This psalm of ascent is also a psalm of lament; it expresses the heart of a servant of God who has taken more than they thought they could take. Their only hope is to look to the Lord for His salvation. Like them, we need to set our eyes on the Lord, and trust Him to bring deliverance and mercy to us.
Dalmatians may be cute dogs, but there’s nothing cute about a Christian with spotty theology. Having a proper view and application of Scripture (while avoiding common pitfalls) is vital if we are going to stand when trials come.
This psalm is a celebration of God’s protection for His people. He will shelter us, love us, hear us, and rescue us in our time of trouble.
The lone Psalm attributed to Moses presents some constrasts. God is eternal, yet His people are frail; and His people are sinful, yet He is holy. The good news, though, comes in the third contrast; if God’s people call out to Him for compassion, He is merciful to them.
“How good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” is the opening line of Psalm 133. Unity is the ideal presented in Scripture; we should strive for and celebrate it, because it is a prerequisite for the blessings of God.
Parts of Psalm 139 are very popular, but the entire psalm, taken as a whole, is a celebration of God’s presence, knowledge, power, and protection. The change of tone near the end also reminds us that we should have no part in a life of sin.
Today’s psalm is a psalm of pure praise; there is no petition for God’s help, and no calling for Him to come and destroy the evil people surrounding the city. We celebrate God’s power and greatness, and understand that His very presence is the best companion and comfort we could ever have.
When Jesus ate the Passover meal with His disciples, just before He was betrayed, He changed that meal from one that remembered God’s provision in Egypt to one that would remember Him. Whenever we participate, we share with our family, we look forward in hope, and we let the remembrance inspire us to gratitude for His sacrifice.
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.