I am pumped for this book study. Psalms is one of my favorite books in the bible. My life verse comes from Psalms (46:5). Each week, I will be posting 5 chapters at a time.
Disclaimer: My Bible is NLT. I will be referencing from NTL for the most part but for better understanding I may switch to a different translation. I will be sharing how I view the word and what God is speaking to me as I read.
Let’s jump into the word!
For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by an eight-stringed instrument. 1O Lord, don’t rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your rage. 2Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak. Heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony. 3I am sick at heart. How long, O Lord, until you restore me? 4Return, O Lord, and rescue me. Save me because of your unfailing love. 5For the dead do not remember you. Who can praise you from the grave? 6I am worn out from sobbing. All night I flood my bed with weeping, drenching it with my tears. 7My vision is blurred by grief; my eyes are worn out because of all my enemies. 8Go away, all you who do evil, for the Lord has heard my weeping. 9The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord will answer my prayer. 10May all my enemies be disgraced and terrified. May they suddenly turn back in shame.
> Reach out to Him when you are weak. He restores the broken. When the enemy comes with challenges for you to take on, you have the powerful God to look over you and be there for you in your difficult times. Sometimes God gives us what we want just to show us it is not what we need. What we need is Him. He hears your weeping heart. You are not alone, He is with you and He is FOR you.
A psalm of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush of the tribe of Benjamin.
1I come to you for protection, O Lord my God.
Save me from my persecutors—rescue me!
2If you don’t, they will maul me like a lion,
tearing me to pieces with no one to rescue me.
3O Lord my God, if I have done wrong
or am guilty of injustice,
4if I have betrayed a friend
or plundered my enemy without cause,
5then let my enemies capture me.
Let them trample me into the ground
and drag my honor in the dust.
6Arise, O Lord, in anger!
Stand up against the fury of my enemies!
Wake up, my God, and bring justice!
7Gather the nations before you.
Rule over them from on high.
8The Lord judges the nations.
Declare me righteous, O Lord,
for I am innocent, O Most High!
9End the evil of those who are wicked,
and defend the righteous.
For you look deep within the mind and heart,
O righteous God.
10God is my shield,
saving those whose hearts are true and right.
11God is an honest judge.
He is angry with the wicked every day.
12If a person does not repent,
God will sharpen his sword;
he will bend and string his bow.
13He will prepare his deadly weapons
and shoot his flaming arrows.
14The wicked conceive evil;
they are pregnant with trouble
and give birth to lies.
15They dig a deep pit to trap others,
then fall into it themselves.
16The trouble they make for others backfires on them.
The violence they plan falls on their own heads.
17I will thank the Lord because he is just;
I will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.
> Christ saves the righteous and defends those who carry a gracious heart. Repent of your sins, the Lord does not favor the wicked. God is an honest judge. Do not let what others may do or say affect who you are. We are no-one to judge. Look at your past, we are nothing more than sinners. But, Christ is a forgiving and loving God. He gives us unconditional love to those who believe in Him.
For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by a stringed instrument.
1O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
Your glory is higher than the heavens.
2You have taught children and infants
to tell of your strength,
silencing your enemies
and all who oppose you.
3When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—
the moon and the stars you set in place—
4what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
human beings that you should care for them?
5Yet you made them only a little lower than God
and crowned them with glory and honor.
6You gave them charge of everything you made,
putting all things under their authority—
7the flocks and the herds
and all the wild animals,
8the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea,
and everything that swims the ocean currents.
9O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
> The Lord made everything with a purpose. Just as he made you and I. He made us for a reason and with purpose. Do not let anyone make you feel you are not enough. You are enough. God made YOU.
For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be sung to the tune “Death of the Son.”
1I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.
2I will be filled with joy because of you.
I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.
3My enemies retreated;
they staggered and died when you appeared.
4For you have judged in my favor;
from your throne you have judged with fairness.
5You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;
you have erased their names forever.
6The enemy is finished, in endless ruins;
the cities you uprooted are now forgotten.
7But the Lord reigns forever,
executing judgment from his throne.
8He will judge the world with justice
and rule the nations with fairness.
9The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed,
a refuge in times of trouble.
10Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.
11Sing praises to the Lord who reigns in Jerusalem.
Tell the world about his unforgettable deeds.
12For he who avenges murder cares for the helpless.
He does not ignore the cries of those who suffer.
13Lord, have mercy on me.
See how my enemies torment me.
Snatch me back from the jaws of death.
14Save me so I can praise you publicly at Jerusalem’s gates,
so I can rejoice that you have rescued me.
15The nations have fallen into the pit they dug for others.
Their own feet have been caught in the trap they set.
16The Lord is known for his justice.
The wicked are trapped by their own deeds.
17The wicked will go down to the grave.
This is the fate of all the nations who ignore God.
18But the needy will not be ignored forever;
the hopes of the poor will not always be crushed.
19Arise, O Lord!
Do not let mere mortals defy you!
Judge the nations!
20Make them tremble in fear, O Lord.
Let the nations know they are merely human.
> "Lord have mercy on me." We all once, twice or even multiple times have cried out to God. One way or another, we have asked God to have mercy on us. If he has rescued you from any storm, praise him publicly. Do not be shy of your faith. God does not want us be fearful of showing His love. When we share our faith, God's work has been made.
Question: What storm has God rescued you from?
1O Lord, why do you stand so far away?
Why do you hide when I am in trouble?
2The wicked arrogantly hunt down the poor.
Let them be caught in the evil they plan for others.
3For they brag about their evil desires;
they praise the greedy and curse the Lord.
4The wicked are too proud to seek God.
They seem to think that God is dead.
5Yet they succeed in everything they do.
They do not see your punishment awaiting them.
They sneer at all their enemies.
6They think, “Nothing bad will ever happen to us!
We will be free of trouble forever!”
7Their mouths are full of cursing, lies, and threats.
Trouble and evil are on the tips of their tongues.
8They lurk in ambush in the villages,
waiting to murder innocent people.
They are always searching for helpless victims.
9Like lions crouched in hiding,
they wait to pounce on the helpless.
Like hunters they capture the helpless
and drag them away in nets.
10Their helpless victims are crushed;
they fall beneath the strength of the wicked.
11The wicked think, “God isn’t watching us!
He has closed his eyes and won’t even see what we do!”
12Arise, O Lord!
Punish the wicked, O God!
Do not ignore the helpless!
13Why do the wicked get away with despising God?
They think, “God will never call us to account.”
14But you see the trouble and grief they cause.
You take note of it and punish them.
The helpless put their trust in you.
You defend the orphans.
15Break the arms of these wicked, evil people!
Go after them until the last one is destroyed.
16The Lord is king forever and ever!
The godless nations will vanish from the land.
17Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless.
Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them.
18You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed,
so mere people can no longer terrify them.
> Have you ever felt as if God is not there? Where was he when you were swimming through deep waters? He is always there! God is always watching over us. Sometimes I have felt like that; "Where are you God, I need you!" Turns out, He never left me. His presence was always with me. The enemy tends to consume us with doubts and fears that God left us in a ditch. But in reality, God is working through us this whole time. He grabs us out of the ditch and allowed us to feel His love. Those who are weak can trust in the Lord with what they have. Have faith for what WILL come out of the storm.
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