From Sadness to Joy

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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

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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

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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

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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, …

God’s Deliverance

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READ : Psalms 48-53 Psalm 46 expresses David’s joy on an occasion of deliverance. God’s rescuing us should be reason for expressing our gratitude. Surely “Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised.” We have pointed out that the poetic section of the Old Testament is called Wisdom Literature. In Psalm 49 we see a connection between the psalms …