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The Greatest Confession
Psalm 51 is a Psalm of David entirely devoted to confessing sin. The description in the heading of Psalm 51 tells us that David wrote this after Nathan the prophet confronts him on his sin with Bathsheba. David wrote this great confession, and it breaks down really nicely into 4 elements or sections for us to walk through. Next time we blow it perhaps we should remember these four steps and follow them when we confess our sins.
Psalm 46 is known as a Song of Zion. This psalm, along with a handful of others, is different because instead of celebrating God’s character, the Songs of Zion highlight and rejoice in God’s special relationship to Mt. Zion/Jerusalem, where His temple is located, and to His chosen people who worship Him there.
Trust & Obey
This morning we’re going to press on in our Psalms of Summer series by camping out in Psalm 40 where we learn that the people of God are marked by trust and obedience.
The Fear of the Lord Amid Hardship
Psalm 34 is broken up into two sections. Verses 1-10 are recorded praises and verses 11-22 are David’s teaching. Let’s go ahead and start with what I believe to be the main subject to what David is writing on: The fear of the Lord.
Reasons for Worship
Psalm 33 tells us that corporate worship is imperative. These first three verses contain six imperatives and use six different Hebrew words for worship. David is not suggesting but telling all who have been made righteous because of God’s forgiveness that the only appropriate response is worship.
Blessed are the Forgiven
This psalm is all over the map structurally. It is a mixture of wisdom literature and songs of thanksgiving. It is classified as a psalm of penitence with 6 other psalms, and yet it is also full of rejoicing and thanksgiving. There is reflection, declarations of praise, words given by God, words of wisdom and calls to worship and praise. It’s kind of a hard psalm to nail down, though the message is very clear. The big idea of the Psalm comes down to this: We are happiest in life when we walk in God’s forgiveness.