Psalm 131-SHORT Psalm, but something that should be prayed often.
My heart is not proud, Lord,
my eyes are not haughty;
I need to pray “Please make my heart not proud, or my eyes haughty”. About a month ago we read Psalm 10, it said: “In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God”.
Pride is not just a problem for me…it is a problem for everyone even if you don’t want to admit it. Pride is easier to recognize than to define, easier to recognize in others than ourselves. Some of the synonyms for pride include arrogance, presumption, conceit, self-satisfaction, or boasting. It is the opposite of humility.
Haughty I had to look up. Here is what I found- “Someone who is haughty is arrogant and full of pride. When you’re haughty, you have a big attitude and act like you’re better than other people. A haughty person acts superior and looks down on others. Haughty people are disdainful, overbearing, prideful, swaggering, and obnoxious.”
Psalm 138- Maybe a verse or a stanza stuck out to you. But immediately thought of this:
Psalm 139- Flag on the field. I need a time out. So there I was reading Psalm 139 when I got to verse 13 and realized this is one of those “famous ones” that you see on t-shirts in the South. And YES verse 13 is BEAUTIFUL-but the rest of the Psalm is incredible!! Go back and read it again and tell me your favorite part. To pick one will be so hard!!
This Psalm talks about the three “O”s.
- God is Omniscient- He knows EVERYTHING about you. Verses 1-6
- God is Omnipresent- He is EVERYWHERE you are. Verses 7-12
- God is Omnipotent- He is ALL POWERFUL. Verses 13-18
When we have the weight of the world on us it is a good reminder to think about the 3 O’s of God. It will bring you Peace.
Psalm 143- This another penitential psalm just like Psalm 6. David prayed for deliverance and guidance. Even when we sin, we can appeal to the Lord for help and restoration on the basis of His faithfulness, This psalm beautifully combines humble requests and appreciation for God’s character.
Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
lead me on level ground.
Psalm 144- You may have read this and thought it sounded familiar. In essence, it is the same as Psalm 18.
By now you might be able to read a Psalm and “categorize it”. This is one of the Royal Psalms: Here is the total list
Here are ten psalms scholars commonly classify as royal.
|Psalm 2||David||King’s coronation|
|Psalm 18||David||King’s battle victory|
|Psalm 20||David||Prayer for king for battle victory|
|Psalm 21||David||Praise by king for battle victory|
|Psalm 45||Sons of Korah||King’s wedding|
|Psalm 72||Solomon||Prayer for king’s dominion|
|Psalm 89||Ethan the Ezrahite||Davidic covenant|
|Psalm 101||David||King’s charter|
|Psalm 110||David||Priestly kingdom|
|Psalm 144||David||Peace by king’s victory|
- When we read royal psalms, we should consider first what they meant in their original context
- Then we should look at any cross-references to the New Testament
- Last, reflect on how the psalm might relate to Jesus’ second coming and eternal reign.
Psalm 145- A Psalm of Praise. Sorry, it is worship kind of day….