Today we went through chapters 31-35.
In Psalm 31 David refers to the Lord as his rock and his fortress. The Lord is his place of safety and rest. He is a stronghold that will not be shaken. I really love how David commits his spirit into the Lord’s hand. That is something serious and beautiful that I want to do in my own life—commit our whole life and being to Him.
Psalm 32 discusses how those who confess their sins and are forgiven are truly blessed. It is so easy for us to try and hide our sin, but we God already sees all of it. There is so much freedom that comes from confessing all we do to Him and the love and forgiveness that we receive from Him when we do.
Psalm 33 is a song of praise. David tells us to give thanks to the Lord with song, singing and playing instruments. This resonates with me, as I love to sing. I find joy when I am able to sing songs of praise and thanksgiving to God and worship Him with my voice. It is truly a blessing! This chapter says yet again that the love of our Lord is steadfast, and that all of His work is done in faithfulness. This is something we should take great comfort in—the fact that whatever the Lord wills to do with happen. He is faithful in all He does! We as His children can put all of our hope in Him as we trust Him to fulfill His promises. “Let Your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in You.” ( Ps. 33:22).
The very first verse in Psalm 34 says “I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” This verse is very powerful when you think about it. David is saying that no matter what happens, no matter the circumstances, he will praise God continually. I know that I struggle at times with continuously praising God during times of trial and stress, yet I know it is what I should be striving to do. God is good, even when what I am going through isn’t. Throughout the rest of this psalm we see that God hears the cries of His people and is near to those who are brokenhearted and crushed in spirit. What an encouraging statement, as we oftentimes feel broken and crushed!
Psalm 35 is one that gave me a new perspective on what it means to be a prayer warrior. In this chapter we see David crying out to God, asking for Him to strike down His enemies, whatever the cost, even to the point of death. While this may seem harsh at first, if we truly believe that God is sovereign over all—including salvation—then we have nothing to fear. We should confidently pray for the Lord to work on behalf of His children, destroying the ways of the wicked so that His glory will be seen above all. We can pray God to restore us and slay our enemies. When we pray for God to make war on our behalf, we are praying for a battle in which the Lord will prevail—we are prayer warriors! What an awesome gift we have in prayer, to be able to speak to our Father and ask for His help in times of trouble.
I am so encouraged each day as I get further and further into the book of Psalms and look forward to every new chapter I get to read. It truly is a blessing that we have been given the Word of the Lord in a tangible form and are able to learn more about who He is. God is good!