For our 18th day in the Psalms we read chapters 88-92.
Psalm 88 is different from most of the psalms we read of the author crying out to God. Throughout the song he calls on the name of the Lord in distress, but does not end his song with praise and a sense of peace and hope. I know at times it can be hard to continue praising God when things get rough, but it is in those hard times where we see just how much we need Him. Even though some seasons may be more difficult than others, we can take comfort in knowing that God is still in control and He is a good Father.
Psalm 89 is a wonderful song of praise. It gives God the glory for everything He has created and praises His steadfast love and faithfulness. I love how the author says that God will punish those who go against Him and sin, but He will never stop being faithful to them. There is nothing we can do that could sever that covenant He made by dying for our sins. Though we stumble and fall, and fail Him daily, He will never abandon us. No sin is stronger than the power of Christ’s redeeming blood!
In Psalm 90 Moses says “teach us to number our days…” I like this a lot because so many times we feel as though we are invincible, or that we will live forever, when really we have no idea how long God will have us here on earth. We should make every moment count so that we spend our time serving and glorifying God in all we do.
Psalm 91 is encouraging as we see yet again that the Lord is with those who put their trust in Him. He is faithful to answer—His faithfulness is “like a shield.” He will protect and guard those who are His. I don’t know how much more comforting that can get!
Psalm 92 is another song praising the faithfulness and greatness of our Lord. It is so encouraging to read Psalm after Psalm written by various authors that all flow together, sharing common themes. I love reading about so many different people who were in awe at the grace, mercy, and faithfulness of the Lord! God IS great, He IS faithful, and He deserves nothing less than all of our praise.