For today’s reading, we studied chapters 17-20.
In Psalm 17 David is yet again crying out to God. He says that he calls upon the Lord and knows He will answer. David also says that he walks in the statutes of God. This is something we should work hard to do as well, learning more about Christ and living in a way that glorifies God; acting like the example we have in His son.
Psalm 18 was the longest that I have read so far in this challenge and was one of the most encouraging. Throughout the Psalm we see David praising God, thanking Him for the ways He delivered him from all of his enemies. Though David was weak, the Lord made him strong. When he was afraid, he placed his confidence in the Lord. We see that God is near to the righteous and a refuge to all who cry out to Him.
Psalm 19 is another song of praise to the Lord. David tells us “the law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul” (Ps. 19:7). The word of God brings new life to our soul! When we read God’s Word, we learn more about who He is and who we are as His children. We are told that His word “makes wise the simple.” We have nothing to lose by studying the Word, but knowledge, wisdom, and a better understanding of God to gain!
Psalm 20 tells us once again to put our trust in the Lord. I love how that is one of the underlying themes of the book of Psalms. It is so important and we definitely need that reminder day by day. Some put their trust in the things of this world, which will fade away, but those who put their trust in Him have faith in the One who is constant and will never change. This allows us to have great confidence—not in ourselves, but in knowing our sovereign Lord is in control!
I am thankful for the encouragement I receive each day as I continue to go deeper into this book, and look forward to learning more and more throughout this study of the Psalms.