Week 25   Day 6


The Psalms are songs 

They are a hymnbook for worship 

            at the temple in Jerusalem 

            or anywhere God's people

            are scattered 

They were used by the early church

            in the New Testament

            and down through the ages 

They are still being sung today.



Songs touch the heart

            and lift the soul 

They are a means of bringing us close

            to each other

            and to God. 



The whole range of human emotion

            is found in the Psalms.



Many of the Psalms are written

            in 1st person

            singular tense 

They are devotional

            and express confidence

            that God will deal faithfully

            in the present

            just as in the past.




                              A PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE
        For the righteous, life is good--not always easy

                                   but definitely good.
                                    Psalms 1, 3, 4 & 5


    1Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the

ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the

seat of the scornful.  2His delight is in the Law, and he
meditates day and night. 
3He shall be like a tree planted by
the rivers of water, t
hat brings forth its fruit, whose leaf shall
not wither; a
nd whatever he does shall prosper.

    4The ungodly are not so, but are like chaff in the wind.

5Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor
sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 
6For the Lord
knows the way of the righteous, b
ut the way of the ungodly
shall perish.


    1Lord, many increase my trouble and rise up against me.

3But you, O Lord, are a shield for me, and lift up my head.

4 I cried to the Lord and He heard me from His holy hill. 

5 I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustained me.

6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands who have set against me.

     7Arise, O Lord; save me, O my God! 

For You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone;

You have broken the teeth of the ungodly.

8Salvation belongs to the Lord; blessing is upon Your people. 


     4Be angry, and do not sin.  Meditate on your bed, and be still. 

5Offer the sacrifices of righteousness; put your trust in the Lord.

6There are many who say, "Who will show us any good?"

Lord, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us.

7You have put gladness in my heart, more than grain and wine.

8 I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;

For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.


     1Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation.

2Give heed to my cry, my King and my God, for to You I pray.

3My voice You shall hear in the morning; I will look up.

8Lead me in Your righteousness because of my enemies;

Make Your way straight before my face.

     11Let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;

Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them;

Let those also who love Your name be joyful in You.

12For You bless the righteous; with favor You surround them.
               This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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