Read 109.) Psalms 5, 6, 7, 10 & 11. Beginning with this reading, and for the next 21 day’s worth, we will be reading the Psalms. We’ve read 16 of the 150 Psalms already, as they had title clues that told us of the event around which they were inspired to be written. These begin with reading #91. Of the 130+ Psalms left, I have arranged them by broad topic. For the first 7 readings, beginning here, we read of those Psalms grouped around trouble. These are The 35 Psalms of the Troubled Soul. These can be of tremendous emotional and spiritual support when we encounter trying times, as we all do. It can also help to personalize each one, placing first-person personal pronouns, ‘I, me, my, and mine‘ in place of second or third-person personal pronouns, to make a Psalm your own. Nearly all of these were given to David, who reigned 40 years from about 1010 to 970 BC, and are therefore some 3,000 years old, but still perfectly current to us today. Mark, highlight, bracket or underline those verses that are a blessing to your own soul. I do, and will note some as we move through these.
Psalm 5: Just 12 verses, but rich. The first 3 verses tell us David is in trouble! With that, we learn of prayer with verse 3. We see the communion between right living with verses 4 thru 6 and 8, and active worship in verse 7. Let us not do one, without the other! Live right and worship! It closes with joy and gladness for those who do both with verses 11 and 12. Psalm 6: Only 10 verses, but loaded. The first 4 verses are a prayer from David’s anguished soul. Feel how deep his sorrow in verses 6 and 7! Sense his immense relief with verses 8 thru 10; all because the Lord heard and answered his prayer. Then, Psalm 7: Having 17 verses. It opens with David’s cry in verses 1 and 2, but ends in verse 17 with praise and thanksgiving! As before, he contrasts his right living against other’s wickedness in verses 8 and 9; and calls to God to judge righteously, saving the good, and bringing justice to the evil with verses 6, and 11 thru 16.
There are 18 verses in Psalm 10. From verse 1, the psalmist expresses his great dismay. He sees wicked and evil men kill and rob, and asks where is God?!?!? Verses 2 thru 11 describe these wicked ones. They are arrogant, boastful, greedy, proud and haughty. These curse, lie and utter threats. Then, with verses 12 thru 15, the writer calls upon God to exact vengeance and justice upon these evildoers; and then, he closes with the pronouncement that the Lord is King, and will make right all these wrongs, and put an end to their wickedness once and for all. We close with Psalm 11. It is a brief 7 verses, but, O, is it sweet! David speaks of taking refuge in the Lord, rather than fleeing to some mountain hideaway, when wicked men are seeking his life. He dwells upon the magnificence of his God from verse 4 to the end, and how that the Lord is the Righteous Judge, and that He will exact justice for His own. The wicked will be severely punished, but those in whom He delights… will ultimately “see His face!” It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell