Take some time to really think about the truths in these verses. If you need direction in your life all you have to do is look at the Psalms and every question you might have on how to live your life is answered for you there.
I am going to take a few weeks to search the Psalms to show you just how amazing our God is and how He knows what we need even before we know. It is my hope that you take these verses and keep them close. I would recommend that you put them in a spiral index card holder and keep them with you. I keep them in my car, in my purse, and on my nightstand so my favorite verses are handy at all times.
When I want to sit back and reflect on just how awesome and awe inspiring God is I think about the words in Psalm 9:1-4 and speak them from my heart as if I were reading them directly to Him.
1 [a]I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart;
2 I will be glad and rejoice in you;
3 My enemies turn back;
4 For you have upheld my right and my cause;
14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
When life seems to be swallowing me whole and the storms of life seem too high for me to handle on my own, I cling to the words in Psalm 27:1.
Psalm 27:1 (NIV)
1 The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear?
When I feel like I am lost and need direction I almost always go back to Psalm 25:4-5.
Psalm 25:4-5 (NIV)
4 Show me your ways, O LORD,
5 guide me in your truth and teach me,
I am not very good about being patient, and often struggle with wanting the “answers” to the questions hidden in my heart. When I feel like I can’t wait one moment longer I seek out Psalm 31:24.
Psalm 31:24 (NIV)
24 Be strong and take heart,
When truth is something you are trying to teach your children and you need to show them what God wants from us Psalm 34:12-13 is a great guide for us to use.
Psalm 34:12-13 (NIV)
12 Whoever of you loves life
13 keep your tongue from evil
A great guide on how to live your life is written in the words of Psalm 37:3-5.
Psalm 37:3-5 (NIV)
3 Trust in the LORD and do good;
4 Delight yourself in the LORD
5 Commit your way to the LORD;
And last, but certainly not least, for this week’s Soak up the Psalms is a verse that I had the privilege of diving into more deeply with Beth Moore’s book, “Get out of that Pit”. This verse and these three verses can bring so much hope, peace, love, and joy to those of us who struggle with the frustrations that come our way every day.
Psalm 40:1-3 (NIV)
1 I waited patiently for the LORD;
2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
3 He put a new song in my mouth,
It is my prayer that over the next couple of weeks we can dive in and discover the treasures that are waiting to be found in the Psalms. Come back next Sunday as we “Soak up the Psalms” again. If you have a favorite Psalm from the first book (Psalms 1-40) let me know…I would love to hear about it and also why it has so much meaning for you!
Soaking up the Psalms,