Themes From The Psalms

The Psalms teach us God's strength and readiness to protect us.

God is mighty in His protection of His children. The Psalms teach us God's strength and readiness to protect us. When we feel powerless, the almighty power of God is reassuring. There is nothing in heaven or on the earth that God does not have power over. He controls nature and has power over any enemy. He protects us and saves us. He is our source of strength and we owe Him our praise and thanks.

Perhaps no other book of the Bible records God's power and strength like the Psalms. Using beautiful, poetic images, the psalmists document the might of God. The winds and seas, mountains and plains are at His command. Many religions have formed to worship nature, yet God is the Creator of nature. All of nature is within His control. "The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea." (Psalms 93:4)

No power other than God's could set a mountain in its place. (Psalms 65:6a) Only God can command the winds. "He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power he brought in the south wind." (Psalms 78:26) With all of nature at His control, how can nature be the object of worship and not God? It makes more sense to worship the Creator and enjoy the creation. The creation cannot direct the Creator; the greater power is God.

In all things, God uses His power for our good. He is our defender and protector.

I need not fear for anything ""¦for God is my defense." (Psalms 59:9b, also Psalms 46:1) Even though physical enemies do not surround us much these days, we do still have spiritual enemies. Satan and his demons try to lead us away from God all the time by tempting and deceiving us. When we pray and listen for God's guidance, He shows us how to protect ourselves. (Psalms 110:2)

When we are under spiritual attack and being tempted or deceived, God is our defense. We call out to Him for protection and use His Word to defend against our enemy. All powers must submit to the almighty power of God. (Psalms 66:3) Each of us knows our particular weaknesses and should have Scripture verses committed to memory to help us through times of temptation. God's Word has all of the power of God behind it and Christians have the authority to use it. God never leaves us unprotected.

No matter what our problems, God is our protector and refuge; ""¦thou hast been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble." (Psalms 59:16b) There is no problem that God can't solve; there is no force against us that God can't conquer. When we feel afraid and alone, we should call out to Him in prayer, asking for answers and protection. When we feel that everything is too much, we should seek refuge in Him. We find tremendous power when we get on our knees and ask for God's help.

In prayer, we develop our relationship with God and experience His power in our lives. He knows us personally, intimately and wants us to know Him this way, too. Some people have trouble with prayer, thinking there is some formal or formulaic way to approach God. Prayer is merely conversation with God. Talk to Him as you would talk to your most trusted friend. Pour out your heart to Him in prayer and you will begin to experience God's power working within you. "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty."(Psalms 91:1) Our secret place with God is in our prayer and we are protected and safe in His shadow.

God's power is truly our saving grace. Only God has the power to save us from death and offer us eternal life. "But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD:" (Psalms 37:39a) Those who come to God, turn their backs on sin and ask for salvation receive His gift of life. His protection and care for us goes beyond the physical world. His greatest concern is with our spiritual life and our life with Him. Our bodies die but our souls go on to live with Him when we accept the power of His salvation.

He knows that we have to muddle through this physical life, though. He doesn't leave us to do it on our own. Though His greatest concern is our soul, He is concerned with our daily life, too. "O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, thou hast covered my head in the day of battle." (Psalms 140:7) Our day of battle is our life on earth. His power protects us here as we struggle through temptations and troubles.

With Him, we are not lost, weak and helpless. "The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower." (Psalms 18:2) He provides us with complete safety, as the psalmist's images suggest. No matter what happens, we have eternal life. Nothing can hurt us or take us away from the safety that God provides.

This absolute assurance of eternal safety transforms us, making us bold.

"It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect." (Psalms 18:32) We draw strength from God's power, like a lamp draws power from a socket. He is our source of strength. "The LORD will give strength unto his people;" (Psalms 29:11a) With the force of God's power, we can do incredible things for Him. The heroes of the Bible like Noah, Moses, Joseph and others all understood the concept of drawing their strength from God.

These heroes of faith have one thing in common; they developed a relationship of faith and trust with God. They sought Him in prayer, listened for His guidance and followed His direction. They also were faithful to praise God. Tremendous power is released when we praise God. Beyond this, God is worthy of our praise. As Father, Protector, Savior and the source of our strength, He deserves our thanks and our adoration. "Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness." (Psalms 150:2)

Our Almighty Creator has power over everything and uses His power for our good. He provides us safe refuge and is the source of our salvation and our strength. Build your relationship with Him through prayer and praise and discover the miracles His power can release in your life.

(All Scripture is KJV)

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