The Psalms have always been looked at as a good source of encouragement. Most of them are from David and about his own life. God delivered him from several difficult and sometimes life-threatening situations. We can look to them as a demonstration of God’s faithfulness and have hope in our own challenges. It is comforting to be able to identify with many of the troubles David went through. If you read the book of Psalms, you will notice that there is virtually no scenario that you and I can have that David did not experience in one way or another.
In this book, I pick out verses from selected Psalms and make notes on each. As you read, I encourage you to think about what every verse means to your situation. I hope that what you read in the pages of the book will not only to encourage you, but also inspire you to spend more quiet time with God.
Beautiful Reflections Excerpt (6 of 70 verses)
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
Life has its seasons. When we are in the dry season, we are in that place where everything is dreary and nothing good seems to be happening. While we are in this place, we thirst for God’s goodness and favor, but our circumstances remain the same. This should not cause us to lose hope; God’s ‘silence’ is often his way of teaching us to lean on him and trust him more. You can rest in the knowledge that just as surely as the natural seasons change, your season will change and it will get better.
Good things shall be yours
The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
The young lions do not always have what to devour. Since lions are hunters, their feeding is irregular. Sometimes they are successful in the hunt but most times, they fail and have to go hungry until their next kill. There is a big contrast between these lions and the children of God. This verse reminds us that God’s provision is sure, and if we put our trust in him, he shall meet our needs. There is no question that he will provide, but we must lean on him completely.
My God in his steadfast love will meet me; God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.
This verse comes from a Psalm of David. He had narrowly survived a scheme that Saul devised to kill him. Saul’s men surrounded David’s house, but he managed to escape through a window. The remarkable part of this verse is where he says ‘God will enable me triumph over my enemies’. He said this while he was a fugitive pursued by King Saul, and in the natural, it seemed absurd. Saul had a great army and David was living in the wild; running for his life. Many years later however, David took the throne of Saul, and true to his word, God caused him to triumph over his enemies. We may not have the same kind of enemies that David had, but we can consider our challenges and everything that comes against as our enemy. God will make us triumph over all that is afflicting us and we should therefore always expect victory.
You shall renew me
You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth, you will bring me up again.
There are times when we feel worn out from the many troubles we have faced in life. The Psalmist himself experienced numerous afflictions but was confident God was able to renew his soul. God can renew us both physically and spiritually; he can give us a new joy and vitality we never thought we could have again. Let us believe that everything is possible with God (Mark 9:23) and expect him to renew us.
His ways are always good
The Lord is righteous in all his ways, gracious in all his works.
God is always good. Most people cannot say this with conviction. In our daily lives, when senseless tragedies occur, when we look at the injustices of life, and when terrible things happen to good people, we question God’s goodness. Can a good God permit all this?
David was close to God but experienced so much adversity. King Saul consistently tried to kill him, his truest friend died in battle (2 Samuel 1:1-27) and later on, his own son tried to dethrone him (and lost his life). David experienced all sorts of adversity but still said, ‘the Lord is right in all his ways.’
So, how do we make sense of, or answer the profound question of why God permits so much evil in the world? Job asked this question (Job 21:7-26) and he received an answer: there is so much we don’t know. Therefore it is hard for us to determine what is fair or not. God on the other hand knows everything (and everyone’s heart) and his actions are based on this knowledge. God’s actions are also based on his wisdom which is perfect and just. From a different perspective, God has given us free will and sometimes the tragedies we see are simply people making the wrong choices.
Overall, God’s ways are consistently good and he has no hand in the evil we see. He will sometimes allow troubles or affliction (for a season) but only to accomplish what is good.
God’s promises cannot fail
The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
This is an affirmation of the reliability and truthfulness of the word of God (written and spoken). His word is completely dependable. When we believe and hold on to a promise written in Scripture, we can be sure it will not fail. The Psalmist likens it to silver that has already stood the test of a hot furnace. It is pure and there is no dross in it. God’s word, he says, is like silver tested numerous times that has never been found lacking. We can depend on the word of God.
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