For day 17, we read through chapters 83-87.
Chapter 83 is yet another psalm of crying out in distress for God to deliver the author from his enemies. He asks the Lord to destroy those who are against him so they may become like “dung of the ground.” That is a pretty intense image! The author then says “let them perish in disgrace that they may know that you are the Lord and are Most High…” I love this! Those who deny the Lord will be put to disgrace, as they deny the ultimate authority and Creator of all. God will be praised by ALL living things in the end. Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that He IS Lord.
Psalm 84 says “blessed are those who dwell un Your house, ever singing Your praise!” This is a picture of what it will be like for us in heaven. I cannot imagine the joy we will feel when we are finally physically in the presence of the Lord, bowing before Him and able to sing praises and dance before our King. I can’t even fathom the glory we will witness when that time comes!
Verse 10 says “A day in Your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.” This is one of my favorite verse in all of the Psalms. Just one day in the presence of God is far greater than a thousand days anywhere else that we could possibly imagine. We cannot even begin to understand how great our God is, and being witness to such greatness and glory will be overwhelming!
Psalm 85 is a plea for revival. The author speaks of the blessings in times past, asking God to once again revive and bless the hearts of His children. We should be praying for this very thing in our world today—for God to restore our desire for Him in our hearts, placing a fire that cannot easily be put out.
Psalm 86 is a cry for God to save the author. He says, “Save Your servant (slave in the original language) who trusts in You.” I love how he says “save Your slave” because we are slaves for God. We are no longer slaves to sin and wickedness, but slaves to Christ and righteousness. I also love when he says “unite my heart to fear Your name.” We need to be asking for God to instill a proper fear, respect, and admiration of His holy name into our hearts. I want to truly appreciate all that He is and all He has done for me.
Psalm 87 explains how God’s people (in this chapter, Zion) are set apart, above the rest. We are His children and in Him we have been saved from the wickedness of the world. We should feel incredibly blessed to be set apart as sons and daughters of the Almighty King.