Book of Psalms (chapters 1-5)

Hey friends, I am pumped for this new 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! PSALMS 1 1Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. > Sinners being warned of their doings. 2But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. > The Lord finds peace among those who worship Him and obey His commands. Question: What path are you on? Are you obeying the laws of the Lord? 3They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do. > No matter what season you are in, are you following Christ in the season? If you are following Him in all you do or when your season seems to be never ending, your season will never run dry and you will prosper in anything God throws at you. 4But not the wicked! They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind. 5They will be condemned at the time of judgment. Sinners will have no place among the godly. 6For the Lord watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction. > Christ watches over all His people. He watches how we handle each trail. We either pick the path of holiness or the path to destruction. PSALMS 2: 1Why are the nations so angry? Why do they waste their time with futile plans? > Question: Why are we going after plans God did not set for us? Futile plans: Pointless plans. 2The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the Lord and against his anointed one. > Jesus! 3“Let us break their chains,” they cry, “and free ourselves from slavery to God.” > Question: What chains do you need to break from? 4But the one who rules in heaven laughs. The Lord scoffs at them. > God already knows the plans he has in place. He laughs considering we all think we have something better. 5Then in anger he rebukes them, terrifying them with his fierce fury. 6For the Lord declares, “I have placed my chosen king on the throne in Jerusalem, on my holy mountain.” 7The king proclaims the Lord’s decree: “The Lord said to me, ‘You are my son. Today I have become your Father. 8Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the whole earth as your possession. 9You will break them with an iron rod and smash them like clay pots.’” 10Now then, you kings, act wisely! Be warned, you rulers of the earth! 11Serve the Lord with reverent fear, and rejoice with trembling. > Fear of the Lord: Surrendering to the Lord. Fearing the Lord causes us to place total faith and trust in Him. Recognize we are all sinners and He has the power to let us be aware of our sins which causes us to be fearful of sin. He places His unfailing love in us. Fear brings an overwhelming, spiritual comfort and a humble/confident heart. 12Submit to God’s royal son, or he will become angry, and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities— for his anger flares up in an instant. But what joy for all who take refuge in him! > Submit! Submit to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. PSALM 3: A psalm of David, regarding the time David fled from his son Absalom. 1O Lord, I have so many enemies; so many are against me. > The enemy will place any negative source in your life to make you feel as if you have people who are against you. 2So many are saying, “God will never rescue him!” > Be the encourager to those who have little or no faith. 3But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high. > Can I get an AMEN? 4I cried out to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy mountain. 5I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me. 6I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies who surround me on every side. 7Arise, O Lord! Rescue me, my God! Slap all my enemies in the face! Shatter the teeth of the wicked! > God has your back! 8Victory comes from you, O Lord. May you bless your people. > You will see a victory because victory comes from Him. He never lost and never will. Win the battle with HIM! PSALMS 4: For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by stringed instruments. 1Answer me when I call to you, O God who declares me innocent. Free me from my troubles. Have mercy on me and hear my prayer. > Have you ever been there? When all you want and desire is for God to just take the problem away and free you from what you feel inside? 2How long will you people ruin my reputation? How long will you make groundless accusations? How long will you continue your lies? > The enemy acts. 3You can be sure of this: The Lord set apart the godly for himself. The Lord will answer when I call to him. 4Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Think about it overnight and remain silent. > Our first instinct when we are angry is to be sinful. Allow yourself to think over the issue. Do not act with your tongue. Leave it to God, let things go. 5Offer sacrifices in the right spirit, and trust the Lord. 6Many people say, “Who will show us better times?” Let your face smile on us, Lord.

> When we face unfortunate circumstances, we are quick to blame God for what He has done. Instead of blaming God, praise God.God’s doing is never out of spit but results in “better times.” Better times: Victory. 7You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine. > Being a believer is more valuable than anything. 8In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe. > When we are sleep, the Lord protects over us and we can find peace as we rest. PSALMS 5: For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by the flute. 1O Lord, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning. 2Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I pray to no one but you. 3Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly. > Power of Prayer: Pray in the morning. Ask God anything, do not be scared and “wait expectantly.” Your requests will come at His time and your prayers will be answered. Be patient. 4O God, you take no pleasure in wickedness; you cannot tolerate the sins of the wicked. 5Therefore, the proud may not stand in your presence, for you hate all who do evil. 6You will destroy those who tell lies. The Lord detests murderers and deceivers. > Humble yourself and set your eyes on the Lord. 7Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house; I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe.

> Praise His name because he so graciously gives us His unfailing love. 8Lead me in the right path, O Lord, or my enemies will conquer me. Make your way plain for me to follow. > The Bible gives us the ability to understand the right path. 9My enemies cannot speak a truthful word. Their deepest desire is to destroy others. Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with flattery. > Your enemy tries desperately to turn you away from Christ and to move you to the direction of uncertainty. 10O God, declare them guilty. Let them be caught in their own traps. Drive them away because of their many sins, for they have rebelled against you. 11But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy. 12For you bless the godly, O Lord; you surround them with your shield of love. > I find comfort in knowing God watches over me and smothers me with a forcefield of LOVE. Subscribe to see when the next 5 chapters come out! Click here to subscribe:

xx, Diana

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