Lead me in your truth and teach me: Psalm 25.5

“Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.”

Psalm 25.5 ESV

In this acrostic psalm, David prays to be delivered from foes and confesses his sins. To arrive at truth, he needs God’s leading and teaching. The first verb “consistently refers to God as he leads the righteous in straight paths” (TWOT).

Truth is not an inner discovery, but an external objective to be reached by seeking God. That process is sought today through the Scriptures. Have you read your Bible today?

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As far away as the ends of the earth: Psalm 48.10

“The praise you receive as far away as the ends of the earth is worthy of your reputation, O God. You execute justice!”

Psalm 48.10

This third of three praise psalms focuses on God’s actions on behalf of Zion (1-8) and her reactions to his deliverance (9-14).

God’s concern covers the whole world. He desires praise from all peoples. He works in his people to that end.

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Give Jerusalem priority: Psalm 137.6

“May my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, and do not give Jerusalem priority over whatever gives me the most joy.”

Psalm 137.6

Sing holy songs to entertain pagans? How wrong! Let God judge the wicked, while his people put his holy place above all else.

Earthly joys must give way to the cause of Christ. Am I bending my faith to please the world? Is the kingdom of God my top priority?

(For the Christian, today’s “Jerusalém” is to dwell in Christ.)

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Salvation belongs to the Lord: Psalm 3.8

“Salvation belongs to the LORD; your blessing be on your people! Selah.”

Psalm 3.8

Fleeing from his rebellious son Absalom, King David still believes that God will save him. He has his promise. Circumstances say otherwise, but faith sees beyond them.

What situations threaten my faith in God’s promise of salvation? How to strengthen my faith in God for difficult moments that will come?

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Success: Psalm 37.23

“The Lord grants success to the one whose behavior he finds commendable.”

Psalm 37.23

This acrostic wisdom psalm proclaims the blessing of the righteous, in the face of apparent contrary evidence. No one should envy the wicked. The Lord will give success to his people.

God gives success according to his definition, in his time. He also defines commendable behavior. The righteous trust his promise, await his judgment, refuse to believe what they see in the present.

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Sins I am unaware of: Psalm 19.12

“Who can know all his errors? Please do not punish me for sins I am unaware of.”

Psalm 19.12

Only God is omniscient. We cannot know ourselves thoroughly. We need his guidance and insight, vv. 7-11. It is important to be aware of what we are unaware of.

Our limited knowledge of ourselves calls for humility. The Christian can be sure that as he walks in the light, the blood of Christ cleanses from all sin.

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Your protector: Psalm 121.3

“God won’t let your foot slip. Your protector won’t fall asleep on the job.”

Psalm 121.3 CEB

In this pilgrimage psalm, God not only protects, but he is protector, i.e., his nature and work is to look over his people. He is “the one who guards.”

This verse may be a prayer, based upon the truth of God’s protectiveness. We may be sure of him. Let us be sure to seek him.

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The direction of my life

“I pondered the direction of my life, and I turned to follow your laws.”

Psalm 119.59 NLT

Psalm 119 is a prayer to God for help, in the midst of opposition and anguish, in following the word of God. This acrostic shows great thought on spiritual direction.

Thought and action are two necessary steps to pleasing God. Before acting, proper consideration for one’s life must be given. Choosing to obey God is the only right way.

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Commit your future to the Lord! Psalm 37.5-6

“Commit your future to the Lord!
Trust in him, and he will act on your behalf.
He will vindicate you in broad daylight,
and publicly defend your just cause.”

Psalm 37.5-6

The context is the presence of evil people around us. We must not fear them nor envy them. God is in control of the situation and cares for his people.

Often, the Lord will act at what appears to be the last minute. He shows that the power is his. He works to foster trust in his will. How have you seen God work in your life?

h/t Don Ruhl: https://emaildevotionals.com/2018/07/22/what-happens-when-you-commit-your-way-to-the-lord-2/

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The Lord responds: Psalm 4.3

“Realize that the Lord shows the godly special favor; the Lord responds when I cry out to him.”

Psalm 4.3

After a moving request for help, v. 1, and a challenge to threatening men, v. 2, David expresses, as a part of his reply to the wicked, his confidence that God will answer.

“Sinful behavior is ultimately fruitless and self-destructive” (NETB). The godly who rely on God will be “safe and secure” v. 8.

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He will never be shaken: Psalm 112.6

“For he will never be shaken; others will always remember one who is just.”

Psalm 112.6

This acrostic psalm provides a picture of the obedient person and the blessings of the godly. It mirrors the previous psalm which focuses on God’s great deeds.

God shakes the world, but nothing shakes him. Those who obey him are not shaken either. How much we need to remember who we are and what blessings are ours!

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More and more

“As for me, I will hope continuously and will praise you more and more.”

Psalm 71.14 ISV

This verse is the center of the psalm. The author is an old man, but he maintains hope that God will still help against his enemies. His experiences lead him to the Lord.

God is for every stage of life. The longer we live, the more his life should occupy our hearts. Rather than become jaded, God’s power moves us to speak to those who are younger, v. 18.

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Pleasure day and night: Psalm 1.2

“Instead he finds pleasure in obeying the LORD’s commands; he meditates on his commands day and night.”

Psalm 1.2

In this introductory psalm, this verse serves as the summary of the righteous person who serves the Lord. The wicked follow their own plans, thoughts, and ways, v. 1.

Few are they who can be described by the verse above. Can I? If I don’t fit here, then Psa 1.1 is where I belong.

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Ashamed because of me: Psalm 69.6

“Let none who rely on you be disgraced because of me,
O sovereign Lord and king!
Let none who seek you be ashamed because of me,
O God of Israel!”

Psalm 69.6

Even in the midst of great suffering and opposition, David prays that his humiliation not cause others of God’s people to be disgraced.

God’s people are always concerned that our own experiences and difficulties not prove a stumbling block to others.

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Not unfaithful: Psalm 44.17-18

“All this has happened to us, even though we have not rejected you or violated your covenant with us. We have not been unfaithful, nor have we disobeyed your commands.”

Psalm 44.17-18

At some point, the nation of Judah is afflicted, but not for lack of faithfulness. The center of the psalm laments the nation’s suffering, vv. 9-16, and ends with an appeal for help, vv. 23-26.

“We should learn to make trouble and perplexity drive us to our God not away from him”. —J.A. Motyer, “Psalms” NBC21, 514.

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