Psalm 3 and Psalm 8

The Psalms consist of 150 chapters and so I’m going to share two or three at a time. These will be out of order but hopefully I will cover all one hundred and fifty of them here. Please share some of your favorites with me and also the ones you want me to write about here. I will try to get to them as soon as possible.

Did you notice the feature image? When I think of the Psalms, I think of songs and singing and song-books(Psalter) and music and dancing and joy and brokenness too. Of sorrow and weeping and begging and pleading. I think of anger as well as justice. I think of all the emotions a human being has and I see them in the Psalms. This was the closest picture that I found that encapsulates that. What do the Psalms remind you of?

Psalm 3[a]

A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom.

Lord, how many are my foes!
    How many rise up against me!
Many are saying of me,
    ‘God will not deliver him.’[b]

But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
    my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
I call out to the Lord,
    and he answers me from his holy mountain.

I lie down and sleep;
    I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
I will not fear though tens of thousands
    assail me on every side.

Arise, Lord!
    Deliver me, my God!
Strike all my enemies on the jaw;
    break the teeth of the wicked.

From the Lord comes deliverance.
    May your blessing be on your people.

 

This psalm starts with the author being rejected, betrayed and alone. Then he turns his focus on God and is strengthened in Him. He calls out to/prays to God and is answered. He is now at peace, enough to sleep and rest and when he wakes he is no longer afraid. There’s a clarion call to God to deliver him, yes, but also to destroy his enemies. In the end he is safe and secure in the knowledge that God will deliver and bless His people.

Psalm 8[a]

For the director of music. According to gittith.[b] A psalm of David.

Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory
    in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants
    you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
    to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,
    the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
    which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?[c]

You have made them[d] a little lower than the angels[e]
    and crowned them[f] with glory and honour.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
    you put everything under their[g] feet:
all flocks and herds,
    and the animals of the wild,
the birds in the sky,
    and the fish in the sea,
    all that swim the paths of the seas.

Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

 

This is a hymn of praise, of adoration and yes, you know I’m going to say it, of worship. The author is simply blown away by God’s majesty, splendor, goodness and generosity. This almost seems like a spontaneous out-pouring of his heart to His Maker. He then is filled with gratitude for the blessings he has been given. My fellow blogger, Carol Sparks, un-packs this chapter on her blog, Not about Me, it was a fun and thought-provoking read for me and I’m sure you will be blessed by it too.

 

So don’t forget to tell me of your favorite psalms and also of the ones you want featured here on vanessa-samuel.org

Until next time,

Vanessa.