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Week seven

The book of psalms

The book of Psalms has contributions from several others, including David, the most well-known psalmist. It is a record of petitions to God accented with praises of thanksgiving and triumphThese prayers  illustrate describe sorrow and  pain, as well as praises of gratitude and adoration to the King. As you read this week’s scriptures, allow the words to minister to you. Let’s take a deeper look at the Book of Psalms!

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April Carter

What was the author’s cry to God? That God would hear him his groans, pains, worries, and stresses that he would look upon the situation he was in and give him relief.

Why was he in this situation?
The situations of life that God puts you in and also fighting the flesh and holding the tongue which can get you into trouble and situations that silence would have saved you from.

Knowing that life is short, How does this relate to you and what can you do to make the most out of it? Just take each day one at a time which is so hard because you look forward to the future to tomorrow, the next hour, the next minute but really being present in every moment is something I’m learning to do. Also enjoy the days having fun, living life because I believe it’s made for kingdom work and enjoyment both and.

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Detra German

Monday – A Prayer for Self-Understanding. Read Psalm 39
Question: What was the author’s cry to God? Why was he in this situation? Knowing that life is short, How does this relate to you and what can you do to make the most out of it?

Response: David was crying out for forgiveness. He was asking God to please hear his prayer and acknowledge his tears. He was practically begging God to let him have a little fun before he departs this life. I believe the best way to get the most out of my life and make it count for eternity is to put all my trust in the Lord and live each day as if it were my last day to use the gifts God has placed within me. Of course, this is easier said than done. It takes submitting to God and asking Him to help me learn lessons He’s trying to teach me while going through trying times.

KaMyka Glenn

Devotionals
Day 1 –  What was the author’s cry to God? Why was he in this situation? Knowing that life is short, How does this relate to you and what can you do to make the most out of it?

  • To watch his words and actions as well as to put his hope in God.
  • He was person who acted and spoke on his own merit and not seeking God.
  • Seek God in all I do. Mind my words and actions, always think before I do or say anything, and be guided by the Holy Spirit.

Day 2 – What events had preceded David’s prayer for cleansing? What does he acknowledge in this prayer? Can you see yourself in this passage? If so how?

  • He had committed adultery with Bathsheba and Prophet Nathan had come to him afterwards.
  • Rebelliousness, his sins that he committed, and that he had sinned against God.
  • Absolutely, I can see myself in this passage because we sin daily no matter how big or little the sin might appear to us. Therefore, we should constantly seek his face, ask for repentance, ask to be washed clean, and have a clean heart.

Day 3 –  What does your prayer to God sound like? Can you relate to David in this passage? What are the ways in which you are drawn away?

  • My prayers are for others, their needs, and God’s will be done in their lives. It is hard for me to pray for myself but when I do speak with God I ask for guidance, forgiveness of all sins seen/ unseen, heard/ unheard, and known/ unknown, for him to show me how he sees me, and that he continues to use me for his glory.
  • I definitely can relate to David in this passage because I can praise and thank God through the good and the bad. I can see past what’s in front of me and see the best in others or see the good in every situation. I pray and ask God to show mercy on those who go against him and/ or do bad things and ask that he work through them and reveal what they need to see, hear, and learn so they can be taught the ways of Jesus. If it aligns with his will and they need to be removed from the environment or situation then so be it and help them learn from that as well.
  • Sometimes situation or people has made me withdrawn as well as internal battles.

Day 4 – What do you think the author was saying and how does his use of metaphor help us to understand God’s character? How is this prayer different from the others? How has God showed his faithfulness in protection and security in your life?

  • (metaphors) live in the shelter, rest in the shadow, shelter you with his wings, promises are your armor and protection.
  • That HE is all we need. God is our protector, covering, he will provide a way of escape, he is loving, a promise keeper, and way maker.
  • It tells us that if we do one thing (abide in him) then there are many warranties (blessings, protection, etc) that come with it.
  • It tells us that if we abide in Jesus that he will cover you, protect you, no harm will come against you, that in him we are stronger, and that when he calls HE will answer.
  • He has kept me over and over again. Even when I wanted to give up he said, NO! When others tried to come against me, God blocked it!

Day 5 – What does “Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord” mean to you? What does the text tell us about worship? Is this similar or different to the worship we participate in today? What is your preferred method of worship/praise?

  • It means that as long as I have breath in my body I am to always give him praise. Regardless of my situation, good/ bad/ or ugly, whether I feel like it or not, whether I feel worthy or not. I AM TO PRAISE HIM FOR HE IS FOREVER WORTHY OF MY PRAISE!
  • Worship comes in all forms and regardless of location.
  • It is similar to the worship we participate in today however, people have put limits or restrictions on how we worship or why we worship or who we worship. For most, the focus of worship has gone away from God and has been replaced with conditions and “little gods.”
  • My preferred method of worship is through song/ musical well as time with Jesus where there was no music, no sermon, no nothing and I’ve gone in—- nobody but me and God. However, that is changing as I am finding worship in that quiet space as well.
Shennell Estrich

Monday – A Prayer for Self-Understanding. Read Psalm 39
Question: What was the author’s cry to God? Why was he in this situation? Knowing that life is short, How does this relate to you and what can you do to make the most out of it?

It appears that David is crying to God for forgiveness. David was in this situation because of his own iniquities and God was correcting him. David acknowledges God’s correction and ask for forgiveness believing his time is coming to an end and wanting to be restored before it does. With this correction…rebuke God reminds David of how frail time on earth really is and how frail he is for it makes David reflect here. This relates to me for I feel I’m in a stage of growth where God is calling me not to be silent even though that is a place of comfort for me that I always run to instead of him. Which as I grow in the Word and life I see how it’s turning my timidity into a sense of pride unknowingly. Yet to make the most of my life I need to start using my voice, take quicker action when I hear from God, and not waste the time I have left to glorify him with my life for it is just a vapor yet real at the same time. Reflection and listening is key here for me.

Tuesday – A Prayer for Cleansing. Read Psalm 51
Question: What events had preceded David’s prayer for cleansing? What does he acknowledge in this prayer? Can you see yourself in this passage? If so how?

Without other context it is clear that David has sinned and is acknowledging that sin asking God for forgiveness and cleansing. Knowing of David’s story and with verse 7 “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean…” as well as verse 14 “Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God…” you know or can piece together the sin he has committed is murder or some form of bloodshed that he is asking forgiveness for in this Psalm. Knowing his story you know he has also committed adulatory at this point with Bathshesba yet only speaks about the murder of her husband Uriah in this prayer directly; even though he is asking for forgiveness from his transgressions and sins and iniquities which are all in plural form yet individual in prayer.

I can relate to David’s brokenness and desire for forgiveness and his acknowledgement that he has sinned against God and done this evil in his sight. I haven’t committed a murder as he speaks directly about here yet I have lived in my flesh. And during that time condoned my sin. Yet when my eyes were opened by the word to know how one is to truly govern themselves it awakened a desire for forgiveness that I’m thankful to walk in now. As well as awareness that what you do is in ‘God’s sight’. For me it’s one thing for people to know or see yet something different for God to see and know and I feel when David was approached about his sin acknowledging others knew his sin brought the reality God did too and that’s what broke him to this state of forgiveness.

Wednesday – A Prayer for God’s Help. Read Psalm 28
Question: David pleads for salvation from the wicked. What does your prayer to God sound like? Can you relate to David in this passage? What are the ways in which you are drawn away?

My prayers are not as eloquent as this, but they are mine! I open my prayers with Thanksgiving being thanks for a new day, a new chance at this gift of life, to get it right. Thankful for the many blessings I have received and the many blessings to come. Then I transition to whatever is pressing my heart and praying for my family and friends and those that are simply connected to me and anyone or anything that comes across my mind in that moment.

I’m enjoying this deeper dive into David’s prayers. His vulnerability with God speaks volumes to me. Being raised where my father was more authoritative parent that instilled fear in you that keeps you from having that kidlike vulnerability with your parent or at least challenges it. And even though I know my dad is doing the best with what he knows. The reality is my earthly father gave me an impression of what a relationship is like with my Heavenly Father. And until I started seeking God more I thought the skewed picture I had was it of what my Heavenly Father is; yet as I’ve grown a deeper relationship with him, God is unpacking who he is as my Heavenly Father. And here, in David’s prayer he breaks another layer and shows me it’s okay to go deeper and be fully vulnerable with my dad. In this season of life he has been doing that a lot…

Thursday – A Prayer for Protection and Security. Read Psalm 91
Question: Dive deeper into this text. Last week we learned about metaphors and the author uses a number of them in this passage. Chart the metaphors in this text (using the mapping technique). What do you think the author was saying and how does his use of metaphor help us to understand God’s character? How is this prayer different from the others? How has God showed his faithfulness in protection and security in your life?

This prayer is different in the reality it’s not one asking for forgiveness. This prayer seems to have a weight of hope, a weight of security, weight of comfort, and a weight of protection as long as you stay close to God.  Most of it written metaphorically yet for the last three verses appear to be written directly from God.

Verses 1,4,9 use metaphoric expression to illustrate how I must stay close to God in order to have God’s protection. For one must be close to be in ones shadow, one must be close to be covered by a wing as birds cover their children, and one must be close to find safety in there shelter or habitation. It’s like the author is saying stay close and I shall protect you.

Verses 3,5,6,10 use metaphoric expression to illustrate how one should be protected from different types of destruction. The seen and unseen in the day or night.

God has shown his faithfulness in protection and security in my life simply by me still being here. The world will make simple things seem just that…simple. Yet as I type this I don’t think I even have fully grasped the magnitude of the reality that I am still here…

Detra German

Friday – A Prayer of Praise.Read Psalm 150

Question: What does “Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord” mean to you? What does the text tell us about worship? Is this similar or different to the worship we participate in today? What is your preferred method of worship/praise?
 
Response: To me, it means every living thing should praise God through a number of expressions: singing, clapping, dancing, lying prostrate, testimony, prayer, giving, etc. It’s so awesome that the only qualification for praising God is that you are breathing! Also, it should be viewed as a responsibility versus a choice. Praise is an obedience matter. God commands us to praise Him.   
My preferred method of worship is singing hymns.  One of my favorites is Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior.  

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