Question: Is there a Psalm that has been particularly relevant and helpful to you A) in a difficult time in your life? B) other time in your life? Briefly explain.
My answer: A) I’m sure I would not be alone to admit that there have been times in my life when the things that were happening in me and around me caused me to doubt God and all that I believed. I have found Psalm 73 a very helpful Psalm at such times. The psalmist knows in his head that “God is good” (v1) but deep down he “envied the arrogant when [he] saw the prosperity of the wicked” (v3). It just didn’t seem fair and he struggled with his doubts until God met him in ”the sanctuary of God” (v17) and everything came back into perspective. I love his honesty! I trust to give further insight into this psalm in the future.
B) Psalm 8 has taken on particular significance recently as I have studied some books on astronomy, checked out the images from the Hubble telescope and read what both some Christian and non-Christian scientists have written. The more I have read, the more I can understand where David was coming from when he cried out, “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth…When I consider your heavens…the moon and the stars…” (vs 1,3) A great Psalm, which I have shared a little concerning in previous blog posts 7-12.
Evan wrote in an email to me: Psalm 119 has had a remarkable influence on my life. I was required to learn all the main psalms when I was a boy and the strong emphasis in Psalm 119 on the Word has left me with a great delight to read, know and follow the Word. It was worth all the hard work to learn it.
I won’t quote the whole psalm here (176 verses) but just the following:
Psalm 119:9-16 (NIV)
How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
By living according to your word.
I seek you with all my heart;
do not let me stray from your commands.
I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.
Praise be to you, Lord;
teach me your decrees.
With my lips I recount
all the laws that come from your mouth.
I rejoice in following your statutes
as one rejoices in great riches.
I meditate on your precepts
and consider your ways.
I delight in your decrees;
I will not neglect your word.