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Sit at My Right Hand - Psalm 110
This is such an amazing Royal Psalm, written by David the king. But he is looking forward to a future King promised by God in the covenant who will fulfill the promise of David's kingdom and will also serve as the great High Priest for God's people. Here in the middle of the songs is one that is about Jesus hundreds of years before He is born.
Save Me, O God - Psalm 69
If you have ever felt like you were drowning, don't know how to swim, and someone just handed you an anchor this Psalm is for you. The effects of the Fall and hardships of life come at us from so many angles. Our own sin and failures are a huge part, but add to that suffering, enemies attacking, friends betraying, depression and anxiety, and shame and it makes for dark times with little hope. So what is one to do in those times? This Psalm is a deep lament out of the pit crying out for God to hear and God to act, but the Psalmist also reveals the correct response, and that is to keep believing and worshiping our God.
My Help Comes from the Lord - Psalm 121
The Psalms of Ascent (Psalm 120-134) were a series of songs sung by the Hebrew people as they traveled in bands toward Jerusalem for the pilgrimage festivals. This means they were songs written and then gathered to help the people prepare for their celebration of worship at the Temple and in the city as they were reminded of God's great redemption and care. This song is a simple reminder, I need help and my help comes from the Lord. Too often we want to sing, Where does my help come from? My help comes from within, I have the resources, I can do it alone." But, it is the people who are needy and seek help that will find the strength to stand and the direction to keep moving from the God who never takes a nap.
From Everlasting to Everlasting - Psalm 90
One thing that is for certain, we are not eternal. When we are young it seems like our lives will last forever, we are invincible, and all our dreams will come true. But life has a way of eroding this positivity away. What we learn is that our lives are hard and short, but we still want our days on this blue ball to matter. This Psalm written by Moses points us to the eternality of the God whom we praise. It is in recognizing our fraility but trusting in God's everlasting nature that we can find hope for beyond the grave and purpose and joy for our tough time here.
Bless the Lord, O My Soul - Psalm 103
God is the great giver. In fact, when we are truly honest everything in our lives flows from God and are a result of His beautiful gifts. Some of those gifts are what we call common grace, or the undeserving gifts God has given all humankind. On the other hand, there are so many gifts that come as a result of His redemptive love toward His people. The posture of blessing God and worship sets our heart is the wonderful place of knowing God fully and experiencing the beauty found in His grace.
Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God - Psalm 51
For some of the Psalms, we can actually find the occasion for the writing, and our Psalm this week is an example. Psalm 51 was written after the horrible, wicked, sinful failure with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband Uriah had been exposed by the Holy Spirit. Before, David had been trying to work a massive government cover-up, but the confrontation leaves him seeing his sin clearly, morning it deeply, and walking toward authentic repentance. We need this Psalm on speed dial as it gives us a great prayer to lift from the depths of our sinful moments. What we find is the mercy of Christ in the midst.