Do you love reading the Psalms? Here are some thoughts on how to get the most out of Psalms as you draw closer to Jesus Christ.
Many women would say that Psalms is a favorite read during their quiet time.
Although reading Psalms during my quiet time is a favorite ‘go-to’, I’d have to admit that I often have not put in the effort to get the most out of this treasured book.
There have been hard times during my life when I soaked up all the encouragement I could glean from Psalms. I really didn’t go that deep as I didn’t know how or realize the storehouse hidden between the lines.
Get the Most Out of Your Relationship with God
What do you get out of Psalms when you open the book to read?
Psalms is a book that gives:
- Prayer to God!
I have lots of wonderful books sitting on shelves in my house. Although these are wonderful books, the Bible is no comparison. It is not just a book but is a relationship in words between God and men, women, boys and girls.
It is a living book of actions between our amazing Creator and humanity. It is a book that demonstrates how to live out our life as a Believer by showing us how to interact with God.
It is God speaking to us while illustrating how we can respond to our Father-God.
Within the pages of Psalms, we are shown the expression of the full range of the human heart. It isn’t always pretty as it illustrates how we can come to God as a friend who will bear the raw emotions in our hearts.
Psalms is an Emotional Book
The book of Psalms is like a hymn book originally compiled by various authors so the Israelites would have songs for their personal and communal worship.
Often the Psalms were expressed in their raw unfiltered emotional expressions of the full range of the human heart.
The psalmists expressed:
- Expressed the highest joy!
- Expressed the deepest sorrow!
- The authors pleaded with God!
- Shouted at God!
- Begged God for forgiveness!
Psalms is a Treasury for You!
I find the book of Psalms to be the most precious treasure that teaches us so much about how to delight and marvel in God.
In this treasury we are taught:
- About the attributes of God!
- The history of God!
- Pharaoh being swept into the Red Sea!
- That God is my Shepherd!
- Humanity’s great potential!
- Darkness of human depravity!
No matter how a Psalm begins, it ends by giving us profound hope and confidence in God.
In our society, we are continually taught to put our trust in ourselves when our confidence should come from God.
Verses from Psalms to Comfort and Encourage
A few years ago, I went through the most discouraging time of my life and I found Psalms to be the place where I ‘camped out’ as I learned to have a thankful heart.
I felt the presence of the Lord closer than ever before as I went through such a deep valley.
That is why I have included these verses from Psalms to get you started in finding comforting verses to add to these.
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. Psalm 9:1
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. Psalm 27:4
I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! Psalm 27:13-14
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! Psalm 34:8
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
My soul melts away for sorrow; strengthen me according to your word! Psalm 119:28
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! Psalm 107:19-21
Two Psalms Filled with Encouragement
You will find these MOST encouraging. All you have to do is hover over the Psalm and it will bring up the Psalm for you to read.
You might find these 20 Bible verses on comfort will help you cope with whatever you are facing.
You could copy these verses from Psalms into a notebook where you could easily refer to them over and over.
How has the book of Psalms been comforting to you in the past or present? How may I pray for you?
Psalm 40 – Bible Study Book: Crying Out to the God Who Delights to Rescue Us
This book will help you go deeper into Psalms as you seek God’s comfort!! The description is below.
Does God really see me? Does He really care?
When life hits hard and you aren’t sure what to do, it can be confusing, lonely, and seemingly hopeless.
Psalm 40 is the good news that God hears our cries and delights to rescue us. In this 8-session study, examine Psalm 40, ask honest questions of yourself and the Bible, and learn how to stay faithful to God amidst painful and hard times. Trace the thread of joy and purpose that comes from delighting in the Lord and the healing that only He can bring to His children.