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.
In this Psalm, David praises the Lord for healing him. David had sinned and God had brought His judgment on him, but God intervened and brought David back from the brink of death. David celebrates that God’s anger is short-lived, but His grace endures forever; and, we know that “joy in the morning” is a certainty, not an empty cliché.
This world can be a scary place, and there are legitimate struggles that we will face. Trust in the Lord is essential for victory over those fears.
We say that we want to know what the Lord’s will is; however, He has shown us what He wants us to do. To truly experience the blessings of the Lord, it is not enough to be shown His ways - we must follow them as well.
Psalm 23 is one of the most familiar passages of Scripture in the Bible. These familiar words remind us that God has given us His heart, provides us with what we need, protects us in the darkest times, and will one day welcome us home.
We will all find ourselves, at one point or another, in a period of trouble. When this happens, we know that God will be with us; that He will supply what when need, when we need it; and that He will prove trustworthy, far beyond what earthly targets of our trust could ever do.
People today are living their lives, in large part, distracted by technology to a point where they miss obvious things around them. Today’s psalm reminds us that we need to hear what God is telling us, both through His creation and through His Word. When we listen, it should motivate our loving obedience to Him.