Scripture: Psalm 3-4/12-13/28/55. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Today’s psalms express how we should confidently trust God for protection and peace in our lives. David wrote these psalms when he was fleeing from Absalom, his son. These songs speak of rejoicing in God’s protection and peace because He will listen when we call out to Him, the lying words of people compared to the true words of our Heavenly Father, praying for relief from despair and trusting God even though He may not answer us immediately, and how God is our only real source of safety. David is expressing his deep dismay over the betrayal of trust of a close friend in Psalm 55. Follow along in these beautiful songs, Psalm 3-4/12-13/28/55!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
David wrote these psalms in order to express his confidence in God to hear him when he prayed and called out to Him. God does respond to us when we urgently pray to Him. It is hard to sleep in times of a crisis, but David called out to God, and he was able to rest peacefully. It is easier to find rest when we have full assurance that God is in control of all of our circumstances in life. If you find yourself worrying and unable to get proper rest, pour out your heart to God and thank Him that He is in control of every situation in our lives. We must try to look at our problems in the light of God’s power instead of looking at God in the shadow of our struggles. He is an Almighty God. Our tongues can be one of our greatest enemies, and we must be careful of what we say. Even though we may say something rather small, it can do great damage and hurt others. David often felt that God was slow to answer his requests and act on his behalf. Sometimes we grow impatient with God’s timing, as well. We can express our feelings and speak to God, finding strength. Then it will help us gain the right perspective as we wait for God to answer us, and it will give us peace in the meantime. When we feel that we have been betrayed or rejected, we must keep in mind the hope and the victory that God has already promised us. We must cast all of our cares upon God (1 Peter 5:7; Psalm 55:22). Our prayers are heard by God, and the prayers of God’s people are very effective against the evil in this fallen world.
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. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. 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.