Psalm 3 (NRSV)-
A Psalm of David, when he fled from his son Absalom.
1 O Lord, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me; 2 many are saying to me, “There is no help for you in God.” Selah
3 But you, O Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts up my head. 4 I cry aloud to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy hill. Selah
5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again, for the Lord sustains me. 6 I am not afraid of ten thousands of people
who have set themselves against me all around.
7 Rise up, O Lord! Deliver me, O my God! For you strike all my enemies on the cheek; you break the teeth of the wicked.
8 Deliverance belongs to the Lord; may your blessing be on your people! Selah
Over the last several weeks, these thoughts have been focused on David’s emotions, character, friendships, mercy, and worship. So, since he was the author of many of Ancient Israel’s songbook, over the next month these thoughts will be focused on selected Psalms.
Many of the Psalms are set to music. And, music has always been a powerful way to capture human experience and emotion.
When we listen to the radio for any length of time, we will hear songs about love, heartbreak, overcoming, and quitting. And, we will hear songs that make us want to dance, cry, take us back, and push us forward.
Similar to the songs that we hear on the radio and our Apps, the Psalms deal with the same range of experiences. As such, this collection of 150 songs and prayers were written to describe our humanity and its interaction with God in times of doubt, fear, joy, and worship.
Today, as we feel joy, fear, doubt, adversity and other emotions, let’s look at how the Psalms address these feelings by experiencing genuine communication and interaction with God.
Father God, as we undertake to study the Psalms, please teach us to identify the emotions that we are experiencing. And, as we experience thee emotions, please guide us to turn to the Psalms and your word. In doing so, please help us to genuinely communicate and interact with you. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen!