PSALMS — The book of Psalms is the hymnbook and prayer book of the Bible. 73 are credited to King David.
Monday, November 15, Psalm 8
Psalm 8:4-6 — These passages refer to Jesus. Jesus became a little lower than the angels to be like us and to suffer death in our place. He has now risen to rule the earth, and will bring us to rule with Him again in heaven restoring what was lost in the Garden of Eden. Read Heb. 2:5-9 and I Cor. 15:27.
Tuesday, November 16, Psalms 9-10
Psalm 9:8— In dealing with the world and us, the Lord’s judgments are righteous. They are perfect. God’s final judgment is carried out always and only on the basis of Mark 16:16, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned.”
Psalm 10:1-4, 15 — Are the wicked of this world as evil as David described them? The front page of any newspaper should prove that to us. While what David says in v. 15 may seem cruel, it’s only when the wicked feel the force of God’s anger and wrath that they will see the evil of their ways and that they need help in their spiritual life. When God brings them to that point, our job is to bring the Gospel to them. That is the sweet assurance that “the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, purifies us from all sin.”
Wednesday, November 17, Psalms 11-12
Psalm 11:5-7— God sees all people. He will condemn the wicked to the fires of hell, but those who believe will be with Him in heaven. Read Rev. 20:10-15 and Rev. 21:1-4
Psalm 12:6 — God has given us a perfect guide for our spiritual life in His Word. If what you hear in society doesn’t agree with His Word, which is flawless, then it is false teaching. Read Ps. 119:105 and II Tim. 3:16.
Thursday, November 18, Psalm 13
- 1, 2, 5, 6 — David begins with a troubled spirit, but he ends with rejoicing. Our lives are much like David’s life. What offsets our difficulties and lifts our spirits is that the Lord is good to us. That goodness can be found in the love and sympathy of a family and Christian friends. Think of the many earthly blessings God surrounds us with that we can enjoy even when we are sick. Best of all, however, is that we have salvation. We have an escape from this life that ends in the glories of heaven. Jesus’ redeeming work on the cross makes that possible.
Friday, November 19, Psalms 14-15
Psalm 14:1 — An atheist believes there is no God. What does God call an atheist?
Psalm 15:2-5 — While we, according to our human nature, don’t fit perfectly the description of the Psalmist in v. 2, through Jesus, we do. He lived a perfect life for us and paid for all our sins. In His blood and righteousness, we stand accepted by God and can live someday in heaven. Once I’m a Christian and grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (II Peter 3:18), my life will begin to take on the appearance more and more of what the Psalmist describes in vv. 2-5.
Saturday, November 20, Psalms 16-17
Psalm 16:10 — To whom do these words refer? They are Messianic, pointing ahead to Jesus’ death and burial. The Apostle Peter quotes them, referring to Jesus in Acts 2:25-32.
Psalm 16:11 — What a beautiful description of our future home in heaven!
Psalm 17:8, 15 — “Apple of the eye” refers to the pupil of the eye. As we would protect that part of our body at all cost, so we wouldn’t go blind, so we, therefore, are asking God to protect us and keep us faithful to Jesus so that someday when we awake in heaven, we will be satisfied with seeing God’s likeness (“I shall be satisfied when I awake in your likeness.”–NKJV).