Note: This Psalms series was published one week at a time in the summer of 2021 with the purpose of exploring the attributes of God through the Psalms.
Let us praise the Lord! The Book of Psalms was originally titled “Tehillim,” which means “praise songs” in Hebrew. The English title of “Psalms” originated from the Septuagint’s Greek title Psalmoi, also meaning “songs of praise.” Written by various authors including David and Moses, the book expresses worship. It encourages readers to praise the Lord for His many wonderful attributes.
Week 1: The Lord is Our Help
First Read Psalm 121
Psalm 121 begins with an action. The author, King David, looks up. Then he asks a question that he immediately answers. “Where does my help come from?” It comes from the Lord.
When Jesus talked to the Father in John 11:41 and John 17:1, he also lifted His eyes to heaven. So did Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4:34 and Stephen in Acts 7:55. Lifting one’s eyes to pray is also mentioned in Psalm 123:1 and Isaiah 4:26. When we talk to God, we can bow our heads and close our eyes. We can also look up to where He lives in heaven.
But so many times in our society today, even Christians find themselves looking down a good deal of the time – and not in prayer. We find our phones fascinating, and the internet can be a very entertaining place when you don’t want to think about “real life.” But even after scrolling for hours and watching video after video, our problems, many times, are still there. In fact, sometimes, they get bigger. That’s either because we regret the time we wasted online or because we end up feeling worse after seeing so many posts from other people who don’t appear to have our same problems. More often than not, though, our phones can’t help us. But there is Someone who can.
Just like King David, our help comes from the Lord too. God never takes a nap but watches over His children in whatever we’re doing. That doesn’t mean we won’t have problems. But when we put our trust in Him, He will make sure that even when hard times come, He is with us. He will help us feel better knowing that He is in charge of our lives even when we don’t understand what He is doing at the time. He can give us peace and comfort when we trust in Him.
So the next time you have a problem, don’t look down at your phone. Look up! Pray to the One who can actually help you.
Week 1 Resources: The Lord is My Help
Bible Verse: Psalm 121:2 “My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”
- What are some of the ways that God can help you?
- Why is it important to remember that God made heaven and earth?
- The word “my” means it belongs to us. What gives someone the “right” to call on God? (Hint: it is nothing that we do/could do for ourselves.)
This week when something comes up that causes you to be upset or mad or sad, resist the urge to bury yourself in your phone for comfort. Instead, lift up your eyes to where your hep comes from. Ask God to intervene on your behalf.
Talk to God about what Psalm 121:2 means to you and thank Him for always watching over you and helping you.
“I Will Lift My Eyes” by Bebo Norman
“I will lift my eyes to the Maker of the mountains I can’t climb
I will lift my eyes to the Calmer of the oceans raging wild
I will lift my eyes to the Healer of the hurt I hold inside
I will lift my eyes, lift my eyes to You”
Week 2: The Lord Answers Prayers
First Read Psalm 118
There are many reasons to pray. We pray to show God how much we love Him. We pray to give thanks and ask for God’s blessings on our lives and those we care about. And sometimes we pray when we are afraid or need God’s help in times of trouble.
In Psalm 118, the author (probably King David) says a prayer when he is in distress (which means extreme anxiety, pain, or sadness). God answers him and sets him free. Then David realizes something important about God. Not only does God have power, but He is on his side. In Psalm 118:6, he says, “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
There are a lot of situations that might try to make us fear these days. There are fears for our health and safety, fears about the future, and fears about how other people might see us or feel about us. But fear is the opposite of faith, and none of those things is as powerful as God. Psalm 118 reminds us just how amazing God really is.
Check out these facts about Psalm 118:
- Psalm 118 is the middle chapter in the entire Bible with 594 chapters before it and 594 chapters after it.
- Psalm 117 (before 118) is the shortest chapter in the Bible, and Psalm 119 (after 118) is the longest.
- If you add up all the chapters except Psalm 118, you get 1188 chapters.
- 1188 or Psalm 118:8 is the middle verse of the entire Bible, and look what Psalm 118:8 says: “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.”
God uses the middle verse in the whole Bible to tell us to “take refuge” in Him. That means that we can look to Him for protection, safety, and relief from the things that might come against us. He is powerful and can answer our prayers. Sometimes people might let us down, but the Lord takes care of His own. We don’t have to be afraid as long as we have given Him our lives and our trust. He will never get tired of answering our prayers.
Week 2 Resources: The Lord Answers Prayers
Bible Verse: Psalm 18:5 “Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free.”
- The Psalm starts by repeating something 4 times for emphasis (also look at the last line). Why might this line be so important given the topic of the Psalm?
- Right after the Lord helps David, David immediately sings his praises. Do you tell others when God is good to you?
- In the Bible, the right hand is a symbol of power. Why is that repeated 3 times?
Telling someone else about something good God has done for you in your life is called a “testimony.” It can be about the time He saved you or, like the Psalm, answered a prayer. This week, tell someone a testimony about a time God was good to you.
Remind God about all the wonderful things He has done for you and thank Him for everything.
Good God Almighty by Crowder
“I can’t count the times I’ve called your name some broken night
And you showed up and patched me up like you do every time
I get amnesia, I forget that you keep coming around
Yeah, ain’t no way you’ll ever let me down (me down)”
Week 3: The Lord Is Our Protection
First Read Psalm 91
Psalm 91 makes a great promise of protection but isn’t for everybody. It’s for those of us who have set our love upon God, those who have made Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. It is for those who say, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust” (Psalm 91:2). The author uses examples of things that might try to harm us and shows us through a metaphor of a bird’s wing that God has us covered.
Now, you might say, “How can this Psalm mean what it says?” I know Christians who have been sick. I know Christians who have had bad things happen to them.” That’s true. Even Jesus told us in John 16:33 that while we are in this world we will still have trouble.
But sometimes pain is necessary so that we can help others feel better when they go through a similar situation. Sometimes a loss of one thing is just a step on a path to a gain of something better. In our Christian walk, we must learn many lessons, and some of those lessons can only be taught by pain and hardship. We trust God because we know that Romans 8:28 promises that even the bad things are working for our good.
So what is the difference between those who belong to God and those who don’t if we face the same issues on earth? Think about the difference between a forest fire and a burn barrel (a place to get rid of trash instead of the dump). In a forest fire, the flames can get out of control and even spread to houses nearby. With a burn barrel, the person using it chooses what goes in there and watches it closely the whole time.
Jesus watches out for us and keeps us from unnecessary harm. He protects us from evil when it will take us off His path. And when we trust Him, He can even keep us from fear. See, nothing happens to His children without his permission, and He knows what He is doing. It’s our job to trust Him and to keep crying out to Him in prayer in every situation.
Week 3 Resources: The Lord Is Our Protection
Bible Verse: Psalm 91:14 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him because he knows my name.”
- Verse 3 mentions the “snare of the fowler.” A snare is a trap, and the fowler is the one who hunts our souls, the devil. How does God protect us from Satan’s traps?
- Have you seen a bird with her chicks in a nest? Why does God compare Himself to this instead of a tank or a steel barricade?
- Verse 15 promises that God will be with us in trouble. Does God lie? Even when we can’t see Him or feel Him, faith means that we take Him at His Word.
Many believe Psalm 91 was written by Moses after the 10 plagues of Egypt. Read Exodus 14, the account of Moses parting the red sea. Focus on Exodus 14:11. Even after witnessing all God did in Egypt, His people still didn’t trust Him to protect them. Resolve to trust God no matter what may come your way.
Talk to God about the areas of your life you feel have trouble. Ask Him what He would like you to learn from those experiences. Thank Him for His protection over your life.
My Protector by Debbie Mendoza
You’re my Saviour – You’re my Defender
You’re my Protector
You’re my Guardian – You’re my Redeemer
You’re my Protector
Week 4: The Lord Gives Good Things
First Read Psalm 84
In case no one told you, the devil is a liar. He tells people that Christians are a sad, serious bunch who never get to have any excitement. The fun happens where the sin is, where there is a life completely focused on pleasure and self. Did I mention the devil is a liar?
Psalm 84 tells a different story. It tells of the author’s deep need to be in the house of the Lord and the joy that he finds in God’s presence. Three times he mentions the word “blessed.” Those who are blessed dwell in God’s house (He lives in us), find their strength in God, and trust in God. The word in Hebrew is “baruch,” and it means an increase of goodness on our lives.
Think about it. What happens when we give our lives to Christ at salvation? We receive the Holy Spirit of God, and the result is a change for the good. The evidence of this change is called the fruit of the Spirit. When the Holy Spirit comes in, He brings with Him love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
Now think about the people of the world who are supposedly having so much fun. Really think about them. Do they know the deep acceptance of God’s perfect love? Or do they feel alone? Do they know the joy of having a purpose in life? Or do they drift, allowing their circumstances to bring them down? Do they have peace, or are they anxious and fearful? Are they patient, knowing that God has everything in control? Or do they struggle to figure things out for themselves? Can they control themselves from getting into things that cause harm? Probably not.
Psalm 84:11 says that for believers, God is “a sun and shield.” He lights our path and gives us direction and comfort. He protects us from dangers we don’t even know about and “no good thing does He withhold.” That means that if it is good for us, He gives it to us. Our lives may not always work out like we want, but when we are doing our best to live the way the Bible tells us to do, He will be with us and make sure everything works for our good in the end (Romans 8:28).
Week 4 Resources: The Lord Gives Good Things
Bible Verse: Psalm 84:11, “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”
- Have you seen a change in yourself since you made the decision to follow Christ? If you haven’t, check out this article.
- Some say God’s blessings are all about money, but the Bible tells a different story. What are some ways that God has blessed you?
The fruit of the Spirit comes from God. People can’t grow their own. The closer we get to the Lord, the more fruit we will show. Make an appointment to talk to God and read the Bible each day — and keep it!
Thank God for His blessings and the good things He gives you just by living inside you. Ask Him to show you His purpose for your life.
Better is One Day by Matt Redman
“How lovely is your dwelling place
Oh, Lord Almighty
For my soul longs and even faints for You
For here my heart is satisfied
Within Your presence
I sing beneath the shadow of Your wings.”
Week 5: The Lord Forgives Us
First Read Psalm 51
Everybody has sinned (done bad things). The bad news is that even sinning one time separates us from a holy, perfect God (Isaiah 59:2). In fact in God’s eyes, sins are so bad that they require death to pay for them (Hebrews 9:22). In the Old Testament, the Jews were sorry and paid for sins with the blood of animals that were sacrificed every year. Then Jesus came to give His life once and for all. Now the good news (or the “gospel”) is that Jesus loves us so much that when we believe in Him as Lord and Savior, by His grace we can pay for our sins with His death instead of ours (John 3:16).
Psalm 51 is a Psalm of “lament.” That means that the author, King David, is crying out to God in sadness for his own actions. He is sorry for his sins and begs God to forgive him so that he can be right with Him again. This shows us that even after we are saved, we must continue to repent when we do wrong.
To “repent” doesn’t just mean to say you’re sorry and mean it. Repenting also means that you turn around and go the other way from that sin. Then you ask God to help you never to do it again. Jesus’ sacrifice paid the price of blood for all sins, but when you know about a sin, you must still repent for the blood to cover it (Romans 4:7).
But there is more good news. God promises that when we are sorry and confess our sins (tell Him that we know we did the wrong thing), He will forgive us and make us as clean again (John 1:9). Once we do that, He takes the sins away so that we never have to be sorry or feel bad about them again. Psalm 103:12 says that He removes our sin as far as the East is from the West. Think about a globe. You can trace your finger north, but soon you will be going south. But no matter how far you trace your finger east, you will never be suddenly going west. They never meet!
So don’t let the devil lie to you or make you feel guilty. Once you repent for your sins, God forgives you. You can stand on John 8:36 from now on. It says, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
Week 5 Resources: The Lord Forgives Us
Bible Verse: Psalm 51:14, “Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.”
- After we are saved, we have a new view of sin. What used to be “fun” to us now just makes us sad that we would hurt God by our actions. Can you think of sins you used to love but now you hate?
- Has the enemy ever tried to make you feel guilty for something even after you repented to God for it? Next time, you can stand on God’s promise of forgiveness instead.
2 Corinthians 13:5 tells us to examine ourselves. That means to think about our thoughts and actions. Sit down with God and ask Him to help you think of sins in your life that you need to confess to God. When God brings something to your mind, repent for it (apologize, turn away, and ask Him to help you never to do them again).
After you have examined yourself and repented, pray David’s prayer in Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Then thank Him for His grace and mercy.
Lord, I Need You by Matt Mahr
“Where sin runs deep, Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
And where You are, Lord I am free
Holiness is Christ in me”
Week 6: The Lord Fights for Us
First Read Psalm 46
Whether we wanted to enlist or not, we are all in a spiritual war. Every single day, the enemy of our souls comes against us. He tries to make us lose our faith, lose our love, and ultimately lose our fight to stay on the narrow path that leads to an eternity with our Lord Jesus Christ in Heaven. But 1 John 4:4 says that “… He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” Simply put, the Holy Spirit in us is way stronger than any force the devil can bring.
Psalm 46 reminds us about the greatness of our God. It’s about His ability to fight for His people. While it might have been written about a physical battle at one time, it also applies to the spiritual battles His people face today.
It begins with a promise. Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” When the world comes against us – whether it be circumstances in our lives, conflict in our families, or even feelings of fear and sadness — God promises to be there to help us.
But while Psalm 46:1 offers a promise we can believe in, Psalm 46:10 gives us two commands we must follow for Him to do it. It says, “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth!” The first command is “Be still.” A lot of people might think this is a soft suggestion, kind of like telling someone to “Relax.” But the Hebrew here is more like, “Let go!” or even “Surrender!” He is telling us to stop struggling to think of solutions and find answers on our own. Instead, we should pray and ask God what to do in our lives and then surrender to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
He then gives the second command: “Know that I am God.” This part is like “Wake up!” or “Get it through your head!” God is omniscient (all-knowing), omnipresent (all places at the same time), and omnipotent (all-powerful). He is God. We are not. We must stop trusting in ourselves and start trusting in the great God who knows just what to do in every situation. He has the power and the desire to help us when we cry out to Him in prayer.
Week 6 Resources: The Lord Fights for Us
Bible Verse: Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
- If Jesus were physically with you, would you be afraid of anything in your life? Well, Jesus IS with you. Right?
- Can you think of times when you struggled with problems on your own before you thought to pray to ask God for help?
This week when a problem presents itself, don’t automatically start thinking about what you should do. Instead, pray first. Ask God what He wants you to do, and then surrender to the Holy Spirit’s leading.
Praise God for always being by your side and helping you to fight. Ask Him to remind you when forget to pray about things.
Battle Belongs by Phil Wickham
“So, when I fight, I’ll fight on my knees
With my hands lifted high
Oh God, the battle belongs to You”
Week 7: The Lord Delivers Us
First Read Psalm 34
Most Christians know the “Lord’s Prayer” by heart in which the last line asks God to “deliver us from evil.” In a society that is more familiar with the word “deliver” when combined with the word “pizza,” it’s worth mentioning the definition that relates to the Bible. To “deliver” is to “save, rescue, or set someone free.”
Psalm 34 is a Psalm about deliverance. The first ten lines are kind of like a hymn (religious song). In those lines, the author, King David, praises God for delivering him in his time of need. He also invites others to get to know God for themselves, to “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8). The last 12 lines are more like a sermon. It instructs the readers on how to be eligible (qualified) to receive this same deliverance for themselves. Those who will be delivered are those who fear the Lord.
It’s helpful to remember here that there are two kinds of fear: the bad kind and the good kind. The bad kind of fear involves fear of anything that causes worry or distress. These are things like fear of the future, fear of what others think of us, and fear of sickness. In Psalm 34:4, we hear that God will deliver us from all those kinds of fears when we put our trust in him.
The fear of the Lord, on the other hand, is a good kind of fear. It’s a respect for God and a knowledge that He is holy and righteous. We know that He will one day judge those who are not in a right relationship with Him, so we must be careful to take God seriously. That means we read the Bible and do what it says. We try to do the things that please Him and stay away from things that He doesn’t like. Proverbs 9:10 says that this kind of fear is the beginning of wisdom (good judgment). When we trust God and fear Him, we are called “righteous.”
Psalm 34:15 says that God sees and hears the righteous when we cry out to Him. While we are on earth, He will protect us (Psalm 34:7), and we will not have to live without the things we need (Psalm 34:10). After death, he will reward us with eternal life in Heaven (Psalm 34:22).
Week 7 Resources: The Lord Delivers Us
Bible Verse: Psalm 34:15, “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.”
- Have you ever thought about the two kinds of fears? Does it make sense?
- In this Psalm, what is the difference between how God treats those who “do evil” versus those who are “righteous”?
Psalm 34:14 says we should keep from speaking evil, but we know Jesus also told us that our thought life is important too. Take some time this week to think about the things you say and think. Do they honor the Lord?
Pray Psalm 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Ask God to help you say and think the things that please Him.
My Deliverer by Rich Mullins
“My deliverer is comin’, my deliverer is standin’ by
My deliverer is comin’, my deliverer is standin’ by”
Week 8: The Lord Is Our Strength
First Read Psalm 27
Corrie ten Boom was a Dutch Christian watchmaker during the Holocaust. She and her family were a part of the underground resistance that smuggled Jews to safety. Corrie’s entire family was arrested in January of 1944, and she and her sister Betsie were sent to a concentration camp together. In December of that year, Betsie died. Twelve days later, Corrie was released. She wrote about her experiences in the book The Hiding Place.
Corrie ten Boom knew what it was to experience hardship, but she never gave up her faith in God. She once said, “If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. If you look within, you’ll be depressed. If you look at God, you’ll be at rest.”
Psalm 27 is a Psalm about focus. It was written by King David when he had enemies camped all around him and a powerful king (King Saul) who was trying to kill him. Like Corrie ten Boom, he could have been fearful or even angry at his circumstances. Instead, he pushed all worries and stress out of his mind and gave all his attention to the Lord. He prayed to God for just one thing. Psalm 27:4 says, “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after. That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.”
David understood that a close relationship with God is the most important thing in our whole lives. That’s because the closer we get to the Lord Jesus Christ, the more we understand His great power and majesty. We realize that He is worthy of all our thanks and praise. Not only that, but we see that everything else in this world is weak by comparison. What can possibly make us afraid when we know that our great God is on our side?
So how do we get closer to God to allow Him to become our strength? Psalm 27 says that we seek the Lord. (We do that by reading the Bible and spending time in prayer and worship by ourselves and with other believers.) And we wait upon Him. (We keep our minds focused on the things that please Him, trusting that He will take care of us.) Then we will be strong and encouraged in the Lord.
Week 8 Resources: The Lord Is Our Strength
Bible Verse: Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold (strength) of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
- We may not be in the extreme situations Corrie and David were in, but we all have our own troubles. How can we keep our eyes on God even in the hard times?
- Is there anything too difficult for God?
Make a list of all the things in your life that are too big for you to handle by yourself. Take that list to God and lay it at His feet. Now (here’s the hard part) don’t pick it back up again. Just trust that God will take care of you in every situation.
Thank God for being the strength of your life. Ask Him to show you ways to get closer to Him.
Strength of My Life by Leslie Phillips
“And every day I look to you
To be the strength of my life
You’re the hope I hold onto
Be the strength of my life”
Week 9: The Lord Is Our Caretaker
First Read Psalm 23
In John 10:11, Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” It’s a figure of speech called a metaphor. That’s a comparison between two things to show characteristics and relationships. In this case, Jesus is compared to a shepherd, one who is responsible for the safety and well-being of a flock of sheep. Of course, in this comparison, we Christians are represented by the sheep.
Psalm 23 was most likely written by King David who was a former shepherd himself. It is one of the most popular Psalms in the Book, and it describes the very same metaphor that Jesus mentioned. This time, however, David goes into detail about what that looks like. According to the Psalm, our Shepherd “makes me lie down” (gives us rest), “leads me beside still waters” (brings us peace), “restores my soul” (heals our hurts), and “leads me in paths of righteousness” (protects us from evil).
He continues with, “Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me” (gives direction), “You prepare a table” (provides for us), “You anoint my head with oil” (gives us our position as a child of God), and “my cup overflows” (gives in abundance). Finally, the Psalm ends with “surely goodness and mercy will follow me” (God continues to give us grace and mercy), and “I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (we have belonging and security).
Did you notice that right in the middle of the Psalm, there is a shift (change)? Instead of talking ABOUT the Shepherd as a “He,” David starts talking directly TO his Shepherd as “You.” It begins in verse 4 where David says, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me.” It’s as if this reminder gets David so excited that he can’t seem to help himself from turning directly to God to continue. He then is no longer describing how God takes care of His people. He is now reaffirming his own personal connection with his God who takes care of HIM.
This Psalm reminds us that it is not enough to know about God. Clearly understanding His promises and expectations is all well and good, but we need more than knowledge in our heads. We need an experience with the Living God Himself, a relationship that causes us to turn to Him in every situation. It is only then that God will go from being “a” Shepherd, one who takes care of His people’s needs, to “my” Shepherd, the one who takes care of me.
Week 9 Resources: The Lord Is Our Caretaker
Bible Verse: Psalm 23:1 “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures.”
- Why do you think God uses the metaphor of sheep to describe His people? (Hint: search “Why Are Christians Compared to Sheep?”)
- Can you look back on your life and see God’s goodness and mercy following you?
Take some time this week to strengthen your own personal relationship with God. Make time to read a little more of your Bible than usual and stay around a little longer in prayer. Instead of doing all the talking, ask Him to speak to you. (His sheep hear His voice.)
Praise God for all the ways He takes care of you. Ask Him to help you to remember to turn to Him in every situation.
Good Shepherd by Mercy Hill Worship
“Good shepherd won’t you rest my soul
In your presence where I belong
Good shepherd won’t you lead me home
To the place where I belong”
Like this topic? Check out Why is the Lord Compared to a Shepherd? in which we see 5 characteristics of actual shepherds and how that applies to Jesus. Or, try Why Are Christians Compared to Sheep? in which we see 5 characteristics of sheep and how that applies to us.
Week 10: The Lord Deserves Praise
First Read Psalm 8
Years ago, it became popular for some church congregations and even individuals to use a call-and-response pattern. Someone would say “God is good” (the call) and the other person (or people) would say, “All the time” (the response) Then the first person would repeat, “All the time.” And the other(s) would respond with “God is good.” It’s kind of fun to say back and forth with a friend or in a group, but in our ever-changing world, the truth of it should not be missed. God is always good.
Psalm 8 is a Psalm about praising God for just how awesome He really is. The author, King David, uses the word “majestic.” That means “having impressive beauty and/or great dignity (worthy of honor and respect).” He reminds us that God created all of space with the moon and stars. He created the earth, people, and all the animals. And even as amazing as He is as our Creator, He doesn’t just stop there. He is also our “Lord.” He has power, authority, and influence over us. He is our Master, our King.
But sometimes, even as Christians and without meaning to, we can make God small. We might think to ourselves that God has too many big things on His mind to care about us and our little lives. But this Psalm reminds us that He knows each one of His children and is “mindful” (aware) of everything we are going through. He can think about the big things, the little things, and all the things in between.
Or sometimes we might think of Him as a lot like we are. Some days He’s in a good mood and is faithful to do the things the Bible says. On other days, not so much. But this Psalm reminds us that God has a majestic name. That means that He has a reputation to keep. He has told us that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He doesn’t change with the times or situations. God is always good, always just, and always who He says He is. We can count on it.
God is our Creator and our Lord. He knows about us, cares about us, and will do all the things He has said He will do. He deserves our praise. That means that we tell Him out loud (in prayer and in worship songs) that we know how excellent He is. We show Him with both with our words and our actions (being faithful to live a life pleasing to Him) how much He means to us.
Week 10 Resources: The Lord Deserves Praise
Bible Verse: Psalm 8:9 “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”
- When was the last time you came to God in prayer just to praise Him?
- Have you ever made God small without meaning to do that?
Find ways to praise God every day. Use worship music and prayer to tell God all the ways He is wonderful. (Today’s song is based on this Psalm and praises God for His majestic name.)
If you have ever thought too little of God, confess that to Him. Ask Him to forgive you and to help you to remember to praise Him. Then praise Him for both His majesty and His mercy.
How Majestic Is Your Name by Sandi Patti
“O Lord, our Lord
How majestic is Your name in all the earth
O Lord, we praise Your name (worship You Lord, magnify Your name)
O Lord, we magnify Your name (O Lord, we worship You, Lord, magnify Your name)”
Week 11: The Lord Knows the Righteous
First Read Psalm 1
There is so much division in our world today. People are separated by race and culture. They are separated by politics and how much money people have (or don’t have). They are even separated by gender and religious ideas. But for God, there are only two kinds of people. There are those who belong to Him (called the righteous) and those who don’t (called the wicked). These two groups of people both behave differently and are treated differently by God.
Psalm 1 is one of the eleven Psalms of Wisdom (instruction) in the Bible. In it we find that we can identify the righteous by the things they do. First, they stay away from evil as much as possible. They don’t try to be friends with people who do the wrong things. They also don’t take advice from them or agree with them when they speak against God or other Christians. Instead, those who are righteous love God and His Word (the Bible). They think about the things of God all the time (day and night).
We can also know the righteous by how God treats them. The author, King David, uses a simile to compare those who are righteous to a tree planted by water. This isn’t just a tree that happened to grow in a good spot. No, someone planted it. It’s a picture of how God is intentional with His children. He puts us places on purpose so that we can get what we need and be fruitful for Him (He can use us for the Kingdom). God watches out for us so that no matter what happens, all things work toward our good (Romans 8:28). He knows us, and we will be with Him always.
The wicked, on the other hand, are compared to chaff. This is a picture of wheat and how in the old days, harvesters would throw the wheat in the air (called threshing) so that the bad parts (called the chaff) came off and were blown away. After threshing, only the good parts were left and kept for use. Did you catch the difference? People who don’t follow God aren’t planted on purpose. They are lost in the winds. One day they will be judged for their sins.
This Psalm reminds us that we all have a choice to make, and Joshua 24:14 sums it up. It says, “Choose this day whom you will serve.” Either we will live like the world (people who don’t believe in God) and do things only for ourselves, or we will love God and serve Him. The choice is ours. Choose life.
Week 11 Resources: The Lord Knows the Righteous
Bible Verse: Psalm 1:6 “For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.”
- Do you take time to pray and read the Bible every day?
- Can you look at your life and see the way God takes care of you?
Make a list of the things in your life that are important to you now. Ask yourself where Jesus falls on the list. (He should be number 1.)
Thank God for keeping His hand on your life. Ask Him to show you any areas of your life that He needs you to change.
Psalm 1 by Kim Hill
“The Lord holds the plans, and the paths of all who follow him
The righteous will stand secure and last forever”
Week 12: The Lord Is Our God
Whether it’s our parents, teachers, bosses, or the law, we all have to listen to people who have power (authority) over us. But sometimes people forget about the One who has the greatest authority of all: God. While people have free choice to make decisions right now, God sees and knows everything. In the end, nobody will get away with anything bad, and God’s people will be greatly rewarded for their faith and service to Him.
Psalm 93:1-2 says, “The Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved. Your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting.” There was never a time when God didn’t exist, and He will exist forever. The pictures of robes and throne help us to understand that God reigns (rules) as King over all the things He created.
Psalm 95:6-7 says, “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand…” But God isn’t just the Creator and King. God is also a Protector and Caregiver for those who choose to worship Him as their God. He can and will take care of us if we will just put our faith and trust in Him.
Psalm 96:4-5 says, “For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the Lord made the heavens.” But knowing God and worshiping Him as God still isn’t enough. We must get rid of all the other idols that we “worship” too. This means we can’t love the things in this world (people, material things, or even ourselves) as much or more than we love and give attention to God.
God is our Creator and King. He existed before time and rules His Creation. For those of us who put our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, He becomes our Protector and Caretaker. He is the supreme ruler, has all power, and knows everything. God and God alone deserves our worship as the God of our lives.
Week 12 Resources: The Lord Is Our God
Bible Verses: Various (See above).
Jesus came first as a lamb but will return as a lion. How does this tie into the picture of God as the King?
What are some ways that you can show God that He is your only God?
Take some time to think about the things in your life that you love. Is there anyone or anything that you love so much you think about it all the time? Could it have become an “idol” (false god) to you?
Ask God to show you anything in your life that might have become an idol. Repent (say you are sorry and ask Him to help you never to do it again) and seek His wisdom about how to move on from there.
Awesome Remix by Charles Jenkins & More
“My God is awesome
Savior of the whole world
Giver of salvation
By his stripes I am healed”
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