Today we studied Psalms chapters 11-16.
In chapter 11, David tells us he takes refuge in the Lord. The Lord sees all that happens, both with the wicked and the righteous. David says that the Lord will test the righteous, but He hates those who are wicked. This reminds me of James 1:2-3 which says the Lord tests our faith in order to produce steadfastness. He tests our faith in Him because He loves us and wants us to grow.
Psalm 12 discusses the evilness of man—he is prideful and full of sin, born with a wicked heart. God sees all that we are and will provide refuge to those who trust in Him from the destruction of this world. What an encouraging truth! While the Bible tells us that we will undergo trials and suffering on this earth, we can take comfort in knowing that the pain we may experience here is nothing in comparison to the joy that we will experience for all eternity.
Psalm 13 is interesting because we get to see a different side of David. He is crying out to the Lord in distress, feeling as though He is far from him. He asks for strength against his enemies. Even though he is suffering, he still chooses to trust in the steadfast love of the Lord.
Psalm 14 reminded me a lot of Romans chapter 3. In it David discussed how none is righteous, no not even one—no one seeks for God, all have turned aside, rejecting the Lord. He tells us that the fool says in his heart “There is no God.” The wicked commit evil deeds toward the poor, weak, and powerless—yet God sees all. He will restore the righteous!
In chapter 15 David describes those who will “dwell on the Lord’s holy hill.” He describes them as being those who do good, walk in righteousness and follow the Lord.
Psalm 16 was by far my favorite that I have read during these first 3 days! David says, “I have no good apart from You.” What a powerful statement! It is so true. Anything good that we have comes from the Lord. He is the ultimate good, and through Him we receive grace and mercy. David also reminds us that those who run after other “gods” (in today’s world that might be money, sex, a job, relationship, food, etc.) will never be satisfied. “In His presence is fullness of joy.” This says it all! True satisfaction and contentment comes from God. He IS enough.
Check back tomorrow to learn about chapters 17-20!