Today is Day 46 in our journey through the Bible in 90 days.
You did it! Psalms is not only the longest book of the Bible, but it also contains the longest chapter in the Bible: Psalm 119.
Not only is it a landmark to make it all the way through Psalms, but yesterday (day 45) marked the half-way point of our journey through the Bible in 90 days! We’ve been at this for a month and a half now – don’t give up.
Psalms (for the most part) is a very refreshing read. It’s almost like reading David’s journal that he took with him while he was in the field with the sheep or in a cave hiding from Saul. Or, if it were written in our day and age, it would be like reading his blog. It’s very real, open, and honest. At some points, you can almost hear the tears hitting the paper.
David isn’t the only author though – there are many others: Solomon, Moses, Asaph, and quite a few anonymous authors. They all write from their hearts. They question, they doubt, they worship, they pray, they sing, and they cry. They hit the whole range of human emotions.
The Psalms vary not only in content but also format. There are Messianic Psalms that point ahead to the coming Messiah, historical Psalms that look back at Israel’s history as a nation, didactic Psalms that give practical instruction, and so much more. Back in the day, Psalms was used as the church’s hymnal. Can you imagine if the worship leader at your church started rocking out with Psalm 58?!
I guess what I love about the Psalms the most – on a very practical level – is that they free me up to just be me. The Psalms remind me that even great men of faith went through some very trying times, and yet, in the end, they always saw God’s faithfulness displayed.
I also love being reminded to look for God in everything. You can see God through nature, through His faithfulness in history, through His promises to deliver, through the job that He provides even through some of life’s darkest moments, and in so many other ways. That’s a great reminder for me, because I can easily get accustomed to seeing God only in certain areas. I need to be reminded to look everywhere for Him. He’s displaying His faithfulness everywhere I look.
If you were to pick a favorite Psalm, which one would it be?
I think I’d choose Psalm 136 – “His mercy endures forever.”