Thursday, March 8, 2012

Psalms: A Primer for Life

Do you know what my favorite book of the Bible is? Psalms. It was my “primer” growing up, a textbook that taught me the basics of life with God. I love Psalms because it showcases the multi-faceted character of God—His mercy and love, His forgiveness and restoration, His zeal and “formidable-ness,” and His patience and wisdom. Psalms showed me that God is Someone we can draw close to, cry out to, and depend on when everything is fine or when everything falls apart. It gave me hope that God could provide for my needs, calm my fears, comfort my sorrows, and strengthen me to serve Him.

David and the other psalmists knew God well. David had spent time with God, thinking about Him and probably talking to Him as he took care of his father’s sheep. When King Saul sought to take his life, God protected him. When David sinned with Bathsheba, he received God’s forgiveness. David knew from experience God’s protection, fellowship, and mercy. When I studied what David and others wrote in the book of Psalms, I was inspired to know God more and to trust Him to also take care of me. I'm still inspired today.

In the weeks to come, I’d like to focus on what the book of Psalms says about God—the glories of who He is and how that relates to us. Because He has perfect knowledge, He knows what our needs are. Because He has supreme power, He has the ability to meet those needs. More than that, He is Someone worth knowing, loving, and serving just because of who He is. His heart of love, His strength, and His goodness move us to follow Him. How have the Psalms, and the God who inspired them, blessed you? Leave a comment about what Psalms means to you. As David said in Psalm 103:2 (NKJV), “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits”!

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