“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4)
The Psalms are some of my very favorite portions of the Bible. I have to admit – – I’m addicted to them!
In the first place, they are given to us by God. He wants us to read them for our benefit and blessing. Many of us have had difficult lives and the Lord knew we would need His comfort, encouragement and reassurance!
Among these 150 Psalms one will find selections for every conceivable situation: there are Psalms of hope for the hopeless; Psalms of uplift for the depressed; Psalms of strength for the weary; Psalms of praise for the downcast; Psalms of mercy for the miserable; Psalms of courage for the weak.
Probably the best-known of the Psalms is the 23rd, written by David – – the shepherd who became the greatest king of Israel. Here’s a direct application of that Psalm – – I need the Lord like the sheep need their shepherd! Some other well-known Psalms are the 1st, 2nd, 19th, 34th, 50th, 90th, 91st, 100th, 118th and 119th. That’s just for starters.
The Greatest Psalm
“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want (lack)” (Psalm 23:1).
Over thirty years of speaking at funerals, I have never had anyone refuse the reading of the 23 Psalm. As a matter of fact, it is the most requested passage of Scripture not only at a funeral service but also in times of affliction of many kinds.
David, prior to becoming the greatest king of Israel, was a shepherd. It is he who penned this Psalm. Let’s only look at the first five words:
1 “The” – – Definite article pointing specifically to the one and only. Any other is not a genuine shepherd..
2 “LORD” – – He is Yahweh (or Jehovah), the self-existing God. I wouldn’t want any other than God Himself to help me.
3. “Is” – – There is no doubt about it. God was David’s shepherd!
4 “My” – – What a personal relationship between shepherd and sheep.
5. “Shepherd” — One who tends to, cares for, provides for and protects His sheep.
Is the LORD your shepherd? Would you like Him to be? Listen to the great Shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ:
Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.
I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.
A Psalm of Hope
For the word of the LORD is right, And all His work is done in truth.
He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.
By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.
He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deep in storehouses.
Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.
The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect.
The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.
Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy,
To deliver their soul from death, And to keep them alive in famine.
Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield.
For our heart shall rejoice in Him, Because we have trusted in His holy name.
Let Your mercy, O LORD, be upon us, Just as we hope in You.
(Psalm 33:4-12, 18-22)
Are you fearful, worried, feel a sense of guilt, hurting deep inside, feel misunderstood or wondering about life in general? You know what to do – – meditate on the Psalms. It’s time to let God’s Word help and comfort you as nothing or nobody else can or will!