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.
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.