Reading Through the Psalms

Reading Through the Psalms

My church has been reading through Psalms and Proverbs together. I have always loved Psalms, but in this season of life they have become truly precious to me. Daily I am reminded of the goodness, faithfulness and glory of my Heavenly Father. I am reminded that God knows me. He sees me and He hears the cries of my heart. He will deliver those who love Him and follow His ways, and I know that I can trust in Him completely.

Does this mean that my life will be free of trouble? Of course not. King David, who wrote many of the Psalms, certainly did not have an easy life. He was pursued by enemies, he was forced to hide in caves, he was mocked by his wife and some of his children turned against him. Also, David was not a perfect man. He made a few wicked choices, but when he was confronted with his sin, he fell on his face and repented. God was faithful and forgave him. God always delivered him from situations that make many of our situations look miniscule.

I could probably talk all day about the different Psalms and how The Lord has used them to show me more about who He is and how He loves and cares for us. But, the Psalm that has  been near to my heart recently is Psalm 46.

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
Come, behold the works of the Lord,
how he has brought desolations on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots with fire.
“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

Does it ever feel like the world is falling apart around you? For me, this past year has had it’s share of roaring, foaming and tottering. Being still in those situations is not my natural tendency. but through it all He has been my refuge and my strength. Even when the mountains were threatening to crumble into the sea, The Lord was in my midst and He made a way.

More and more it is becoming part of my nature to run to Him in those moments. I am learning to be still and know that He is God. I am learning to let Him fight my battles. More and more I am learning that He is always with me. More and more I am realizing that in spite of how short I fall, I am loved by Him. My favorite thing about the Psalms is how they show us the character and nature of God.

I admit that when our pastor announced that we were going to be reading through Psalms, I was excited about the poetry of it. I didn’t expect my heart to be touched as deeply as it has been. But, the more I learn about who God is, the more I fall in love with Him. Falling deeper and deeper in love with Him changes everything! I am thankful for this time and I know that I have been changed because of it.

 

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