God inspired men to write what we call The Book of Psalms over a period of about 900 years. The Psalms tell the history of what God has done, celebrate what God does for His people today, and prophesy the glorious things He will do in the future. The Psalms are wonderfully encouraging and constructive. For the weary, the Psalms recount God’s promises and instruct us in how to respond to them. This article seeks to encourage the weary.
These praises, promises and corresponding directives come from just the first ten Psalms. The text needs no embellishment from this author. May His Word always be a blessing to you.
PROMISES AND PRAISES (Reasons to be encouraged)
The Lord knows the ways of the righteous…(1:6a)
Blessed are they who take refuge in Him. (2:12b)
O Lord, You are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. (3:3)
I cried to the Lord and He answered me…(3:4a)
The Lord hears when I call to Him. (4:3b)
You, O God, make me lie down in peace and safety. (4:18)
The Lord hears my voice…(5:3a)
The Lord protects…(5:11)
The Lord has heard my plea, and accepted my prayer. All my enemies shall be ashamed…(6:9-10)
My shield is with God, Who saves the upright in heart. (7:10)
The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed…(9:9)
The Lord does not forsake those who seek Him. (9:10b)
God is a helper to the helpless and Father to the fatherless. (10:14)
DIRECTIVES (How to respond to the promises and praises)
Walk not in the counsel of the wicked…(1:1)
Delight in the law of the Lord…(1:2)
Serve the Lord with fear…(2:11)
Do not be afraid of the many thousands of people who have set themselves against you..(3:6)
Be angry yet do not sin. (4:4a)
Offer the right sacrifices…(4:5a)
Put your trust in the Lord. (4:5b)
Rejoice and sing for joy…(5:11a)
Repent or God will act…(7:12)
Give the Lord thanks for His righteousness… (7:17a)
Sing praise to the Lord Most High. (7:17b)
Give thanks to the Lord with your whole heart…(9:1a)
Put your trust in the Lord…(9:10a)
Recount all His praises…rejoice in His salvation. (9:14)
Commit yourself to God…(10:14)
This list is merely a sampling of the instruction and inspiration in the first ten chapters of the book of Psalms. I encourage all – particularly the weary – to continue this study.
Review the Psalms daily. Write praises, promises and directives in a journal. Incorporate this information into your prayer life. Rejoice in the praises, claim the promises, and ask God to help you fulfill His directives.
May God bless you as you grow in Him.
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