Scripture: Psalm 81/88/92-93. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
These four psalms speak about God being our deliverer even in spite of our wanderings, God understanding our deepest troubles and misery even when their is no relief in sight, how we should be thankful and faithful to God every single day, and how our God has an unchanging and almighty nature. Psalm 81 is a holiday hymn written by Asaph. Follow along in these beautiful songs – Psalm 81, Psalm 88, Psalm 92, and Psalm 93 – as we make our way through the Bible chronologically within one year!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Israel’s holidays reminded the Israelites of God’s wonderful miracles. During the holidays, it is the time to remember the spiritual origins of these special days to use them as opportunities to remember all that God has done for us. God allowed the Israelites to continue in their stubborn and selfish ways when they should have been obeying and pursuing God. You see, God sometimes let’s us move along in our stubborn ways in order to bring us to our senses. He wants us to learn the consequences of our sins. Our God is a faithful God, and He remains faithful in our relationship with Him. No matter how low or depressed we feel in life, we can take our problems to God and express our feelings to Him. God understands our deepest misery, and we can pour our hurting hearts out to Him. We also can be a prayer companion for someone else in need of prayer. Psalm 88 is a particular prayer that we can lift to God on his or her behalf. We can never express our thanks enough to God. During the month of November, we always focus on it being the “thankful” month. However, we should focus on our blessings and express our gratitude to God each and every day of our lives. When we give thanks every day, it will certainly change our attitudes toward life. Our God will never do anything that is not morally perfect. This reassures us that we can certainly trust Him with every aspect of our lives.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of Psalms, and the lessons that come from each beautiful song. Please help us to put our relationship with You above any and all earthly riches, for we know that You are the only one who can completely satisfy us. Help us to remain faithful to You through all of our trials and struggles in this life, and please keep our hearts clean. Help us to always obey You, trust You, and follow the path that You have paved for our lives. Help us to draw near to You in our times of trouble and on a daily basis. Help us to commit our ways to You and to trust You for the outcome. Father, please give us a fresh touch of Your love. Please pour out Your love on us, our friends and families, our churches, and on our spiritual paths with You. We give our enemies up to You, and we ask for Your protection. Help us never to doubt or resent You when an answer to prayer is not on our timing. Please help us to fulfill the responsibilities that You have for us. We know that You know what is best for us, and we trust You. We thank You for every single thing that You are doing in our lives. Help us to lift our hurts, pains, fears, and worries up to You, Father, for we know You are listening and are there to comfort us. Please forgive us for the many sins that we commit, and help us to forgive others. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.