The God of History

READ : Psalms 78-79 Psalm 78 is one of several psalms recounting God’s dealings with His people in the past. It describes the “glorious deeds of the Lord” (v. 4), emphasizing the importance of passing on the story to our children. It tells how God brought the Israelites out of Egypt and cared for them in the wilderness, “yet they …

From Sadness to Joy

READ : Psalms 73-77 Book 3 of the psalms begins with psalms written by Asaph, founder of a temple choir. Psalm 73 describes his jealousy of the wicked who prosper. Then he describes how entering the temple made him realize that in the end the wicked would lose. The destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians seems to be the occasion …

My God, Lord of the World

READ : Psalms 66-72 Psalm 66 calls the whole world to thank God, but ends on this personal note: “I will tell what he has done for me” (v. 16). The Lord with whom we have a personal relationship is Lord of all the earth. The next psalm contains the same truth but moves in the opposite direction: may the …

From Danger to Victory

READ : Psalms 59-65 Psalm 59, apparently written after David became king, looks back at that episode when he had to slip out of a window to avoid being captured by his enemy, Saul. He had been in danger, but now he was enjoying victory, which was only because of God’s blessings. Look back and see God’s merciful hand at …

When in Danger

READ : Psalms 54-58 Psalm 54 is David’s cry to God for help when he was betrayed by men of his own tribe who had told Saul where he could find David. From time to time all of us find ourselves in difficult situations. The place to turn is where David turned, to God. While the occasion is not specified, …