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Sunday, May 5, 2013

May 5 - Psalms 1, 2, 15, 22-24, 47, and 68: The Way of God

Today’s Reading: Psalms 1, 2, 15, 22-24, 47, and 68

The Message

English Standard Version

Thought to Guide Your Reading

Compare the way of God to the way of His enemies.

Psalm (P)Synopsis

Psalm 1

Blessed are the people who stay away from sin and stay in God's Word. They will endure while the wicked perish.

Psalm 2

Why do evil people stand so confident? Don't they know God is the King? God could give His Son anything He wanted. Land? No problem. Death of his enemies? Done. So be careful, rebels, your days are numbered.

Psalm 15

Who can be with God? Those who do the right thing and keep God's Word always. Then you will always be able to come to God.

Psalm 22

God! Why am I so far from you? Everyone is taunting me and questioning you! You have been my God since birth and yet I am now vulnerable to attack. Help me quickly! Then I will praise you. Our children for generations to come will know how you rescued me!

Psalm 23

God is David's shepherd and David will be God's protected sheep forever.

Psalm 24

God is the one who is in control! Who can come to Him? Those who do God's will. Wake up, everyone! God is the one who can protect us!

Psalm 47

Hallelujah, praise God! God protects His Chosen People by punishing their enemies! Sing songs to our great God! God is over all!

Psalm 68

God is good! He defeats His enemies and protects His Chosen People. He protects widows and orphans. God has chosen one mountain to live on forever. No army will ever defeat Him. Each tribe of Israel praises God. God is beautiful! Bless God!

How Today’s Reading Contributes to the Gospel: God is Setting All Things Right

Those who stay near God are forever strong.

This is a theme that runs throughout several psalms today. Those who do not find pleasure in sin are not only protected by God always but are also like trees that never need watering. God invites all people who set things right to be under His protection.

Those who rebel from God will receive their punishment.

This is the other theme that runs through all eight psalms. David and the sons of Korah call out for the enemies of God to try and defeat Him. There is no way! God can defeat them forcefully or patiently wait for their power to dry up. God will defeat anyone who does not set things right on the earth.

God can give us anything we ask.

As mentioned a few days ago with the prayer of Jabez, if we ask God for what we need He will give it to us. There is nothing outside of God's ability. God's ability is limited only by our ability to ask and trust in Him.

Even if God is our god from birth there may be times when we feel abandoned by God.

That is the beauty and sorrow in Psalm 22. This is why Jesus quotes from this psalm while he is on the cross. Trust and obedience do not always equal easy and pleasure.

God protects widows and orphans.

Because they need protection.

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