The theme of the book of Psalms reflects man reaching to God for help and God’s hand extended to rescue man from his troubles. This book has provided material for prayer, supplication and praise for both private and public devotions.
The Psalms present many facets of man’s relationship with His Creator:
- The earnest soul can seek the greatest blessing of being in the Creator’s presence and away from the world’s troubles. “My soul longs, yea, even faints for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God” (Psalm 84:2).
- God’s infinite love for His children. “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (Psalm 86:15).
- True religion is having a joyous experience with God, “I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart” (Ps. 9:1).
- Thanksgiving should always accompany supplication. “I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds” (Psalm 9:1).
- The study of nature helps man to see that God is the Sovereign over all things. And this knowledge inspires the believer with hope for deliverance. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork” (Psalm 19:1).
- God’s deliverances to His children in the past prove that He will also continue to deliver them in the future. “Your unfailing love, O LORD, is as vast as the heavens…Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains… You care for people and animals alike, O LORD. How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings” (Psalm 36:5-7).
- Righteousness has its rewards. Thus, to live a godly life on earth is more beneficial than to live an ungodly life. “The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands has he recompensed me” (Psalm 18:20).
- It is the privilege and duty of God’s children to witness His salvation to others. “I will praise you, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will show forth all your marvelous works” (Psalm 9:1).
- Hardships, suffering, and sickness are part of God’s saving plan. “It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn your statutes” (Psalm 119:71).
- In God’s government, “mercy and truth are met together” (Ps. 85:10). Thus, the law and the gospel walk hand in hand in perfect harmony.
In His service,