In today’s reading we went through chapters 21-25.
In Psalm 21, David discusses how we find joy when we are in the presence of the Lord. I find this to be absolutely true! The more time I spend reading the Word and in prayer with God, the more I am at peace and filled with joy. Happiness is circumstantial, but true joy comes from satisfaction in the Lord. Another piece of this Psalm that I love is when David says through the steadfast love of the Lord he will not be moved. That is so beautiful!
Psalm 22 is another song where we see David crying out to God in distress. He asks why God has forsaken him, and says that he is finding no rest, feeling far from His presence. Yet through all of this, he knows God is still holy and perfect. Even in the seasons when we feel as though God is not hearing our cries, we can put our trust in Him and have faith that He will deliver us. Though God may allow suffering on this earth, He will deliver us from the destruction of this world when we join Him in eternity in Heaven. David also says that despite his despair, he will praise the Lord to his brothers in Christ so they might be encouraged to put their trust in Him.
Psalm 23 is probably the most well-known of all the psalms. I love the analogy of the Lord being our Shepherd. He watches over and cares for us in such an attentive, protective, and loving way. David says that the Lord restores his soul. God does restore us. When we seek Him, we find peace and rest. No matter what we are facing, we do not need to fear because He is always with us and will uphold us for His name’s sake.
In Psalm 24 it says that the earth and all that is in it is the Lord’s—He created it. I think that is something we as humans can easily forget or neglect to take seriously. God created everything. He alone brought the world and life itself into existence. It is by the work of His hands, His voice, that anything exists at all. Because of Him and Him alone we are alive. We should not hold onto anything with selfishness because we do not have the right to do so. We did not create what we have possession of. Anything and everything we own or enjoy has been graciously given to us by the Father, therefore we should thank Him for His grace in blessing us with what He has. He did not have to give us anything, yet He delights in blessing us abundantly. That is pretty amazing!
Psalm 25 is one I can definitely relate to, as David is both praising and crying out to God at the same time. He is praising God for all He has done, yet asking Him to deliver him from his sins. I often find myself praising the Lord for the work He has done in my life, yet crying out to Him for strength to continue on in trying seasons. Once again David discusses the steadfast love of the Lord. We know it must be important to remember, as it mentioned over and over again. His love is unending, unfailing, constant, pure, and true. Because of His love, we are free from slavery to sin and can now walk in the righteousness of Christ. How great is the love of our Lord!
It is beautiful to see the ways God’s Word flows together so seamlessly, as each chapter of Psalms goes so well with the last. It is encouraging reading the struggles of someone who lived an imperfect life like me, and watching him be able to praise the Lord through each trial. What a powerful example!