#168 Psalms 40-44


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Day 168 of the podcast, reading Psalms 40-44 NET, read along at:

This is day 168 of our journey.

While our modern Bibles arrange the Psalms into a single book, it was not originally arranged in such a way. Today, we will read the last 2 Psalms of what was considered Book 1, and the first 3 Psalms of Book 2.

Psalm 40 is a song of thanksgiving for God's past faithfulness and deliverance of his people combined with a petition for continued intervention in the present age.

In Psalm 41, David anticipates the joy he will experience when the Lord intervenes on his behalf. He prays for healing, and is confident that the Lord has heard and will respond. He closes the psalm and the book with a declaration of the worthiness of the Lord God of Israel to receive praise.

Psalms 42-43 are meant to be read as a single psalm with three stanzas. The psalmist recalls how he once worshiped in the Lord's temple, but laments that he is now oppressed by enemies and being carried away from his beloved Jerusalem into exile. In Psalm 43, he finds his answer. He has gained perspective by going to God in prayer and looking to the future. God's power is greater than his circumstances.

Psalm 44 starts with a song of praise for the mighty works that God has done in the past in delivering his people. The psalmist goes on to lament that the nation has suffered a recent defeat even though they are still faithfully serving the Lord. They trusted in God, and wonder, as a nation, why He has rejected them and allowed their defeat. The people cry out for God to wake up and deliver compassion to his suffering people.

Join me in Psalms 40-44 to look beyond your current suffering to your future deliverance!

Key verses:

Psalms 40:8
I want to do what pleases you, my God.Your law dominates my thoughts.”

Psalms 41:13
The Lord God of Israel deserves praise in the future and forevermore! We agree! We agree!

Psalms 42:8
By day the Lord decrees his loyal love, and by night he gives me a song, a prayer to the God of my life.

Psalms 43:5
Why are you depressed, O my soul? Why are you upset? Wait for God!For I will again give thanks to my God for his saving intervention.

Psalms 44:23
Rouse yourself! Why do you sleep, O Lord?Wake up! Do not reject us forever!

All Scriptures are from the NET.

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