Throughout the years of my journey with God something that has always been and continues to be a source of great encouragement, inspiration and challenge is reading the Book of Psalms. Even from my earliest days as a Christian, this particular book of the Bible has had a special meaning in my life.
One of the reasons I enjoy reading the psalms so much is that they are rich with emotion and are marked by a great sense of transparency.
From the highs and lows, the mountain tops and the valleys, the psalms do not hold back. It’s all there – any feeling you have ever experienced you can surely read about in the psalms.
We know that King David wrote many of the psalms. One pattern we see throughout his writing is that whatever the situation, no matter how desperate or painful, he turned to God. When David feared for his life, he cried out to God. When he sinned, he cried out to God.
David also rejoiced in the Lord. He knew that all the good things in his life came from God, and he praised God for His provision.
Sometimes the psalms speak about God’s people not turning to God and forgetting God. God did great things for Israel – deliverance from slavery, dividing a great sea, providing food from heaven, bringing forth water from a rock, just to name a few – yet they forgot to praise God and to give Him thanks.
Psalm 105:4 tells us to “seek his face evermore.”
When our focus is to seek God’s face we are less likely to forget God’s faithfulness and more likely to spend time meditating on God’s goodness to us.
God sent His son Jesus to save us from our sins. No matter our circumstances in this life, we have reason to praise God and to give Him thanks because our eternal salvation is secure in Christ.
The psalms are a wonderful reminder of the joy that comes when we praise God.
Psalm 16:11 tells us that in God’s presence is “fulness of joy” and at His right hand are “pleasures for evermore.”
Psalm 30:11 reminds us that God will turn our mourning into joy. In Psalm 146 we see that we can trust God and praise Him because He will reign forever.
Psalm 98:4 says we are to rejoice and sing praise, and Psalm 34:1 says the praises of our God should continually be on our mouths.
If you haven’t been to the psalms lately I encourage you to spend some time there during this Thanksgiving season. You will be blessed as you remember God’s great faithfulness!
“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” Psalm 100:4