My God, Lord of the World

Claudia Elzinga

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 God who blesses us be praised by all the peoples of the earth. The more God means to us, the …

From Danger to Victory

Claudia Elzinga

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 work in your life. Give Him the praise. The background of Psalm 60 was this: David and his troops were …

When in Danger

Claudia Elzinga

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, Psalm 55 is another response of David when he feels betrayed. Again he cries out to God for help. The …

God’s Deliverance

Claudia Elzinga

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 and other books in this section. In the first few verses there are a number of words such as wisdom, …

God Is the Ruler Yet

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Psalms 42-47 Book 2 consists of Psalms 42-72. Most of the psalms in Book 1 are ascribed to David, but these have a variety of authors. Psalms 42 and 43 are obviously connected by these common sentences: “Why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy” (42:9; 43:2) and “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me?” (42:5,11; 43:5). The latter goes on to say, “Hope in God; for …

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). …