So cool coincidence, I finished The Bible’s Book of Psalms that I’ve been reading for a while, right before Thanksgiving. Psalms, like Proverbs and other books of the Bible holds wisdom, advice, prophecy, warnings and most of all, praise. Because of how much praise and thanksgiving Psalms has at the end of the book, I thought it was a good reminder of God’s blessings right before Thanksgiving Day. Beautifully written, Psalms is one of the most uplifting books of the Bible and possibly one of the most relatable.
What Psalms Teaches
Psalms reflects on most of God’s commandments from trust, to treating others well, to not being afraid. It shows times of tribulation and times of rejoicing. I’ve picked out several verses to show you what I mean. All beautiful and inspiring!
Trust: Psalm 32:10
Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.
Fear: Psalm 34:4
I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
Words From the Mouth: (these are important for me to read because I struggle with my loud mouth haha!) Psalm 39:1
I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.
Treating Your Enemies Well: Psalm 35:12-13
And Torah’s importance: Psalm 19:7
The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
Yea, it’s a lot, and I didn’t even include all of the topics Psalms mentions. There’s so much and there should be. There are 150 psalms in the book and it takes up a good-sized portion of The Bible.
David wrote a good amount of Psalms and in many of his writings he prophesied the coming of Yeshua (Yeshua is Jesus in Hebrew.) He does it so many times and so naturally that many believe he had no idea that he was prophesying. It’s amazing seeing David’s prophecies come true in The New Testament and I believe for this reason and others Psalms plays an important part in the Bible.
David wrote many psalms praising and glorifying God. His psalms and verses of praise are very passionate and it got me thinking, David was beloved of God and he praised and thanked him constantly. Maybe this was part of why God loved him so much? Think about it. How much do we praise God? Only at church? Once in awhile when He gives us what we want?
I realized that that’s kind of what I do. Occasionally singing at my Congregation and singing a few Christian songs at home that get in my head. Sure, I read The Bible and pray, but when I thought about how much I actually shout out God’s glory or even write with reverence to God, it seemed small compared to David. I read David’s passionate psalms to God and I thought that there was no way I do as much as him. I mean, listen to this guy:
Psalm 86:12 I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.
Psalm 21:13 Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power.
Psalm 8:1 O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.
That’s definitely not all of it. Some psalms written by David like 143, 144, and 145 are completely devoted to the praise of God. Someone once said to me that they believed it was important to pray out loud so that evil spirits know that you belong to God. I always prayed in my head before but thinking about this, I decided to at least every once in awhile pray out loud and I realized I enjoyed praying a lot more after that.
It felt far more like I was personally talking to God. Now I’m not saying you should pray in front of people. (Yeshua warns against that Matt. 5:6) but maybe try praying and praising aloud behind closed doors. Something else I like to do is read the Bible aloud by myself once in awhile. Maybe it’s just me, but I feel closer and a lot more like I’m praising God like David when I do.
Find Your Own Way to Praise God
Everyone is different. Maybe you will find a better way to praise God. There are many ways! Some people will just mention God and say, ‘Praise the LORD!’ which I’ve always found kind of cool or praying aloud with family when you eat and thanking God for his many blessings. I heard of this one woman that would pray when she was in strife and every time she would say, ‘LORD please help me,’ she’d then say, ‘Praise your heavenly name!’ I always thought that was a great way to ask for something from God. Whatever is convenient and easy to remember but still adds some praise for the Most High so that we can be a little more like David.
Have a good break and Happy Thanksgiving!
Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God.