The Story of God and Man

Claudia Elzinga

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 …

Bless the Lord, O My Soul

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Psalms 102-104 Like Job, the author of Psalm 102 struggles with unexplained suffering. He grieves because of personal problems and the problems of Zion (his church). He compares the brevity of life and God’s eternity. This comparison is applied to Christ in Hebrews 1. May our concerns be not only for ourselves but for the welfare of the church for which Christ died. Let us face these concerns in faith, knowing that Christ has come to bring victory …

The King Is Coming

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Psalms 96-101 At the arrival of the ark of the covenant in Jerusalem, a song was sung, part of which was Psalm 96. The psalm emphasizes giving glory to the Lord. It repeats the phrase “The Lord reigns” and says He is coming to judge the world. Psalm 97 again repeats this phrase and emphasizes God’s majesty and His judgment. Psalm 98 urges everyone to sing praises to God and commands the physical world to join in. Psalm …

O Worship the King

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Psalms 90-95 Most of the psalms in Book 4 seem to be intended for public worship. While most are anonymous, Psalm 90 is ascribed to Moses. It is commonly used at funerals. Isaac Watts loosely paraphrased it in the familiar hymn “O God, Our Help in Ages Past.” Psalm 91 expresses faith in God’s care in time of danger. It echoes the Song of Moses in Deuteronomy 32 and some of the psalms of David. Psalm 92 is …

The Cry of the Heart

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Psalms 86-89 In Psalm 86, David cries out for help. He sees no evidence that his prayer is being answered, but he continues to pray. Perhaps you have some problem today. There seems to be no answer. Keep trusting, keep praying. God will help you. Do not give up. Zion was a name for Jerusalem. Christians naturally apply to the church the good promises made to Jerusalem. Psalm 87 inspired John Newton to write the great hymn “Glorious …

Joys and Sorrows

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Psalms 80-85 Psalm 80 probably describes the distress of those in Jerusalem as they hear of the fall of Samaria. Three times the refrain “Restore us” is heard. They had been rival groups, but there is no note of glee, only one of sorrow. “Restore us” may express the desire that the old united kingdom be brought back into existence. So with us, problems in other denominations ought never to be a source of joy, but only one …