March 17, 2021
DAY 74: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Todays journey through the book of Psalms shows King David’s commitment to three biblical concepts. The first is the importance of praising God. The second is the importance of understanding our dependance on God – deliverance. The third is the necessity to confess our sin to God.
Take a moment to seek God in prayer. Ask Him to give you His understanding of today’s journey through Psalms 30-32. Ask Him to help you make His desire the desire of your life. Read Psalms 30-32. Let’s journey!
In this, the first book of Psalms, the majority of the psalms are written by King David. Throughout the book of Psalms, 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.
Psalm 30-32: Our first psalm today is a psalm of praise! King David praises the Lord for delivering him from whatever circumstance he was facing at the time. It is important to praise the Lord because it acknowledges that you understand what the Lord is doing for you. Don’t forget to praise Him for all things in your life because He is always working even when it does not show up as an “Ah-Ha!” moment. Our next psalm is a Psalm of deliverance. In this Psalm, King David acknowledges that God protects us from, and deliveries us from, our enemies. Don’t get confused! Our enemies come in many forms. An enemy could be a mugger waiting to rob you. An enemy could be sin that you secretly nourish, hiding it from your family and friends, until one day it demands your soul. All of David’s Psalms reveal that he encountered many kinds of enemies throughout his life. It was his personal relationship with God that separated him from others. David knew God. God loved David because David sought God and submitted his ungodly desires to God for deliverance. In our final psalm, King David tells us the importance of acknowledging our sin to God. We are to confess our sin to God. David knows God. David has a relationship with God. David suffered when he allowed unconfessed sin to strain his relationship with God. Confess, and rejoice! (Psalm 30:1-32:11)
Read chapters 30 through 32, and ask yourself these questions: Are these psalms of lament or praise? How do you know? What deeper understanding of David is provided through these psalms? Take a moment and offer at least one praise and one lament from your own life.
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