In Victory and Defeat

READ : Psalms 132-137 Psalm 132 describes the devotion of David to God and of God to David. We are to serve God whatever the cost, but what He does for us is far greater than what we do for Him. Psalm 133 exemplifies the biblical practice of comparing in the most vivid terms spiritual realities with the physical, and here this literary form describes how refreshing it is to live together in harmony, which should have a very high …

Prepare to Worship

READ : Psalms 120-131 Psalms 120-134 are called the “Songs of Ascent,” and were probably sung by people who traveled a distance to worship in the temple at the annual feasts. Psalm 120 is the cry of one who is in distress still in a distant land. The traveler was sometimes in danger, so Psalm 121 is a confession of faith in God as One who keeps His people in safety. In Psalm 122 Jerusalem has come into sight, and …

The Word of God

READ : Psalm 119 Every verse in this lengthy psalm speaks about the Word of God, using various designations such as law, testimonies, precepts, statutes, commandments, ordinances, word and promise. The psalm is an acrostic in which the first eight verses begin with the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, aleph, the next eight with the second letter, beth, until the end of the alphabet is reached. Over and over, the psalmist tells us how much he loves the Word …

Hallelujah

READ : Psalms 111-118 Most of the psalms in this section begin with “Praise the Lord” which, in Hebrew, is Hallelujah. This is to be the constant attitude of our hearts. Psalms 111 and 112 are both acrostics (each having 22 lines beginning with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet). Psalm 111 describes God with a mention of His “works” in half the verses. God is an active God, revealing the kind of God He is by what He does. …

The Lord’s Steadfast Love

READ : Psalms 107-110 Psalm 107 describes four scenes where people are in trouble. Then come the words, “Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.” Then there is a description of how the Lord delivered them, followed by the refrain, “Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to the sons of men!” After the fourth scene, there is a description of how God blesses people, …

The Story of God and Man

READ : Psalms 105-106 Psalms 105 and 106 both begin with “O give thanks to the Lord” and end with “Praise the Lord!” Psalm 105 recounts the mighty acts of God from the call of Abraham to the entrance to the Promised Land. Sentence after sentence begins with “He” and tells what God did for Israel. Psalm 106 recounts the history of God’s people from the Exodus to the judges. It tells the human side, how Israel again and again …