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Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Psalms: A Look into the Heart of David (Psalm 24:1)

"Of David. A psalm. The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it."

Journalists and newscasters are often accused of political bias in their reporting. Why should that surprise us? How can any writer or newscaster totally withhold his personality, opinions, and worldview from his reporting? Jesus says, "For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks" (Matthew 12:34).

David writes 73 of the 150 Psalms. Each Psalm reflects his view of God, nature, people (both past and present), and himself. 

Writing is therapeutic, informative and worshipful.

Writing is therapeutic, in that it stretches the writer to put words to his/her feelings, to think more reflectively, and to process and systematize his/her thoughts. Throughout the Psalms David communicates the heights of joy, praise, and thanksgiving and the lows of sadness, despair, brokenness, fear, etc.--all of which permits the reader to deal with and release to the Lord the issues of their own heart.

Reading David's Psalms encourages believers to reflect more deeply and honestly about their own journey with the Lord. I hope that you journal. If not, why not begin journaling today?

Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
Psalm 24

  • What does this Psalm tell you about King David's view God and his relationship with God?
  • The idea of gates lifting up their heads pictures the city welcoming the return of a triumphant king. How does the use of LORD in these verses (7-10) show the significance of Christ's return to heaven?
Psalm 65
  • List at least five of the tangible benefits the psalmist ascribes to the LORD in this song of joy. As you write these down, list as well specific ways these benefits show up in your own life.
Psalm 68
  • David extols the greatness of God in this victory song, but he expresses as well the tender care of God for the fatherless, the widow, and even the lonely. How is that care expressed?
  • One section of this psalm prophecies of Christ's victory over death. Which verse makes this prophecy, and in which New Testament book is it recorded again?
Psalm 110
  • This short psalm contains two prophecies concerning Messiah. Which verses are these and where are they quoted?
Psalm 19
  • Theologians use the terms "general revelation" and "special revelation" to describe the ways God makes Himself known to humanity. This psalm extols one form of general revelation as well as special revelation. What verses list these two forms, and what are they?

Turning Truth to Prayer
As you pray, Psalm 19:14 ought to be set to memory and brought before the Lord daily, "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer." Both Psalm 15 and 24 speak of ascending to the hill of the Lord; pray that God will make you fit to dwell in His presence on a practical, daily basis.