This week the Good Morning Girls completed our study through Psalm 1-50! Way to go!!! I’m so proud of you for sticking with us!
Here’s 10 Lessons We Learn From Psalm 1-50
David said in Psalm 5:3, “O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.”
Our God is not limited to only speaking in the morning- he speaks at night time too – but David rose early in the morning to meet with God.
If you feel like there are never enough hours in the day to find time to meet with God, then rising earlier will help you. These extra few minutes with God, before the demands of the day are upon us are priceless and powerful!
In Psalm 10:1 David asked, “Why, O Lord, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?”
David not only felt like God was distant but he felt like God was intentionally hiding himself.
Are you facing the impossible? Or maybe struggling with anxiety about something that feels impossible? That roadblock in front of you may not disappear with one prayer. But this I can assure you of…
God is not hiding from you.
God does hear your prayers.
And God loves you.
So keep on talking to God about it!
Being close to God is about more than our morning devotions. It is also about obeying God’s Word and allowing God to transform us from the inside out.
According to Psalm 15, a person who is following God closely: 1.) Does what is right. 2.) Speaks truth. 3.) Does not slander others. 4.) Does no evil to his neighbor. 5.) Despises the vile and honors those who fear the Lord. 6.) Keeps his word. 7.) Does not put his own interest above others and is not persuaded by money.
David said in Psalm 20:7, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”
In Bible times, horses and chariots struck fear in the hearts of military men. They symbolized strength. But the world’s strength does not compare to the strength the Lord our God gives in difficult times.
In the book of Psalms, David cried out to God over and over during his difficult times –and God answered his cries. You can trust God in the difficult times too.
In Psalm 25:16-21, David said: “Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.”
David said to God “Turn to me“. David was not only feeling lonely and afflicted but he felt like God had turned his back on him. It doesn’t get any worse than feeling like God has looked away and so he pleas with the Lord to turn toward him and be gracious to him.
But God had not turned his back on David but rather David needed to wait on the Lord as God worked in His life.
Do you feel like God has turned his back on you today? He has not! God sees, hears and knows. Keep waiting on Him. He has not turned his back on you.
Psalm 29 speaks of God in the midst of a storm and his power and might over the storm. Verse 10 says, “The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.”
The Lord is unshakable. He sits enthroned as king forever!
When we see our God as He really is –as a huge, mighty, powerful King – we can take comfort in knowing that nothing happens in our life that is out of His control.
Our God is the God of the storms! And during the storms of life, our response should be worship. May we never use his name in vain but rather ascribe to Him the glory due his name.
Psalm 34:18 says, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
Pain causes us to draw near to God. The Lord is near to those who suffer. Are you suffering today?
You are not alone. The Lord is near.
Do not give way to fear. You are God’s and He loves you. He will bring you through!
In Psalm 40:2, David was stuck in a pit and he wrote, “He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog.”
David fell into a pit of despair but the Lord delivered Him. Nothing David faced was just for his own benefit. It was also for the benefit of others – like you and me! Because of David’s faith, many trust in the Lord.
When you come through a dark season and others have watched you cry out to the Lord, wait patiently on God, be lifted out of the pit and they see you singing a new song – they can’t help but to see the great God that we serve and relate to the struggles you have faced.
David writes in Psalm 42: 1, “As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.”
David says that just like a deer that is on the run and panting hard with a dry mouth – looking for a stream of water, David’s soul was panting for God.
The soul is the part of us that lives forever and your soul is the most important part of you.
The highest form of self-care is —> soul care.
Tend to your soul daily by meeting with God in His Word. Only you can open the Bible and drink from the living well for yourself.
10. We need to be still and know that God is in control.
David writes in Psalm 46:10 & 11, “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”
To be still is to be silent and calm. When it seems like our world all around us is in chaos – our trust in God will hold us steady. We can be still and rest in the fact that our mighty God is in complete control. We do not need to give way to worry and fear. We can rest in Him.
God has not left us alone.
David writes in Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
God is always present with us. May he continue to be our refuge and strength.
Walk with the King,
Did you join us this summer? What lessons did you learn?
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