Read the Bible in 2011 ◊ Week 12: Wednesday
“I will bless the LORD at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul will make its boast in the LORD;
The humble will hear it and rejoice.
O magnify the LORD with me,
And let us exalt His name together.
I sought the LORD, and He answered me,
And delivered me from all my fears. ”
Wednesday’s Bible reading is Psalms 33–35. Have you noticed as you read the psalms how many of them are cries to God for help in affliction and praise to God for deliverance? Have you ever thought about that?
God’s Word is so very real—the Bible gives us life as it is. We are beset with many problems and afflictions and we do know fear and anxiety. God in His kindness and love has given us in the book of Psalms wonderful poetry that expresses our deepest longings and hopes, and as we read we find we are not the first to know betrayal or attack or loneliness or fear. We also find in the psalms words of joy and praise to give words to our own feelings of relief and gratitude.
We shouldn’t be surprised to find so many pleas and praise. It’s what we need when people and circumstances come crashing in and threaten to demolish us. The psalmists didn’t live wrapped in protected cotton wool and neither do we. As the psalmists walk by faith and cry out to God from their hearts, God in His grace uses their words to help us do the same. As the psalmists rejoice in God’s mercy and deliverance, God in His grace uses their words to teach us to hope in Him and wait on Him, and when our deliverance comes, to rejoice in Him.
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Original content: Copyright ©2011 Iwana Carpenter