Psalms

A Psalm for All Seasons

Throughout my life seasons, I found comfort and joy as I cried out my pleas to God because I could identify with the Voice within the Psalms.

Reflections on the Psalms: There are 150 to choose from with themes of deliverance, protection, forgiveness, gratitude and praise.  As you peruse the poetry and writings do you identify with the rejoicing heart, the anguished soul, His sustaining grace, His teaching and guidance for our path or with strength through new songs of victory?

This is a great opportunity for aspiring writers to share their heart passion and eventually get published. As we collect 365 devotions we would like to have your permission to create a beautiful gift book filled with stories of passion and praise. I will add colorful photography for the visual. We will offer a special author’s discount and personal copy with all proceeds going to a worthy mission.  If you would like to have your entry published please contact me for the writer’s guidelines: caroljsmith12@gmail.com. Thank you in advance…

Please post your favorite verse from the Psalms and share your personal experience with us…

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  1. caroljsmith12prays
    Jun 23, 2011 @ 17:50:01

    Here is one of my favorites Psalm 37. It begins with the message not to worry or be bothered by those who hurt us. God directs us to trust, do good, dwell, cultivate, delight, commit. Then we are given the promise that He will give you the desires of your heart. It is uplighting and comforting to know God will do it. He tells us to be still and wait patiently. Not so easy but so vital for truly fulfilling the desires of His and your heart.

    Psalm 37
     
    1 Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong.  
    2 For like grass, they soon fade away. Like spring flowers, they soon wither.
    3 Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
    4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.
    5 Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.  6 He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine
    like the noonday sun.
    7 Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. [NLT]

    Trust in the LORD and do good;
    Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
    Delight yourself in the LORD;
    And He will give you the desires of your heart.
    Commit your way to the LORD,
    Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
    He will bring forth your righteousness as the light
    And your judgment as the noonday.
    Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him. [NASB]

    How has this Psalm spoken to your heart? Share your story…

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  2. Carol J. Smith
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 22:38:10

    Yes…I have had many answers to prayer based upon this Psalm.Trusting God when people are evil towards us (my husband’s former boss). Trusting God that He will provide housing. Delighting in God as I worship and praise Him; thankful for how He gives me the desires of my heart. I want a heart like God full of love, grace and wisdom. Learning to commit my plans to Him and trusting Him to fulfill them in His way. Waiting for the Lord to answer and I rest. Being still in His presence and experiencing peace.

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  3. Carol J. Smith
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 23:59:42

    Worship in the Psalms
    Fall Creek Outdoor Church Presentation

    Introduction & Background

    The Book of Psalms provide 150 poetic expressions of prayer, praise, deliverance and thanksgiving covering the full range of Israel’s religious faith. The word psalms is derived from the Hebrew Tehillim, תְהִלִּים, or “praises” and the Greek Ψαλμοί (Psalmoi), perhaps originally meaning “music of the lyre” or “songs sung to a harp.

    Authorship and dating of individual compositions is difficult: most were attributed to David (73) along with mention of Asaph, Korah, Moses, Heman, Ethan, Solomon and Jeduthun. There is reason to believe that Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Haggai along with others may have contributed. Most were written
    early in the history of ancient Israel (first millennium BC), while others were written after the exile to Babylon, which occurred in the sixth century BC.

    The grand theme of the Psalms is “man is in trouble—God gives relief.” In these sacred writings we hear the universal cry calling out to God for help, and we experience the loving hand of God reaching down to
    deliver.

    There are 5 dominant themes recognized in Psalms:

    1.Realization of God’s Presence

    2.Recognition of a need for Thanksgiving

    3. Renewal through personal Communion with God

    4. Remembrance of God’s part in history

    5. Reality of our need of deliverance from enemies

    We can appreciate more personally and fully the relevance of the theological truths within the Psalms as we allow the Word of God to speak to our hearts. These ancient hymns and prayers engage our imaginations, move our emotions, and give us the opportunity to empathize with the writers, and
    relate the teachings to our own experiences.

    The Psalms have several different categories or types:
    •Hymns or songs and prayers of praise thanksgiving
    •Laments or complaints and prayers
    •Royal Psalms related to the David’s kingsship rule in Jerusalem
    •Wisdom Psalms contributions
    of the wise men of the temple academy who nurtured and propagated the
    traditional theology of Israel in an effort to discover the right way of life.
    •And there are other mixed types including Historical; Eschatological (126 references
    relating to God’s plans for our future restoration); and Judgment (82) liturgies.
    •Messianic Prophecies: Did you know that there are over 30 Messianic Prophecies or predictions that foretold the coming of Christ with over 89 New Testament references? (By Matthew,
    Mark, Luke, John, Paul & Peter)

    Today we will Focus on PSALMS of Praise, Prayer and Deliverance

    1. Psalms of Praise

    The largest single category of psalms is the hymns and Psalms of praise. These are offered either directly or indirectly to God. Seventy-­four of the 150 psalms are considered as belonging to the praise psalms.
    •Twenty-­six refer to God’s nature, attributes and deeds: 8, 19, 24,29, 33, 65, 68, 100, 103, 104, 105, 111, 113, 114, 115, 117, 134, 135, 136, 139, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150.
    •Twelve Psalms of praise relate to thanksgiving:30, 32, 34, 41, 66, 67, 92, 107, 116, 118, 124, 138.
    •Six Psalms are hymns of praise of Zion as the pilgrimage place of the presence of God: 46, 48, 76, 84, 87, 122.
    •Six hymns praise God as universal and eternal king: 47, 93, 96, 97, 98, 99
    •Eleven psalms infer the presence of God, as a part of a lesson about man on the basis of what God is: 15, 36, 50, 75, 78, 81, 82, 95, 121, 125, 129.
    •Four Psalms present praise to counteract lamentation: 9/10, 57, 77, 108.

    II. Prayers & Laments

    So what is a lamentation? We could describe it as a complaint, moans and groaning or whining? Can anyone relate to that? No—surely none of us do that! (lol!)

    Lamentations are prayers amid stress and difficulty of life. Of the 150 Psalms, 56 are laments, and the majority are individual prayers of lamentation. These Psalms come from cries of spiritual, mental, physical, and material suffering.

    They begin with a request for hearing and a plea for deliverance. And they close with confident faith in God and praise to Him.

    There are both individual cries and also community laments for catatstrophes that affected the whole community.

    Here is a list for you to consider and understand what the people were struggling with.
    • There are thirty­-nine individual laments: 3, 5, 6, 7, 13, 17, 22, 25, 26, 28, 31, 35, 38, 39, 40, 42/43, 51, 52, 54, 55, 56, 59, 61, 63, 64, 69, 70, 71, 86, 88, 94, 102, 109, 120, 130,140,141,142,143.
    •The sixteen community laments are cries from the congregation over some catastrophe affecting the community as a whole: 12, 14, 44, 53, 58, 60, 74, 79, 80, 83, 85, 90, 106, 123, 126, 137.

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  4. Carol J. Smith
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 00:08:45

    A Brief Excerpt from My Story in the Psalms

    The Psalms have been my way to connect with God…early in my Christian experience I learned that I could always find hope, emotional healing and spiritual encouragement while reading and praying the Psalms.

    As a new believer, I related to Psalm 51:10-12, “Create in me a clean heart O God and renew a right spirit within in me…restore the joy of thy salvation.” I was very aware of my need for a Savior. The devil continually reminded me of my sins; and I continually confessed my 22 years of sin. Even now, after 30+ years as a believer I still pray for God to give me a clean heart and a new spirit.

    During my early years as a new believer, I was a student at Southern Missionary College, TN. I faced a lot of challenges and trials. Financial, family and choosing the best path of study and life preparation. I didn’t grow up with the Bible, so the KJV language and stories were very unfamiliar but somehow I could always receive a blessing from reading the Book of Psalms.

    I love the messages of hope, the assurance that we can overcome bythe grace of God, the depth of trust for God, the vulnerability of crying out to God when faced with difficulties and enemies. There are times when I truly needed to know that God understands our suffering and torment from enemies.

    When my Mother died I went straight to the Psalms to connect with my God for comfort.

    When I needed guidance I claimed God’s promises:

    Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. I will guide you with My eye.

    When I feel afraid or attacked I go to the Psalms:

    Psalm 25:1The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; 4 Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. 5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For
    You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.

    Whether we need to seek God for help, praise for blessings, worship God with honor…we can get a connection with God as we search the Psalms..

    I have a full message on Psalm 37 that I will share later; but for now I will share just a few verses because we want to give a few people (3) time to share their personal story of connecting with God in a Psalm.

    Psalm 37

    3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and cultivate His faithfulness.
    4 Delight yourself in the LORD, And He will give you the desires of your heart.
    5 Commit your way to the LORD, Trust in Him…He will do it!

    During my talk, I allowed time for people in the audience to share their special memories in the Psalms. One gentleman shared his troubles at work; being persecuted by co-workers and turning to God while climbing a hill near his home and realizing where his help comes from. Psalm 121

    Another woman shared how she endured emotional and physical abuse in her marriage. She shared the details of her deliverance and then had Psalm 18 tatooed on her leg. A heart, a cross and the the verse.

    Another woman told how Psalm 37:5 helped her during the unknown wait as they prepared for adoption of her daughter from South America.

    Dr. Joan Young shared a powerful testimony of her deliverance several times from hitchhiking and being kidnapped as a teen, struggling in a broken abusive marriage and the intercessory prayers of her Mother.

    And to close we had Sharon Turner teach us a new song “Psalm of Deliverance” as she prepared a new CD release. Sharon plays the harp and piano.

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