Today we concluded our study of the Book of Psalms with a focus on Psalm 42 and 43. As was the case with the psalmist, there will be times in a believer’s walk during which bouts of spiritual depression will set in. Since we are called to live by faith and not by sight, we trust and believe in our Heavenly Father’s promise to never leave us nor forsake us.
Studying the Book of Psalms over the past 13 weeks has been an enriching experience for me. I’ve occasionally looked at some of the best known psalms (1, 23, 51, 91, 100, and 139) and even memorized some of their verses. But not until this study, did I fully appreciate the incredible value of what God has given us in this collection of songs to Him. They cover the full range of the human condition – fear, anxiety, impatience, anger, exhaustion, loneliness, despair, trust, restoration, peace, joy, wonder, and awe.
At their core, the psalms are expressions of love, love for a loving God. In Psalm 8:4, the psalmist asks the ultimate question – “What is man that You are mindful of him”. Although we are so insignificant compared to the Uncreated Creator of all things, we have to marvel at how God desires for us to know Him as our Abba Father. These words from one of George Beverly Shea’s hymns so well express this incredible truth: “There’s the wonder of sunset at evening, The wonder of sunrise I see; But the wonder of wonders that thrills my soul, Is the wonder that God loves me”.
Please note that next Sunday, Sept. 3, we will begin our study of the Book of Exodus with a focus on Exodus 1-4. Exodus 1-4 sets the stage for the Lord’s monumental liberation of His chosen people from Egyptian slavery under the reluctant leadership of Moses and Aaron.