Praise the Lord

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Psalms 144-150 Verses in Psalm 144 are similar to those in several other psalms, especially Psalm 18. Common themes run through the Psalter as well as through the whole Bible. Psalm 145 is the last of the psalms attributed to David and the last of the acrostic psalms. I have often read this psalm to the mothers of newborn infants, for birth is surely a “wondrous work” and parents are called to pass the faith on to the …

The I–Thou Relationship

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Psalms 138-143 David had a very personal relationship with God. In Psalm 138 this is especially noticeable with the constant use of I, me, my and even more thou, thee, thy. This is biblical religion. It is also expressed in Psalm 139 where the psalmist is conscious that he lives his life in the presence of God. In Romans 3:10-18, Paul draws most of his witness to the depravity of man from Psalm 140. In Psalm 141 David …

In Victory and Defeat

Claudia Elzinga

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

Claudia Elzinga

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

Claudia Elzinga

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

Claudia Elzinga

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. …