A Devotional Journey
led by Dr Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year
Psalm 62 represents the epitome of simple faith in God. The setting seems to be a dangerous assault on the throne by enemies of the king in an effort to topple him. His own strength is failing like that of an old tottering fence; yet he still has faith in God's strength and reliability.
Psalm 63 presents the prayer of one who faces the reality of danger still confident in his hope of God=s intervention on his behalf. As in so many psalms, the opening longing for God's help is balanced by the concluding assertion of God=s faithfulness.
Psalm 64 presents the slander of his enemies as their chief weapon against David. The imagery is impressive: they sharpen their tongues like swords. There can be no doubt of the outcome when God is involved; nonetheless, David=s anguish (and ours in such situations) is still real.
Psalm 65 expresses praise at God's goodness to His people, which includes forgiveness, and the oversight of all creation.
Psalm 66 praises God for His answers to prayer. In spite of whatever ordeal is depicted, the writer declares: You brought us to a place of abundance. Then he invites everyone to listen to his witness.
Psalm 67 was perhaps used as the closing song of the worship service. The first two verses present the prayer; the last two affirm the answer.
Psalm 68 was related in the early church to the resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. It is a historical psalm, depicting the transition from God's leadership at Mount Sinai through Moses to His Lordship on Mount Zion through David.
What would cause you to distrust God? Is it not the case that distrust in His direction reflects either doubt about His existence or an assertion that as human beings we are in a position to evaluate and decide whether God deserves our trust?
It is a strange world in which those created feel free to examine and measure the skills and motives of the One who created them. If God, by definition, is trustworthy, what do we do when we go through situations we cannot understand? Or is trust being able to say, "It doesn't matter what I understand: God understands; God is in control; and God will see me through in all the right ways."
Perhaps you should develop a statement like that and repeat it often!
© A. Eugene Pearson 2010