For day 15, we read Psalms 73-77.
Psalm 73 is a song praising the strength of the Lord. In it we see the author Asaph thank God for His goodness, saying that God is his “strength and portion forever.” The chapter explains how he would envy the wicked that prosper, as they find satisfaction in the things of the world. Yet he understood that ultimately their glory ends on earth, whereas those who are children of God will gain blessings forevermore in eternity spent with Him. This psalm is a good reminder for us today that despite the rich and famous people we see, who live seemingly glamorous lives, their satisfaction is found in things that are fleeting. In the end, if we find our joy in the Lord, we will have nothing to lose.
Psalm 74 is a cry out to God for rescue from his enemies. The author asks the Lord to “Arise, O God, defend your cause,” (Ps. 74:22a). He is asking God to destroy those who slander and dishonor His mighty name. I found this to be something I should be doing as well. I want to take offense when someone curses or dishonors my God, for He is mighty and worthy to be praised!
In Psalm 75 we are reminded that God is the ultimate judge. He alone has complete authority over all the earth and will bring justice in its truest, purest form. We do not need to fear the schemes of the wicked, but instead put our trust in Him. God’s Word tells us over and over again that He will protect His people, we need only have faith.
Psalm 76 discussed what it means to have a proper fear of the Lord. He is sovereign, in total control of everything, deserving our utmost respect and praise. There is nothing above Him—everything in existence was created by Him and for Him. The Word tells us that even the earth will tremble and fall, worshiping His holy name. How awesome of a picture is that?
Psalm 77 is another reminder to us that in times of distress we can find peace when we seek the Lord above all else. He gives strength to His people and saves them from ultimate destruction. The author says that he will meditate on the deeds of the Lord. I think this is important for us to do during trials, because in the midst of our troubles and pain we lose focus of God’s goodness. We must remember that even when our circumstances are bad, our God is still good! When we focus on God’s goodness, nothing else matters.