Psalms of Honesty and Truth
What would we learn about God if we read the Bible forgetting for awhile how reading His Word would help us, comfort and encourage us and just read it to gain knowledge of the story of God? What is our prayers before reading His Word were, “Lord, help me know You more. Help me to know your story…in every detail…so I can tell others”.
Know God. Learn His story in every detail. When we read and ponder the details of all He has done, is doing and will do, we are in awe and humbled in His Presence as we read.
Psalm 48 begins with praise and then recounts all that God has done. Praise builds as details of God’s story are revealed and worshiped. “You Name, God, evokes a train of Hallelujahs wherever it is spoken, near and far; your arms are heaped with goodness-in-action.” (The Message) Our circumstances seem so small and insignificant as we think about the details of the story of God. He is Alpha, Omega, beginning and end. “Our God forever, who guides us till the end of time.” Ah. Think on this…and be blessed.
Believers today are citizens of the Zion that is above (Gal. 4:21-31; Heb. 12:18-24; Phil. 3:20) and rejoice that the Lord cares for us even as He cared for His ancient people Israel.
Psalm 48, New Living Translation
A song. A psalm of the descendants of Korah.
1 How great is the Lord,
how deserving of praise,
in the city of our God,
which sits on his holy mountain!
2 It is high and magnificent;
the whole earth rejoices to see it!
Mount Zion, the holy mountain,[a]
is the city of the great King!
3 God himself is in Jerusalem’s towers,
revealing himself as its defender.
4 The kings of the earth joined forces
and advanced against the city.
5 But when they saw it, they were stunned;
they were terrified and ran away.
6 They were gripped with terror
and writhed in pain like a woman in labor.
7 You destroyed them like the mighty ships of Tarshish
shattered by a powerful east wind.
8 We had heard of the city’s glory,
but now we have seen it ourselves—
the city of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
It is the city of our God;
he will make it safe forever. Interlude
9 O God, we meditate on your unfailing love
as we worship in your Temple.
10 As your name deserves, O God,
you will be praised to the ends of the earth.
Your strong right hand is filled with victory.
11 Let the people on Mount Zion rejoice.
Let all the towns of Judah be glad
because of your justice.
12 Go, inspect the city of Jerusalem.[b]
Walk around and count the many towers.
13 Take note of the fortified walls,
and tour all the citadels,
that you may describe them
to future generations.
14 For that is what God is like.
He is our God forever and ever,
and he will guide us until we die.
Dear Heavenly Father, Help me to “take note” of all You have done in detail so I can tell the next generations of Your power and majesty, your peace, your help and comfort. Help me tell of your salvation through Jesus Christ. Give me gracious words that tell of your grace and mercy. Help me express the wonderful Counselor we have in Your Holy Spirit. Help me tell the story of You.
In Jesus Name, Amen