Fear is a natural response of our fallen human nature that results from living in a fallen world and being helpless. Helpless and unable to save himself, David knew where to turn. He confessed: “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?” (Psalm 56:3-4) The cure for our fear is found in the LORD and in His word of promise!
Do you know what it is like to be hunted by someone who wants you dead? David did. And in such a time he turned to the LORD for help and protection. Our devotion is based on Psalm 59:16: “But I will sing of Your power; Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; For You have been my defense And refuge in the day of my trouble.” The LORD proved His love for David and leaped up to help in his time of need. And the same joy that we have is that David’s God is our God, and our LORD!
In our Bible Study series on the Psalms we continue with Psalm 113, one of the “Hallel” Psalms or psalms of “Praise.” While we don’t know for sure who wrote this Psalm, it has a strong connection to the Second Commandment, but in a positive sense. The name of God (Yahweh, Jehovah) is mentioned eight times in this short psalm. The LORD wants us to use His name to call upon Him, pray, praise (this word is used five times in this psalm!) and give thanks! Yes, “Praise the LORD!”
The two foundational teachings of the Bible are the Law and the Gospel. We see the ugly truth of the Law revealed and receive sweet and needed comfort and assurance from the Gospel. Our devotion is based on Psalm 5:4-5,7 “For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, Nor shall evil dwell with You. The boastful shall not stand in Your sight; You hate all workers of iniquity…. But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy; In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple.” The Law reveals our sin and deserved punishment, but the Gospel points us to the mercy of God in Christ Jesus!
We are beginning a new Bible Study series on the Psalms of the Old Testament to go along with our weekly devotions on the Psalms. In this series we will work through each of the 150 Psalms. We begin with Psalm 90, written by Moses as he describes the eternal nature of God and the struggles of the human life under the curse of sin. They will look at Law and Gospel, Vocations, Sin, the Nature of God and much more. Open your Bible and sit down with Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Neal Radichel as they dig into the Psalms together!