous by the blood of Christ) and the unrighteous. David asks for his sin to be made known. If he has wronged his brother, he wants to know so that he can be held accountable for it. This is so interesting to see, as most people (myself included) struggle with being open about their sin, when the reality is—God already knows!
Psalm 8 is a beautiful song of praise. David says, “Who is man that You are mindful of him, and the Son of man that You care for him?” God in His infinite grace, love, and mercy, showed His love for us by sending His Son to dwell among us and suffer alongside man on the earth. “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” (Ps. 8:9).
Psalms 9 and 10 discuss how the wicked of this world are arrogant and prideful in their sin. They act as though God does not exist—as if He cannot see what they are doing, so they can avoid consequences. But in the end, God will blot them out and no one will even remember their name. The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, for His children who cry out to Him for help. When all is said and done, it will be the name of the Lord that will last forevermore. He alone is constant, never changing, in control. “16 The Lord is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land. 17 O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear 18 to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.” (Psalm 10:16-18).
Throughout the Psalms, David tells us that he gives thanks with his whole heart. What a convicting thought! When I give thanks and praise to the Lord, I should be doing it with my whole heart—giving thanks for everything He has blessed me with. Any and everything I have is because of His grace, so I should give Him my everything, my heart.
This reading plan has already been a huge blessing just in the first two days! I am excited to see what else I will learn in the coming weeks.