Enjoying a panoramic view of Psalms is to see as God sees. As we luxuriate in His Word, His supernatural way is to enable us to love ourselves, and others as our Father loves. These beautiful, honest words of our ancestors give us permission to speak to God with the utmost transparency. Taking a sweeping view of a total of 807,000 words contained in the 66 books of the Bible. We can identify with the expressed experiences of great joy, sorrow, victory and failure. The book of Psalm reveals the prophecy of the King of Kings and His priestly office in Psalms; 40:6; 22; 49; 110.
We see the resurrection of Jesus in Psalm 16. 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 Holy Spirit inspired every word for our benefit. It is He who ministers to us as our Comforter, Teacher and Counselor.
The New Testament quotes Psalms at least 20 times as they refer us to Christ. As we read Psalm, 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)
We find words 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.” David cried out for mercy and by his example we learn that we must confess our sin of hate to God. “Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness.” (1 John 1:9). 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 by God for the sinner. 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
Psalm boasts of God’s perfect love and law. 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.” — 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)
LESSON: Praise God in all things.
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“It is finished” 4/18/19