I was so encouraged this week by the number of women who told me that they are spending time in the Psalms daily. A few of them showed me their journals and some of what they had written. One lady said she thought she knew the Psalms but through the process of reading and journaling, she felt it was a brand new book. She was so excited.
Another wrote this in an email, “This past week has been eye-opening and has radically changed my perspective on Psalms. What was my least favorite book of the Bible, is now one of the most inspirational! I have absolutely enjoyed journaling my prayers each day with a new psalm, and have found that each psalm has a very personal “living” relevance to me (which feels quite selfish!), but it feels good to be able to relate to each one of them!”
I don’t have the time or space to review all the Psalms we covered this week (22-41), but I will discuss a couple of them.
Psalm 22 is one of the great Messianic psalms. Written by David in a time of sorrow and distress, it so clearly points to Christ’s crucifixion. (How timely that we studied this psalm on Holy Week.) When I say you can pray the Psalms, I hope you understand that even Jesus did that. This very first verse, Jesus prayed from the Cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (See Matthew 27:46.)
You need to read the rest of Psalm 22 with Matthew 27:27-50 and John 19:23-37 to see how this psalm foretold the mocking, the agony, the thirst, casting lots for Christ’s garments, the piercing of the hands and feet, not a bone being broken, and more. This psalm was written centuries before crucifixion was introduced as a method of execution. The Roman soldiers had no idea that they were fulfilling prophesy as they crucified Jesus.
There is so much more I could say about this Psalm. The last part of Psalm 22 verses 27-31 refer to the millennial reign of the Messiah.
Several of you asked me to send this from Psalm 23. (This is not original.):
The Lord is my Shepherd That’s Relationship!
I shall not want That’s Supply!
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures That’s Rest!
He leadeth me beside the still waters That’s Refreshment!
He restoreth my soul That’s Healing!
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness That’s Guidance!
For His name sake That’s Purpose!
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death That’s Testing!
I will fear no evil That’s Protection!
For Thou art with me That’s God’s Faithfulness!
Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me That’s Discipline!
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies That’s Hope!
Thou anointest my head with oil That’s Consecration!
My cup runneth over That’s Abundance!
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life That’s Blessing!
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord That’s Security!
Forever That’s Eternity
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May each of you have a blessed Easter. By the way, Houston’s First Baptist is having an art show called “Psalms for the City” going now through April 7. You might want to check it out.
You’re the best!!!
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