The Book of Psalms is my favorite book of the Bible. I am finding new lessons from that book every day. I can be encouraged from Psalms as well as convicted. It is a great place to sit for a while and read. This morning I just want to share a handful of lessons I have learned from Psalms in the past couple of weeks. So grab your Bible read a long with me.
- I don’t need to tell everyone everything. Psalm 4:4 says, “Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.” Sometimes it’s just better to think about things and keep them to myself. Better yet, talk to God about it. I wrote a post a couple months ago about learning when to speak and when to be still.
- Ask God to guide EACH individual step. Psalm 17:5 says, “Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.” It is not enough to ask God to guide my steps for the week or even for the day. I need to be praying all day long with each decision I make. I don’t mean to take one step, say a prayer, take one step, say a prayer. But you can be praying throughout the day and asking God to help you make choices that will honor Him.
- God makes me capable of more than I have ever imagined. Psalm 18:29 says, “For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.” Have you ever gone through a really hard time in your life and after coming out of it thought, “How did I make it through that?” God makes us capable. It is certainly not our strength, it is His. But He gives it to us and we can get through so much with it.
- God leads me to be where I need to be. I won’t quote the whole Psalm 23 but you can read it here. This Psalm is most often used to show God’s protection, provision, and care. And that is so true. But remember, God leads His sheep like a good Shepherd. As long as you are following Him no matter what circumstances arise you can be sure He has led you to where you need to be.
- Only God can strengthen the heart. Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” The world offers many innocent comforts for the heart. I love exercise and I know it boosts my mood when I do. But exercise won’t strengthen my heart. I love crocheting and it makes me feel so happy when I finish a project. But that won’t strengthen my heart. Having a nice cup of coffee in the morning can be like a big hug to wake you up. But that won’t strengthen my heart. I can’t rely on the world’s comforts to strengthen my heart. They just won’t do it. I need to realize only God can comfort my heart then go to Him for that comfort.
What lessons have you learned from the Book of Psalms? I would love to hear them! Share with us below. What’s your favorite book of the Bible? Why is it your favorite?