Cue the Confetti! It’s time to begin!!! I am so excited to begin the Book of Psalms 51-100 with you!
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Down through the centuries, believers have turned to the book of Psalms, as their favorite book of the Bible. The depth of emotion expressed by the writers makes this book relatable, encouraging, and comforting. It is a collection of poems, hymns, songs and prayers. They express deep and sincere faith in the midst of trials and tribulations.
The Hebrew word for “psalms” means “to pluck”. This implies that the Psalms were to be accompanied by a stringed instrument. The poetic rhythm and figurative language used, clearly expresses the emotion the writer was feeling.
In the New Testament, believers are instructed to sing psalms:
Ephesians 5:19 says, “address one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.”
Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
Though this book was written many years ago, it is still relevant to believers today.
For an even more in-depth Introduction to this week’s reading, watch this video. It is a great explanation of Psalms!
This Week’s Bible Reading Plan:
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This week’s Reflection & Discussion Questions
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Psalm 51 is one of the most powerful laments in all of scripture. King David had fallen into the sin of adultery with Bathsheba and now his eyes were opened to his sin. As he repents before God, he leans on God’s great love and mercy for forgiveness and he asks the Lord to create in him a clean heart.
David didn’t want an old heart that was being remodeled or renovated, he wanted a new heart that was pure. He wanted a renewed spirit that was steadfast in doing what was right. Pause and reflect on your own life right now. Is there a sin that you need to repent of or an area where you need God to renew your spirit? Write it below, pray over it and remember your God is abundantly merciful and loves you so. You are forgiven and clean and are freed by the blood of the lamb!
While this Psalm is specifically about David and Doeg, who was a boastful wicked man, it is relevant to us. While others may lie and deceive and trust in their riches or themselves, the righteous wait on the Lord and trust in the steadfast love of God.
Have you had a conflict with someone lately? In times of conflict, it is easy to feel frustration, confusion, and heartache but for the godly, we can release it in prayer and trust God to take care of the outcome. How does God’s steadfast love for you help you in a season of conflict and in what ways do you need to trust God more?
David reflects on those who reject God and calls them fools. It’s interesting to note where they deny God – it’s in their hearts. Verse 2 says the Lord is looking down from heaven to see if there are any who seek him.
We may have a lot of intellectual knowledge about God but ultimately our decisions are made by the passions of our heart. How is your heart today? Is it seeking God or seeking pleasure and how can you realign your heart with the heart of God?
While David was on the run from his enemies, he confidently trusted in God’s help. His fears and struggles did not cause him to question the goodness of God but rather gave him strength, as he trusted that God was the one holding him up.
Write down a time when you know that God helped you through something you were struggling with. Is there something difficult you are facing today? How does remembering that God is your helper and the upholder of your life, encourage you as you face your current struggles?
Few things are harder to bear than the betrayal of a close friend. David knew this was a burden he could not carry on his own. He had to give it over to the Lord in faith. In exchange for his burden, he received the strength to be sustained and not moved.
Is there someone you love who has betrayed you? This is too much to bear on your own. The Lord wants you to give this burden to Him and for you to trust him to sustain you and heal you. Write a prayer below handing over this relationship to God.
To print the 50 Discussion Questions for Psalms 51-100 – Click Here.
This Week’s Verses of the Day:
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Click HERE to print the Verses of the Day for Psalms 51-55.
Here’s the Printable
Bible Reading Plan Bookmark
so you can check off the days as you go.
WLW Overview of Psalms 1-50
The Purpose: The book of Psalms was to be used as a hymnbook to sing praises to God. The word psalms is associated with playing instruments to accompany these songs.
The Author: The name of the author is at the start of each psalm. David is the most frequent writer. Other authors include: Solomon, Moses, the Sons of Korah, Asaph, Ethan and Ezahite. Some psalms have no designated author.
Time Period: This book was written between 1410-450 B.C.
Key Verse: Psalm 63:1
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you.
Originally, the book of Psalms was divided into 5 different books according to what was found within them.
Book 1 – Psalms 1-41
Book 2 – Psalms 42-72
Book 3 – Psalms 73-89
Book 4 – Psalms 90-106
Book 5 – Psalms 107-150
Types of Psalms:
- Psalms of Thanksgiving and Praise
- Psalms of Lament
- Psalms of Meditation, Prayer and Petition
- Psalms of Confidence and Trust
- Wisdom Psalms that Teach
- Historical Psalms
- Psalms of Suffering and Tears
- Imprecatory Psalms – Psalms that invoke judgment on their enemies.
- Kingship Psalms – Psalms that point to the future Messiah – the King of Kings or speak of David as a king.
- Acrostic Psalms – These psalms are written with special patterns using the Hebrew alphabet.
Here’s another explanation of the SOAK Bible Study Method and Bible Coloring Chart if you need more guidance:
And the Bible Coloring Bookmark:Click HERE to Print the full page Coloring Chart
or here for the Bookmark Coloring Chart
Here are the highlighters, pens and pencils I refer to in the video:
Highlighters – Acid Free – Bible Hi-Glider
Fine Line Non-bleeding Pens – Micron Archival Ink and Multi-Colored Gel Pens
Colored Pencils – Crayola Twistables and Crayola Colored Pencils
I use the ESV Inductive Study Bible and the ESV Journaling Bible as my personal study Bible.
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Set aside 15 minutes a day and grab a cup of coffee or your favorite drink and open your Bible and SOAK it in!
I am in prayer for you all and asking God to help us understand his word clearly.
Have a wonderful week in God’s Word – I’ll see you back here on the blog this Friday as we go deeper into God’s Word together!
Keep walking with the King,
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