Enjoying the poetic love of Psalms, we are lifted up by the love of God. As we luxuriate in His Word, His supernatural way is to enable us to love ourselves, and others as our Father loves. The beautiful words of our ancestors give us permission to talk to God with pure transparency. We too can stand in awe of His majesty and gladly praise Him in all things.
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth. The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous.” Psalm 19
The Psalms teach us to pray with respect for Who is listening. God knows our hearts, He has written all our days in a book. It is God’s desire that we live out the book that He wrote for us, before we were born. He assigned angels to help us accomplish all that He wants, using the gifts He gave us. As a person of Christ prays in the Spirit, the Holy Spirit activates angelic activity which enables us to live on purpose as we fulfill the agenda God preordained for us.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you.” Psalm 139:13-18 – God said; “See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared. Pay attention to him and listen to what he says. Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since my Name is in him. If you listen carefully to what he says and do all that I say, I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you.” Exodus 23:20-25
Do not bow down or worship angels, but listen to them. We are to worship the LORD our God, and His blessing will be on our food and water. We are to work with our fellow servants, the angels. As we pray, we are to set ourselves apart like David did when he worshipped the Lord. “Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language and people.” Revelation 14:6 –
Psalm 91 states that when we sit under the shadow of God Almighty, we are hidden in the strength of the Most High. Our Father is the hope that we confidently cling to. Our Father is trustworthy; whatever He speaks is the everlasting truth. God does not change, His Word is unshakable. We declare that there are no other gods before us. We wisely choose to smash any idols that attempt to elevate themselves above God. He is the One who gives us great confidence. He rescues us from every hidden trap of the enemy. False accusations or any deadly curse; bounce off our shield of faith in the One who never leaves us. We wisely choose His covering of majesty and His trustworthy faithfulness. We are victorious against night terrors or demonic forces. When attacks come, we are not afraid, but with confidence we speak boldly and the demons scatter in fear. During disasters, when thousands perish, we will remain unharmed. We will watch as the unbelievers vanish in righteous judgment. Walking in the shadow of God, we are in the secret hiding place. Evil runs as we stand firmly in the authority given to us. We prevail against all attacks. God sends His angels with special orders to protect us. If we walk into a trap, our angels are there to keep us from stumbling. We stomp evil under our feet. Our Father declared: “Because you have delighted in Me and kept My Word, I will protect you. “In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” Ephesians 6:16
The Holy Spirit inspired every Psalm for our benefit. The Holy Spirit ministers to us as our Comforter, Teacher and Counselor. As we acknowledge our personal angels, they are glad to be invited to work with us. They show up in full power to serve along with us. We can feel secure and safe as our angels protect us. – Psalms was supernaturally scribed for use in the Temple of God and verses that compel us to repent. “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue You, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and You lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.” Psalm 139 – “He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” Psalm 91:4
David, the shepherd who became king is considered to be the main commissioned writer as he lends his voice to the Spirit. Seventy three of the 150 Psalms were penned by David. Moses wrote Psalm 90 and Solomon wrote 72 and 127.
The New Testament quotes Psalms at least 20 times as they refer us to Christ. As we read the Psalms, we connect with the joy of the Lord, and His countless blessings. Our deepest feelings of alienation are removed as the Spirit of God ministers to our souls. “From my birth I was cast upon you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God…I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint…my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth…They have pierced my hands and feet.” (Psalm 22)
Psalms was supernaturally scribed for use in the Temple of God and verses that compel us to repent. The man after God’s own heart, crumbled in recognition of his sin. “Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight.” “Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord. Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek Him with all their heart—they do no wrong but follow His ways.” Psalm 119
As God is our dwelling place like Moses wrote “Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations” (Psalm 90) Trusting in God’s Truth, we walk in confidence, assured that He will never forsake us. “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.” (John 15:7). The deep Word of God touches down in our soul as it waters the seed of Truth planted in us.
The great words contained in Psalm 119:154-156 exalt the Son of God from whom salvation comes. “Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek out your decrees. Your compassion is great, O Lord.” The book of Psalm is in the middle of the Bible; however, the deeper fact is that the Psalms reflect all of the human experience.
It is a book dedicated to us by God. That we may connect to our Father’s heart. These inspired words are for the sick, the suffering, all who are trapped in addictions, all who are alone, feeling rejected. These divinely written words draw us close to our Comforter.
“As far as the east is from the west,
so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12
When we turn to walk towards our Father, He runs to meet us. When we ask for our sins to be forgiven, our Father wipes our slate clean with the blood of Jesus, and He remembers our sins no more. The final Psalm 150 “Praise the Lord. Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heavens. Praise Him for His acts of power; praise Him for his surpassing greatness. Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise Him with the harp and lyre, praise Him with tambourine and dancing, praise Him with the strings and flute, praise Him with the clash of cymbals, praise Him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.” —
“You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue You, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and You lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.” Psalm 139
Enjoy the treasure hunt for Jesus. “Everything must be fulfilled that is written about Me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” (Luke 24:44) The book of Psalm reveals the prophecy of the King of kings: Psalms; 40:6; 22; 49; 110; 16.
LESSON: Worship God in Spirit and in the secret place.
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“It is finished” 5/20/19