Psalms 19 Praise God for His creation

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In this psalm, David meditates on God’s creation. As God reveals himself through nature (19:1-6), we learn about His power and His infiniteness. We are surrounded by fantastic displays of God’s craftsmanship—the heavens give dramatic evidence of his existence, his power, his love, his care. To say that the universe happened by chance is absurd. Its design, intricacy, and orderliness point to a personally involved Creator. As you look at God’s handiwork in nature and the heavens, thank him for such magnificent beauty and the truth it reveals about the Creator. (Source: Life Application Bible)   1  For the director of music. A psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2  Day after day they pour forth speech; night…
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Psalms 51 – David repented of his sin of adultery

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David was truly sorry for his adultery with Bathsheba and for murdering her husband to cover it up. He knew that his actions had hurt many people. But because David repented of those sins, God mercifully forgave him. No sin is too great to be forgiven! Do you feel that you could never come close to God because you have done something terrible? God can and will forgive you of any sin. While God forgives us, however, he does not always erase the natural consequences of our sin. David’s life and family were never the same as a result of what he had done (Source: Life Application Bible)   1  For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed…
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Psalms 23 Praise God for His provision

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In describing the Lord as a shepherd, David wrote out of his own experience because he had spent his early years caring for sheep (1 Samuel 16:10, 11). Sheep are completely dependent on the shepherd for provision, guidance, and protection. The New Testament calls Jesus the good shepherd (John 10:11); the great Shepherd (Hebrews 13:20); and the head Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4). As the Lord is the good shepherd, so we are his sheep—not frightened, passive animals, but obedient followers, wise enough to follow one who will lead us in the right places and in right ways. (Source: Life Application Bible)   1  A psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. 2  He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me…
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Psalms 103 – Praise God for His glorious deeds

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David’s praise focused on God’s glorious deeds. It is easy to complain about life, but David’s list gives us plenty for which to praise God: He forgives our sins, heals our diseases, redeems us from death, crowns us with love and compassion, satisfies our desires, and gives righteousness and justice. We receive all of these without deserving any of them. No matter how difficult your life’s journey, you can always count your blessings—past, present, and future. When you feel as though you have nothing for which to praise God, read David’s list. (Source: Life Application Bible)   1  Of David. Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 2  Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits-- 3  who forgives…
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Psalms 72 – Asking for the justice of God so that we make a good leader

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It is extremely important for leaders to make decisions justly. That is why King David penned this Psalm just before he died asking God to grant his son Solomon the justice to rule his people wisely.   1  Of Solomon. Endow the king with your justice, O God, the royal son with your righteousness. 2  He will judge your people in righteousness, your afflicted ones with justice. 3  The mountains will bring prosperity to the people, the hills the fruit of righteousness. 4  He will defend the afflicted among the people and save the children of the needy; he will crush the oppressor. 5  He will endure as long as the sun, as long as the moon, through all generations. 6  He will be like rain falling on a mown…
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Psalms 34 Fear the Lord

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God promises great blessings to his people, but many of these blessings require our active participation. He will set us free from our fears (34:4, 6), guard and rescue us (34:7), show us goodness (34:8), supply our needs (34:9), listen when we call to him (34:15), and redeem us (34:22), but we must do our part. We can appropriate his blessings when we seek him (34:4, 10); cry out to him (34:6, 17); trust him (34:8); fear him (34:7); reverence him (34:9); refrain from lying (34:13); turn from evil, do good and seek peace (34:14); are brokenhearted (34:18); and serve him (34:22). (Source: Life Application Bible)   1  Of David. When he pretended to be insane before Abimelech, who drove him away, and he left. I will extol the LORD…
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Psalms 25 The Lord will be our Guide

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David expressed his desire for guidance. How do we receive God’s guidance? The first step is to want to be guided and to realize that God’s primary guidance system is in his Word, the Bible. Psalm 119 tells of the endless knowledge found in God’s Word. By reading it and constantly learning from it, we will gain the wisdom to perceive God’s direction for our lives. We may be tempted to demand answers from God, but David asked for direction. When we are willing to seek God, learn from his Word, and obey his commands, then we will receive his specific guidance. (Source: Life Application Bible)   4  Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; 5  guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are…
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Psalms 19 Deliverance against sin

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When we think of the law, we often think of something that keeps us from having fun. But here we see the opposite: God’s laws revive us, make us wise, bring joy to the heart, give insight, warn us, and reward us. God’s laws are guidelines and lights for our path, rather than chains on our hands and feet. They point at danger to warn us, then point at success to guide us. (Source: Life Application Bible)   7  The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 8  The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. 9  The fear of the…
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Psalms 118 Praise God for His faithfulness

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.                    David calls upon all about him to give to God the glory of his goodness, ver. 1-4. II.                 He encourages himself and others to trust in God, from the experience he had had of God's power and pity in the great and kind things he had done for him, ver. 5-18. {cke_protected_1}III.               {cke_protected_2}He gives thanks for his advancement to the throne, as it was a figure of the exaltation of Christ, ver. 19-23. {cke_protected_3}IV.              {cke_protected_4}The people, the priests, and the psalmist himself, triumph in the prospect of the Redeemer's kingdom, ver. 24-29. In singing this psalm we must glorify God for his goodness, his goodness to us, and especially his goodness to us in Jesus Christ. (Source: Matthew Henry Commentary)   1  Give thanks to the LORD, for he…
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Psalms 8 Praise God for giving us worth

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When we look at the vast expanse of creation, we wonder how God could be concerned for people who constantly disappoint him. Yet God created us only a little lower than himself or the angels! The next time you question your worth as a person, remember that God considers you highly valuable. We have great worth because we bear the stamp of the Creator. (See Genesis 1:26, 27 for the extent of worth God places on all people.) Because God has already declared how valuable we are to him, we can be set free from feelings of worthlessness. (Source: Life Application Bible)   1  For the director of music. According to gittith. A psalm of David. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You…
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