God is Setting All Things Right. So I am Blogging Through the Bible in a Year.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

May 26 - Psalms 131, 138-139, 143-145: Limitless Praise to a Limitless God

Today’s Reading: Psalms 131, 138-139, 143-145

The Message

English Standard Version

Thought to Guide Your Reading

Sit back and let David's praise wash over you.

Psalm (P)Synopsis

Psalm 131

The writer humbly submitted to God and reminds Israel to wait on God with hope.

Psalm 138

David thanks God for all God is. All the earth gives thanks to God for what He has to say. David asks that God strike his foes and save him during times of trouble.

Psalm 139

David believes God is everywhere. How wonderful to have a God who is limitless! God shaped David in every intimate detail and from the very moment he existed in the womb. God's thoughts are beyond comprehension. David tells the wicked to leave—he hates them with the hatred of God. He calls on God to investigate his life so he can be guided to eternal life.

Psalm 143

David wants God to answer his prayer. His enemy has hurt him badly and David wants an answer quickly. He is ready and willing to listen for God's justice to lead him the right way.

Psalm 144

Blessed is God who has helped these puffs of air called humans. David calls for God to come and show His power while he sings a new song to the God of his salvation. He calls for blessings on his children and fields. How blessed are God's People!

Psalm 145

David praises God unceasingly because God is infinitely praiseworthy! Everything about God is amazing and marvelous. God is the eternal benevolent dictator who everyone trusts because He is pure right. God does what is best for everyone! Praise God!

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

When the earth hears what God has done, they will sing of God's glory.

Christians for years have struggled to find some way to tell the world about God. Books have been written in every decade giving new approaches to Bible study. However, they fall flat unless they include David's words,
When they hear what you have to say, God,
   all earth’s kings will say “Thank you.”
They’ll sing of what you’ve done:
   “How great the glory of God!” (138:4-5, The Message)
When you do not know how to evangelize, tell the world about what God has done.

God is everywhere. God has a hand in everything. God's thoughts are incomprehensibly good.

Psalm 139 is long because David details all of the areas in which God has been with him or has had a hand in his development. This is why he ends the psalm by telling God to investigate his life. He knows that he will be set on the right path. Submit to God's investigation of your life—He will set you down the right path.

God's reputation is salvation.

David asks that God help him through his troubles in many of his psalms (so much so that I have tried different ways to write the same thing to prevent boredom). In every one David knows God will save him—sometimes more certain than others. Why does David know God will save him? Because God has a reputation of saving David and his ancestors. He saved Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, the children of Israel, and Ruth—just to name a few.
Today, we also have lists of people for whom God has proven trustworthy. This is God's reputation—salvation!

God will never get voted out of office.

God may be a benevolent dictator, but He allows everyone in the world to choose to obey Him or not. Once people understand what God has done and how magnificent His Way is, no one (in their righteous mind) would vote against God! This is why God can be both a dictator and still be voted in. When people learn how wonderful God's Ways are, they will always vote for God.

How blessed are the people who have God as their god!

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