Over the past few Lessons From the Psalms, we have seen that the book, subdivided into five parts, was seen to parallel the five books of Moses, with the theme of the first book, comprised of Psalms 1-41, focussing on man and his relationship with God; the second book, comprised of Psalms 42-72, focussing on God's deliverance; the third book, comprised of Psalms 73-89, focussing on God's holiness; and the fourth book, comprised of Psalms 90-106, focussing how God restores everyting the devil has stolen.
The fifth book
of the Psalms is comprised of 44
Psalms, 107-150. David wrote 15 of
138-145. Solomon wrote
Psalms 127; and the authors of the
rest are unknown. This fifth book is felt to parallel the book of
Deuteronomy, with its theme being coming home and entering the Promised
Land. The entire book reminds us that God will bring us into our
"Promised Land", into our ultimate rest, when we rely on Him, our
ultimate rest (See
series has already showcased
many of the Psalms from book five.
Part 4, based on
Psalm 136, helps us remember
what to do when tempted to believe God doesn't care.
Part 5, based on
Psalm 130, shows that in the
depths of our despair, we can come to the One who has already
redeemed us from every kind of sin.
Part 10, based on
Psalm 114, helps us
understand that nothing can stand before the Lord without
Part 11, based on
Psalm 117, reminds us to
praise the Lord no matter what our circumstances may be.
final example of these theme can be found in
Psalm 138, a Psalm of David.
The Psalm begins with a common Biblical theme: Giving thanks to
"I give you thanks, O Lord, with all my heart..."
(Vs. 1a NLT).
What makes this verse unique is the next line:
"I will sing *your* praises before the gods."
I bow before your holy Temple as I worship.
praise your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness..." (Vs.
The verse doesn't say we are to worship
these other gods; rather, that we should sing the praises of the True,
Most-High God in the face of the many false gods who surround us! It is
reminding them, and us as well, that they have already been defeated
1 John 3:8,
Heb. 2:14-15, etc.)!
we have reason to praise God, even in the midst of the worst
"for your promises are backed
by all the honor of your name." (Vs. 2b NLT)
We know we have
reason to praise God because there is no higher guarantee of
anything than God's Name! Remember
God's words in Ex. 3? "God replied to Moses, 'I Am Who I Am. Say
this to the people of Israel: I Am has sent me to
you.'" (Vs. 14 NLT)
Another reason to praise God is this:
"As soon as I pray, you answer me;
encourage me by giving me strength." (Vs. 2b-3 NLT)
praise Him because He answers our prayers (See
John 14:13) and because when we
ask, He will give us strength and encouragement and every good thing
We are then
reminded that when we praise God, we are not alone, for one day,
"Every king in all the earth will thank you, Lord,
for all of them will hear your words.
Yes, they will sing about the
for the glory of the Lord is very
great." (Vs. 4-5 NLT)
The bottom line is this: God's
blessings are available to all of us all the time!
Do we have a
role to play?
"Though the Lord is great,
he cares for the humble,
but he keeps his distance
from the proud." (Vs. 6 NLT).
Our job is to humble ourselves
before Him. When we do:
"Though I am surrounded by troubles,
you will protect me from the anger of my enemies.
You reach out your
and the power of your right hand saves me.
The Lord will work out his plans for my life--
your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever.
abandon me, for you made me." (Vs. 7-8 NLT)
When we humble
ourselves before Him, He will bring us into our ultimate rest, our peace
of mind, heart, soul and spirit.
This is one tiny catch to all
of this: We must remember that it is our choice to enter into
this rest. We can choose to try and carry our worries; we can
choose to try and fix our own problems. When we do, we are
inviting in the depression and anxiety that will come when we fail.
But there is another choice. We can choose to enter into
God's rest by surrendering all our worries and troubles completely into
His hands, by going to sleep in the back of the boat, so to speak, while
He works out the details. Remember:
"God's promise of
entering his rest still stands...For this good news--that God has
prepared this rest--has been announced to us just as it was to [Isreal].
But it did them no good because they didn't share the faith of those who
listened to God. For only we who believe can enter his rest." (Heb.
In His love,
Lynona Gordon Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author --
"Aboard God's Train -- A
Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer", Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet
Scriptural Nuggets, a
website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, with
Follow Lyn on Twitter @lynchaffart.
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