Psalm 104 is a psalm of praise to God for the glory of His creation. The way creation responds to Him models what should be our response to Him as well - revealing, obeying , and rejoicing in the Creator.
God’s sovereignty is not a topic that gets a lot of attention; it’s not one of the more popular doctrines, because its implications are not always pleasant. However, a proper view of the sovereignty of God shows us that the King of the world is not a distant power; this God moves on and within this world, and wants a personal, intimate relationship with us, His creation.
Today’s psalm is a song about singing. It tells us the what (a new song), how (joyfully), why (remembering God’s work), and when (any time) we are to sing.
In these two short verses, David expresses a desire that his sin not cause others who claim the name of God to be put to shame. He acknowledges his sin, being conscious of the consequences of his actions and the impact on others. We should follow his example!
God’s grace is His gift to His people. This psalm encourages us to live in this grace and share this good news, so that all the peoples of the world may one day praise the Lord.
Psalm 46 celebrates God’s power through the image of a strong fortress. A fortress isn’t immune to the chaos around it, but its strength protects those within as chaos ensues. Our fortress also provides protection when enemies attack, and will one day put an end to the chaos and attacks with the word “ENOUGH!”
The verbiage of Psalm 42 is nowhere near as beautiful as the melody of the song “As the Deer.” The image in this psalm is one of an individual going through spiritual drought and a deluge of hopelessness, longing desperately to know that God has not forsaken them. Multiple times, though, we see this cry of despair followed by a statement of hope, thanks to the strength provided from God.
When Jesus cried out “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”, he was quoting Psalm 22:1. This psalm both described a person in a desparate situation, and was a prophecy that pointed forward to Christ. Through this suffering, though, the psalmist praises the Lord for not hiding His face, and hearing his cry for help.
Psalm 32 is a companion psalm to Psalm 51. The latter was David’s prayer of repentance, but today’s psalm is a song of celebration to the Lord for His forgiveness. He heals our brokenness, teaches us His way, and gives us a reason to sing!
David sinned, and thought he’d gotten away with it for nearly a year; then, Nathan appeared and, through God, convicted him of that sin. This psalm is David’s prayer for forgiveness, and demonstrates the heart of repentance we need to have. If we truly repent, we can trust that God’s forgiveness is real, and help us turn ourselves to Him.