First off I want to apologize for taking so long to complete this 6 part series. I got super busy with some of my freelance writing projects that I just didn’t have enough time to get back over here to finish. But I guess it’s better late that than never! So, here’s the final part to this six part series, which I hope you have enjoyed.
In this psalm, David is talking about visiting Jerusalem and rejoicing about doing so. In this part of the psalm we learn that we should have that same attitude when it comes to us going to church. When we enter into our place of worship we need to enter with a feeling that we will be blessed and we will be. It’s really up to us if we want to be blessed while visiting the house of the Lord. If we faithfully attend church where the Word of God lives, is preached and believed that it is living and exists then we are going to receive the blessings we ask for from God. And if we have truly prepared our hearts for church then the ministry of His Word, the singing of praises to God and the fellowship of His people are going to bring us spiritual health, something our souls are in need of always.
“Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy.” (Psalm 126:2)
A happy heart filled with joy is vital to our happiness in both the world around us and in our spiritual lives. Psalm 126 expresses how important it is to be filled with laughter and joy. There is nothing wrong with laughing, it’s good for us physically, mentally and spiritually. After all God wants us to be happy and He wants us to enjoy the life we have while on this earth. What better way to do that than through songs of joy and laughter in our hearts? Just knowing that God forgives our sins should be enough to fill us with the joy of life that God intends for each of us to have. Knowing that Christ is our salvation should be enough to cry out in joyous song knowing that by knowing Christ we will always have a joy that many others may never know.
“With the Lord is unfailing love and with Him is full redemption.” (Psalm 130:7)
Psalm 130 tries to teach us to remember how much God loves us and how our redemption depends on His mercy. What we also need to understand that mercy is not just given from God. We too must learn how to show mercy to others. We all need mercy from others and it’s important that we learn to overlook others failures just the same way that God overlooks our failures in life. If we learn to show mercy to other people it will make us learn just how much we owe to God. It will teach us that we need to thank Him every single day for His mercy and for His forgiveness that is given to us over and over again.
“With Your right hand You save me.” (Psalm 138:7)
In this psalm we see that David finds comfort in the safest pair of hands there are, God’s hands. He wrote of God’s protection in Psalm 138 and it should show us that we too can look to God for safety through his loving hands and to protect us from spiritual danger and defeat.
It is also through Christ that we can go to for comfort, support and for protection. He is always standing there right behind us ready to catch us when we fall. All we have to do is turn around and ask for His help and He will make sure to catch us if we stumble. However, even though we do have the protection of God, that doesn’t mean that we won’t stumble ever again, we are human and it happens. But rest assured that even when we do, we never stumble bad enough that God can’t help pick us up again.
“If I go up to the heavens, You are there.” (Psalm 139:8)
This is to remind us that God is everywhere we go. Buzz Aldrin reminded the whole world about this truth when Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Buzz Aldrin wanted the entire world to realize that God was everywhere as he took blessed wine and communion host provided to him by his church and said for the whole world to hear “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit.” He then silently gave thanks and partook of the bread (body of Christ) and the cup (blood of Christ). Thousands of miles away from earth he took time out to commune with the One who created all of it.
This message is telling us that we can’t hide from God. No matter where we go, even on the moon or to a remote spot on earth, God is there and not only is He there but He desires a personal relationship with each and every one of us.
“They speak of the glorious splendor of Your majesty and I will meditate on your wonderful works.” (Psalm 145:5)
This psalm tries to remind us that everywhere we look, no matter where it is, we are surrounded by the wonderful works of our heavenly Father. This is a lesson that is important because often we easily grow far to accustomed to our surroundings and become dulled to the things that we are familiar with, even places and experiences that use to bring us great joy. Even though God’s glory is displayed all around us, we often allow the busyness of our lives to block our view. We too often take for granted all of His amazing work that lies right in front of our eyes and sometimes even lose the wonder of the cross. We too often find ourselves neglecting the pleasure of His presence and we miss out on the beauty of His creation.
We need to stop, slow down and don’t let society around us dictate to us what we see and what we don’t see. Take a few moments out of your day and just quietly examine the world around you, even if it’s in your own backyard, you’ll be amazed at what splendors God has provided for you to enjoy and cherish.
“Let them praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted.” (Psalm 148:13)
This psalm is asking that all creation needs to praise the Lord, this means even the wild animals of the world, need to cry out in joy for the Lord. If this is the case then it surely must be true that we need to praise the Lord for all that He has done and continues to do for us. Everything and everyone are invited to join in to sing praises to the Lord. We are not exempt and we should not feel that we are. What we need to do is to stop and join in with the rest of creation and celebrate the greatness of our Lord!
Sing Hallelujah to the Lord!
“Praise the Lord…” (Psalm 150:1)
Psalm 150 starts right off telling us to praise the Lord. Not only is this a beautiful psalm about praise you will discover that it tells us where to praise, why we should praise, how we should praise and who should offer the praise. Lots of things to learn here.
Where do we praise? – In God’s “sanctuary” and “mighty heavens”. Actually wherever we are in the world is the proper place to praise the One that created everything!
Why do we praise? – First off, because of what God does. He performs “acts of power”. Second is because of who God is.
How should we praise? – Loudly, softly, soothingly, enthusiastically, rhythmically, boldly, unexpectedly, fearlessly. Basically we can praise God in many, many different ways and on many different occasions.
Who should praise? – Everything that breaths. Young and old. Rich and poor. Weak and strong. Every living creature should praise God. It is God’s will that everyone to whom He has given the breath of life to use that breath to acknowledge His power and His greatness.
Praise is our enthusiastic expression of our gratitude to God for who He is and for what He does!
So, never be afraid to sing praises to God whenever, wherever and however you feel like doing it!
I hope that you enjoyed this six part series and that maybe even learned a little from it as well.