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– Psalms –
The Book of Psalms consists of 150 psalms, each of which constitutes a religious song, though one or two are atypically long and may constitute a set of related chants. When the Bible was divided into chapters, each Psalm was assigned its own chapter. Psalms are sometimes referenced as chapters, despite chapter assignments postdating the initial composition of the “canonical” Psalms by at least 1,500 years. Though most of the Psalms are believed to have been intended for singing (some even include instrumentation and the names of tunes to sing to), none include any form of musical notation, so it is impossible to determine the tunes to which the Psalms were to be sung. (The Hebrews were not known to have or use any sort of musical notation.) Jewish tradition believes that the Psalms are the work of David (seventy-three Psalms are with David’s name), based on the writings of ten ancient psalmists (including Adam and Moses).Our study for the summer is going to fill our spiritual appetites just as last times’ lesson fulfilled our need to fight a major temptation for today; cynicism. We’ll be looking again into the wonderful . . . . book of Psalms. And of course Psalms is a great place to turn to when one needs prayer, guidance and wisdom.
Join us each week now, as we study Psalms, verse by verse! “PJ”
Twice a day . . . Stop and Pray!
Are You Focusing on God . . . . or Obstacles?
The Lord gave the Israelites a commission to go and possess the land of Canaan. The people needed a separate place to thrive as a God-centered nation. And He chose an exceptionally good country for their development.
So at God’s direction, Moses sent 12 men to survey and spy out the land. What a surprise when 10 returned with discouraging, terrifying stories. All these spies could see were the obstacles to taking ownership of the land.
However, Caleb was certain that they’d “surely overcome” (Num. 13:30), because he was focused on God’s promises rather than obvious difficulties. He based his confidence on God’s words to Abraham: “To your descendants I will give this land” (Gen. 12:7).
The people didn’t share Caleb’s faith—tales of giants and fortified cities scared them. Ordinarily, those would’ve been obstacles worth fearing. But the Israelites served an omnipotent God who had proven He could overcome anything: He’d parted the Red Sea to facilitate their escape from Pharaoh, and He fed them in the desert.
Focusing on obstacles distorts our vision. Problems loom so large that we can’t see to take the next step in faith. In reality, if God has called us to do something, the only hindrance is between our temples! He’s already planned a way around, over, or through any barriers that might lie on the path to fulfilling His purpose for our lives. And when we, like the Israelites, succumb to fear and refuse to move forward, we miss out on the great reward that results from doing God’s will.
HAVE A GREAT DAY,