Psalms 42-60

Hi all~

This week we covered Psalms 42- 60. Let me just review a few of these.

Psalm 42 begins, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God.” This Psalm is about seeking God, thirsting for what only He can provide.  This reminds me of Jesus speaking to the woman at the well. John 4:13 “Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’”  Do you have that living water? (If you’re not sure, email me.)

Psalm 46 is a favorite for many people, especially that first verse:  “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”  It was this psalm that inspired Martin Luther to write the great hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.”

The backdrop for this psalm may come from 2 Kings 18:13-19:37.  The Jews and their king, Hezekiah, were being surrounded by King Sennacherib of Assyria and his army.  King S. tries to convince the Jews to surrender and follow him.  They refuse to give in to this army that was considered the strongest in the known world. The Assyrian general asks the Jews, “On what do you rest this trust of yours?” (2 Kings 18:19) He continued to taunt them and name the nations that had fallen to the Assyrians.  King Hezekiah told his people not to answer.  Then he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth and went to the temple to pray. Then he sent for the prophet Isaiah, and Isaiah told them not to be afraid but to trust in God and He would deliver them. And He did!

This same God is our God!  He is our refuge and strength.  He is our help in times of trouble.  What battle are you facing today?  Go to Him.

Psalm 51 comes from the penitential heart of David following his sin with Bathsheba.  He confesses his sin and asks for a clean heart. Confessing our sin is like taking a shower on the inside. It washes our sins away removing the dirt and filth. Sin can also weigh us down and break our fellowship with God.  We need to daily confess our sins. I like to pray verse 10 – “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” 

Someone remarked to me this past week that these are not the same old Psalms she had read before. 😉 She had found that as she was spending time journaling through them, they had become new and more meaningful.  The truth is they are timeless.  Won’t you take a fresh, new look at them today as you seek God.

Blessings,

Mary

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