Psalm

The Rock That is Higher Than I

Psalm 61:2 "I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I."

To what does a drowning man cling when he feels that death is only a moment away? To his watersoaked briefcase which he is hugging to his breast? To his wet clothing which can finally only drag him down to a watery grave? No! He reaches out and away from himself to something solid and immovable -- something to which he can hold fast despite the undertow of the swirling water. 

Too Low!

Psalm 121:1-2 "I lift up my eyes to the hills -- where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth."

Some people do not look high enough. This is tragic. Think what happens when we look too low. If we look only at our troubles, our difficulties, our problems, our sicknesses, our trials, we shall finally throw up our hands in despair. The troubles of life will loom so large that we shall lose courage and say, "What's the use?" 

The Meaning of Trust

Psalm 37:5 "Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will do this."

When traveling in the Far East, one sees many interesting sights, especially toward evening. It is interesting to observe the people as they return home from a day at the market. Some return with heavy packs on their backs. Others drive half-filled, three-wheel put-puts. Still others lumber along with a beast of burden pulling a near-empty wagon. 

This is the Day!"

Psalm 118:24 "This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."

The Christian religion has often been criticized for being too otherworldly -- for putting too much emphasis on the life that lies beyond the grave, and too little emphasis on the life that is here and now. The Christian religion, it is claimed, offers the believer only "pie in the sky," while providing little joy in the work-a-day world in which we live. What shall we say to this? 

Use Trouble for Good

Psalm 46:1 "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble."

Trouble is the most democratic thing in the world. It snubs no one. It's everyone's shadow. Job said people are "born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward" (Job 5:7). Every person born to this world experiences a bundle of trouble. 

Jesus, Our King

Endow the king with Your justice, O God, the royal son with Your righteousness. He will judge Your people in righteousness, Your afflicted ones with justice. Psalm 72:1-2

We might think that King Solomon, the author of this psalm, is referring to himself in this verse. He is, after all, the first king of Israel who is a “royal son.” He asked God for wisdom to judge the people in righteousness and was granted that wisdom by God. But the psalm goes on to talk about the king’s reign enduring “through all generations,” and we are led to ask, “Did Solomon really think he would live forever?” No, he was wiser than that. 

A New Song

Sing to the LORD a new song, for He has done marvellous things; His right hand and His holy arm have worked salvation for Him. The LORD has made His salvation known and revealed His righteousness to the nations. Psalm 98:1-2

When Christians sing this “new song,” we do not mean “new” in the sense that the song has just recently been written. The verse above refers to a song thousands of years old. Yet when sung by someone with a “clean heart” in whom the right spirit has been renewed, it is filled with new feeling and made into a new song. We sing to the Lord with hearts filled with love for Him who first loved us.