Introduction: The book of Psalms is the Bible's hymnbook. The psalmists are bone of our bones and flesh of our flesh. We sympathize with their struggles and feel they are akin to us in ours. Of this magnificent book of the Bible, John Calvin once wrote: "I may truly call this book an anatomy of all parts of the soul, for no one can feel a movement of the spirit which is not reflected in this mirror. All the sorrows, troubles, fears, doubts, hopes, pains, perplexities and stormy outbreaks by which the hearts of men are tossed have been depicted here to the very life.” Psalm
Psalm 14:1 — It’s ignoramuses, not intellectuals, who believe there is no God.
Psalm 18:3 — It is praying to God and the praising of God that enables the people of God to prevail over their enemies.
Psalm 18:11 — Though sometimes shrouded in darkness, God is never at a distance.
Psalm 18:28 — The Lord is our Lamplighter who enlightens for us the encroaching and enveloping darkness.
Psalm 18:46 — The God of our salvation, who is both immortal and invincible, is to be ever extolled and exalted.
Psalm 19:1-3 — The atheist is deaf and blind to the glory of the Creator, which is daily and nightly declared and divulged by all of creation.
Psalm 19:4-6 — The divinely inspired Scripture declared the sun to be the tabernacle (center) of our solar system long before human discovery ever detected it. Contrary to popular opinion, true science never contradicts the truth of Scripture, but always confirms it.
Psalm 19:7-10 — God’s Word is infallible, soul-saving, life-giving, trustworthy, enlightening, inerrant, gratifying, unadulterated, illuminating, eye-opening, immaculate, immutable, and irrefutable. It is therefore to be more prized than gold and found more palatable than honey.
Psalm 19:11 — God’s Word warns us not to flout it, but promises great rewards to all who follow it.
Psalm 19:12-13 — Unperceived and presumptuous sin, especially wrongs presumed to be right, are neither guiltless nor innocuous, but inevitably lead to greater transgressions.
Psalm 19:14 — We should pray everyday that everything we articulate and contemplate will be acceptable to our Lord, who is our solid Rock and saving Redeemer.
Psalm 23:1 — The most important word in Psalm 23 is the little word “my”—“The Lord is my Shepherd.” It’s one thing to know the famous Shepherd’s Psalm, but something else all together to know the Shepherd.
Psalm 24:1 — The earth does not belong to us nor do we belong to the earth, but the earth, as well as everything and everyone within it, belongs to God.
Psalm 24:1 — All things, having originated with the Lord, are owned by the Lord. Being His creation, makes everything and everyone His possession.
Psalm 27:4 — The Christian should share David's sole desire, being like him obsessed with God’s presence, mesmerized by the beauty of God’s holiness, and daily occupied with the unending pursuit of greater intimacy with God.
Psalm 27:4 — A man after God’s heart will desire to dwell in God’s house, where his gaze will never be distracted from the sacred—the beauty of the Lord—by the profane—the base things of this life. (Acts 13:22)
Psalm 27:14 — Waiting on the Lord requires the courage of one's convictions and results in the strengthening of one's heart.
Psalm 31:1 — All who trust in the Lord will be proven right by the Lord and never be ashamed for having done so.
Psalm 31:2 — The Most High bows down to hear the low-spirited prayers of the most lowly, answering them with His perfectly timed deliverance and defense.
Psalm 31:3 — God can be trusted to guard and guide us, since, as a tenacious guardian of His own glory, He will not allow it to be tarnished by failing to deliver on His promise to defend and direct us.
Psalm 31:4 — Those God strengthens He snatches from secret schemes hatched against them by hostile schemers.
Psalm 31:5 — The words spoken by the Savior on the day of His death should be spoken daily by the saints everyday of their lives. We should live each day confessing to God the committing of our spirits to His care. (Luke 23:46)
Psalm 31:6 — Those who trust in the one true God hate it when others are taught to trust in untrustworthy and untruthful things.
Psalm 31:7 — Even in the midst of life's messes we can be merry, because God is merciful. Whereas we might not know which end is up, God knows our every dilemma from top to bottom.
Psalm 31:8 — Christ’s saints are never in Satan’s clutches. Even in the direst of straits their souls can range in a spiritually roomy and unrestrained realm.
Psalm 31:9-13 — The psalmist was the first and foremost singer of the blues, nullifying the popular notion that all praise songs must be a giddy ditty.
Psalm 31:14 — Don't be a fair-weather believer, but one whose confidence in God and confession of God are as constant in the storm as in the sunshine.
Psalm 31:15 — The realization that our lives are in God’s hands, not in the hands of others, especially not in the hands of our opponents or oppressors, turns divine providence into a soft pillow for anxious heads.
Psalm 31:16-17 — The scowling faces of short-lived slanderers should not be fretted by those living under the shining face of God’s forever favor.
Psalm 31:18 — If this prayer of the ancient psalmist was targeted toward today's lying, proud, and contemptuous politicians, it would surely shut up and shutdown our present-day government.
Psalm 31:19 — To trust in God amidst fallen humanity is to lay up treasure in Heaven forever, treasure that is both inestimable and irrevocable.
Psalm 31:20 — In the secret pavilion of God’s presence, pride cannot step foot nor can a slanderous tongue get in a word.
Psalm 31:21 — God’s stedfast love is a shelter to the saint under siege in this sin-cursed world.
Psalm 31:22 — In our haste we may feel that God has shut His eyes to our plight, but in time we will find that He has opened His ears to our prayers.
Psalm 31:23 — The faithful, who love the Lord, are protected by Him, but the prideful, who are stuck on themselves, will be punished by Him.
Psalm 31:24 — The heart sinks under the cowardice of despair, but is strengthened under the courage of hope.
Psalm 34:8 — The Christian should savor the minutes of prayer like a connoisseur does the taste of a good meal. By doing so, God’s presence becomes our insatiable desire, as well as the only thing that can satisfy our spiritually hunger soul.
Psalm 34:10 — It is not the aggressive self-seeker, but he or she who ardently seeks God who is guaranteed God’s daily sustenance and their daily satisfaction.
Psalm 37:16-17 — The poverty of the righteous is preferable to the prosperity of the wicked, because the wellbeing of the righteous is assured by God, but the wealth of the wicked will surely slip away.
Psalm 38:22 — The Lord is not only our Savior, by whom we are saved, but also our salvation, in whom we are safe.
Psalm 42:1 — A heart for God is not proven by a recited sinner’s prayer, but by a perpetual panting for the presence of God.
Psalm 42:2 — Thirst for the living God cannot be quenched at the altar of a false and nonexistent deity or by observing the lifeless formality of a dead religion.
Psalm 42:3-4 — When God is hidden and foes harangue, the tears of one’s presently perceived divine abandonment and human accosting precipitate heartfelt prayers, especially when one remembers past participation with the people of God in the praise of God at the house of God.
Psalm 42:5 — The cure for a temporary frown of despair is the hope that God will soon smile upon us.
Psalm 42:6 — To raise up a cast down soul one should remember God’s past interventions.
Psalm 42:7 — Our deepest prayers arise from our troubled soul when we’re caught in a trying tempest that overwhelms us like a waterspout above, a whirlpool below, and billowing waves all around.
Psalm 42:8 — The songs and prayers of a soul continuously overshadowed by God’s sovereign lovingkindness can neither be silenced by the toils of the day nor the terrors of the night.
Psalm 42:9-11 — To make God our rock does not rid life of its rocky times, but reassures us of divine relief.
Psalm 46:10 — It is in stillness and silence that divine activity is sensed in our lives most keenly and that the still, small voice of the Spirit is heard in our hearts most clearly.
Psalm 46:10 — Living in intimacy with God translates into lifelong stillness before God. To know God intimately, is to know you can do nothing until He does something. However, to continuously frail away at life in the flesh, is to prove you lack close fellowship with the Lord.
Psalm 50:10 — It is Christ’s signature in the corner of the sunset and His brand on the cattle of a thousand hills.
Psalm 53:1 — Atheism is not the conclusion of a clever mind, but of a corrupt one.
Psalm 53:1 — Atheism is neither scholastic nor scientific, it is sin.
Psalm 55:22 — There is no burden that is not made lighter by kneeling under it.
Psalm 56:3 — Faith in the Lord alleviates fears in our lives. In times when we’re troubled, we do well to trust in the Lord.
Psalm 62:9 — The illustrious are an illusion who tilt the scale of true significance no more than the ignoble.
Psalm 67:3 — The purpose of all people is to praise the Almighty.
Psalm 73:25 — We have no help in Heaven but God and should have no desire upon earth but Him.
Psalm 73:26 — Though our flesh is frail and our heart may fail, God, who is our strength, can be counted on to faithfully sustain us forever.
Psalm 84:10 — An instant in God’s presence is better than eons outside of it, and to be a doorkeeper in the house of God is better than to be the envy of the wicked.
Psalm 91:1 — God promises His perpetual protection to those who dwell in the secret place of the most High, not to spiritual dawdlers who presume they can drift in and out of God’s presence at their pleasure.
Psalm 91:1 — To dwell in the secret place of the most High one must abide under the shadow of the Almighty; that is, one must be permanently preempted by God, giving Him all the glory and never grasping for any personal credit.
Psalm 91:1 — The promise of God’s perpetual protection is to those who abide under the shadow of the Almighty; that is, to God’s intimates who are always close beside Him because they continuously side with Him.
Psalm 91:1 — It is only those who continuously seek God’s glory, not their own, and God’s face, not His favors, who dwell and abide in safety and security under the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalm 91:2 — The most important word in Psalm 91 is the little word "my." It’s one thing to say, “The Lord is a refuge.” It’s another thing altogether to say, “The Lord is my refuge.” The former is an acknowledgment, the latter an appropriation.
Psalm 91:2 — It is only those who trust in God, relying upon Him as their refuge, who are assured of His sovereign safekeeping.
Psalm 91:3 — The fowler the Psalmist warns us about in the Old Testament is identified by the Apostle Paul in the New Testament (1 Timothy 3:7). It is the devil who seeks to craftily ensnare us in order to cunningly employ us in the execution of his will (2 Timothy 2:26).
Psalm 91:3 — Like a spiritual mine-detector, God detects for us Satan’s subtle snares so that we might sidestep them. He can also deliver us from any snare we’ve carelessly stepped into and that currently has us hanging by our heels.
Psalm 91:3 — Vaccinations are fine, as far as they go, but divine inoculations are far better. The man who has received a divine immunization is invulnerable to all viruses.
Psalm 91:4 — There is no need for alarm beneath the sheltering wings of the Almighty. Neither danger nor devil would dare to get at us there.
Psalm 91:4 — God’s truth provides the believer with double protection. It is a shield held to deflect darts of deception and armor worn to safeguard us from the lances of lethal lies.
Psalm 91:4 — Are you shielding yourself from the truth or being shielded by it, by proving yourself to be both a pupil and practitioner of God’s Word?
Psalm 91:5 — The fear of nightly “terror” or trepidations and daily “arrows” or anxieties, either real or imagined, evaporate in the face of a real faith in God.
Psalm 91:6 — Nothing can scare us if our security is found in our Savior’s sheltering arms rather than in the sterility of our environment or the clear skies of an unclouded day.
Psalm 91:7 — The children of God may have a thousand and one threats so near them as to be at their side, but yet so far away as not to touch them.
Psalm 91:8 — It is only in view of God’s judgment that we can truly appreciate the depths of His mercy.
Psalm 91:9-10 — It makes no difference if we live in a lean-to or a fortress, it is only by “making the Most High our habitation” that we can protect ourselves from life’s perils and plagues.
Psalm 91:11 — It is not a guardian angel, as most Christians fondly imagine, but all of God’s angels that are given charge over God’s children to guard them from all harm.
Psalm 91:12 — Angelic care of God's children is comprehensive in that it involves the whole of the heavenly host, as well as covers the whole of our earthly lives. Nothing, not even stumping our toe, is too small to slip through the surveillance of angelic safekeeping.
Psalm 91:13 — Those who walk in communion with God can tread upon and trample under their feet the lion and the adder; that is, they can live unintimidated by the devil’s roaring threats and undaunted by the old serpent’s hissing at their heels.
Psalm 91:14 — Those who know and love God are not promised a trouble-free life, but deliverance from life's troubles.
Psalm 91:14 — To know God, life’s supreme aspiration, is to ascend life’s utmost height.
Psalm 91:15 — Those who know and love God are not promised to have no need of prayer, but to have all their prayers answered, not necessarily with an acquiescence, but answered nonetheless.
Psalm 91:15 — Those who love and know God are not promised life without trouble, but nary a trouble without God.
Psalm 91:15 — It is better to have God with us in trouble than to be trouble-free without God.
Psalm 91:15 — To have more troubles than others is to spend more time in the company of God, which explains why the more afflicted saints are normally the best acquainted with the Almighty.
Psalm 91:16 — God’s true intimates—those with the deepest affection for Him and a deeper acquaintance with Him—are promised a satisfying end to their temporal lives in the here-and-now, as well as the subsequent realization of their complete salvation in their endless lives hereafter.
Psalm 97:10 — All who love the Lord hate evil. You can’t do one without the other.
Psalm 100:3 — As God-made products, we are God-owned property.
Psalm 106:15 — Would you prefer a soul made scrawny by answers to selfish prayers or a soul made strong by God’s refusal to answer such prayers?
Psalm 119:10 — To keep yourself from wandering from the commandments of God you need only to wholeheartedly seek communion with God.
Psalm 119:165 — Obedience to God’s Law is dependent upon our love for it. Loving it more results in our stumbling less.
Psalm 121:1a — Uplifted eyes are the remedy for a downcast spirit.
Psalm 121:1-2 — Looking down to simply glance at your problems and looking up to steadfastly gaze upon your God will minimize your fretting and maximize your faith.
Psalm 121:3-4 — Why should I slip or stumble when my God neither slumbers nor sleeps?
Psalm 121:5 — The divinity—"the Lord is thy keeper"—and proximity—"the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand"—of my soul’s Safekeeper.
Psalm 121:6 — No higher power can harm those in the hollow of the Most High’s hand.
Psalm 121:7-8 — The saved soul is kept eternally secure by the soul's sole SafeKeeper.
Psalm 137:1-4 — The songs of Zion cannot be sung in Babylon for the entertainment of Chaldeans. They are not meant to be performed for the world, but only for the praise and worship of God.
Psalm 137:5-6 — True praise is impossible, both its music muted and songs silenced, outside "Jerusalem," where the presence of God is neither man’s chief pursuit nor greatest joy.
Psalm 137:7-9 — Divine retribution awaits all who either delight in or attempt to disallow the true praise of God by driving God’s people from His presence.
Psalm 138:1 — To truly praise God you must praise Him exclusively and wholeheartedly.
Psalm 138:2 — True worship is toward the holy temple of the one and only true God, not toward the temples, mosques, or shrines of false gods.
Psalm 138:2 — We should praise the name of Jesus for His unconditional love for us and for the unquestionable truth of His Word, which is the only thing He magnifies above His name, proving it unimpeachable in a world of uncertainties.
Psalm 138:2 — God is so serious about His Word that He has magnified it above His own name, which means He’ll step down as God if He ever fails to do anything He’s said.
Psalm 138:3 — In the day of distress, God provides strength for our soul, not necessarily deliverance from all our problems, if we'll cry out to Him in prayer.
Psalm 138:4-5 — The reason world leaders fail to laud the Lord is they refuse to listen to His words; if they did, they would be glad in His ways and glory in His worthiness.
Psalm 138:6 — The Lord Most High is mindful of the lowly, but knows the proud from afar; that is, He knows all about them, but has no relationship with them.
Psalm 138:7-8 — In troubled times, God can be trusted to revive and restore us, to protect and preserve us, to perfect His plans and purposes concerning us, and to forgive and not forsake us.
Psalm 141:3 — God should be the watchman over our words, the doorkeeper of our mouth, opening when we should speak up and closing when we should shut up.
Psalm 145:3 — Prayer should be a deep dive into the fathomless depths of God’s greatness, not a narrow exercise in exacting expediency, but an expanded one in extolling the divine excellencies.
Psalm 145:3 — If God was small enough for you to understand, He would be no bigger than you are.
Psalm 145:3 — Some balk at a God bigger than their understanding, I bow before Him, believing that a god no bigger than my reason is unworthy of my reverence.
Psalm 145:18 — God is only a prayer away.
Psalm 150:1-6 — God should be praised for all He is and all He does by everyone, everywhere, and with everything.
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