Continue to Wait for God

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Psalms 38-41 Psalm 38 is the third of the penitential psalms. The expression of repentance should have a significant place in our lives. Having acknowledged the sad consequences of his sin, the psalmist waits for the blessing of God which he knows will come to those with a penitent spirit. In Psalm 39, David is overwhelmed by his frailty, but his response is, “And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in thee” (v. 7). …

Wait Patiently for God

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Psalms 34-37 When David fled from Saul, he sought refuge with Achish (Abimelech). However, when David realized he might be killed by Achish, he acted mentally imbalanced and so escaped. He then wrote this psalm, expressing his relief and gratitude for being spared from a dangerous situation. This psalm must have meant a great deal to the apostle Peter, who refers to it several times in his letters. In Psalm 35, David is again faced with his enemies …

Pain and Praise

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Psalms 29-33 In Psalm 29 God is praised as the writer considers the power of God expressed in thunder. Here we note one of the techniques of the psalms, repetition. Lord is mentioned 18 times in 11 verses. The result is to focus our attention where it ought to be focused, on the Lord. In the RSV, the heading of Psalm 30 speaks of the temple, since the Hebrew word is beth, which means “house.” But the occasion …

Shepherd and King

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Psalms 23-28 We who have heard Jesus say to us, “I am the Good Shepherd,” see Jesus in this wonderful shepherd psalm. He is the One who leads us. He is the One who comforts us, and because of His goodness, we shall dwell with Him forever. The Shepherd is also the King of Glory described in Psalm 24. A psalm like this should fill our hearts with exultation. It is fitting that our hearts should burst forth …

The Word of God

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Psalms 19-22 This section contains outstanding psalms. Psalm 19 is divided into two parts. The first extols God’s revelation in nature. The second gives even higher praise to the greater revelation in the written Word. It describes the greatness of God’s Word and the wonderful effect it has on those who read it and apply it to their lives. The 20th psalm talks about the day of trouble and expresses the desire that God may answer prayer in …