July 7, 2021
DAY 186: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
On our journey today, the Psalmist recounts the history of Israel. A history cluttered with their struggle with sin.
Ask God for His understanding of Psalms 78-80. Read Psalms 78-80. Let’s journey.
As we journey through the third book of Psalms, remember that nearly every psalm can be classified as a psalm of Lament or a psalm of praise. A lament is cry to the Lord, asking Him to do something, most often when we are in pain, confused, or angry. A psalm of praise is a prayer of joy and celebration, thanking the Lord for His work.
Psalms 78-80: The Psalmist begins by recounting Israel’s history which is cluttered with succumbing to sin, being punished, and restored. This theme is repeated over and over again throughout Israel’s history. The Psalmist concludes seeking God’s deliverance from Israel’s enemies which the Psalmist understands as God’s punishment against Israel for returning to sinful living. (Psalms 78:1-80:19)
Read chapters 78-80, and ask yourself these questions: Are these psalms of lament or praise? How do you know? What does this psalm teach you about the God? Take a moment and offer up to God at least one praise and one lament from your own life.
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