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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

May 28 - Psalms 111-118: God's Love and His People's Trust - The Formula for Salvation

Today’s Reading: Psalms 111-118

The Message

English Standard Version

Thought to Guide Your Reading

These psalms hinge on trust and faith in God.

Psalm (P)Synopsis

Psalm 111

God's works are so great that they deserve a lifetime of study! Thank you, God! What He gives never goes out of style. The good life begins with respecting God.

Psalm 112

Those who fear God are blessed with healthy children and wealthy homes. Good people have good reputations with honored and beautiful lives. The wicked try to fight but cannot.

Psalm 113

Those who serve God should rejoice! God is a blessing that never ends. Nothing compares to Him and His Works. Hallelujah!

Psalm 114

After Israel left Egypt the earth went out of its way to not hurt them because God was in their presence.

Psalm 115

It is not for our sake we call on God to show His Glory!

Psalm 116

God is worthy of love because He saves us. What can we give back to God? Prayer and obedience. I'll do what I promised God I would do.

Psalm 117

God's Love has taken over! Hallelujah!

Psalm 118

Thanks be to God because His Love never ends! Everyone, join in. God saved us when we needed refuge.

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

God's works are worth a lifetime of study.

These psalms all show wonderful aspects of God's love for His People. What is wonderful about God is that His Works are worthy of endless praise. God's Works are worth studying because they are pure love. The fact that thousands and thousands of people have dedicated their lives to studying God's Ways and have not exhausted its description proves the psalmist correct: God's works are worthy of a lifetime of study.

Blessed are people who fear God.

Psalm 112 provides several reasons why God's People are blessed. They may not have easy lives, but their lives are not tossed to and fro because of rumors or gossip. They know that God will protect them in the end if they continue to respect Him. To ease troubles, honor and respect God.

We ask God to save us, not for our sake but for God's sake.

What an interesting description. His People do not ask that God save them to make them great. They ask for salvation for God's name to be great. If God's People are ruined, God looks bad among the nations. If God's People are protected, God looks good among the nations. This was Moses' argument when he asked God not to punish Israel. We want the world to compare their gods to our God. If they see God as superior, they will convert. Ask for protection and help from your troubles because of how the world will see God, not how the world will see you.

God's People shout: God's Love never quits!

Psalm 118 provides a great template for God's People to tell the world about God's Love. God responded to our cries and saved us from death! Blessed are those who trust in God! Tell the world—God's Love never quits!

Has God's Love taken over your life?

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