At 150 chapters, the Book of Psalms is one of the longest books in the Bible. Its poetic verses explore themes of praise, hope, gratitude, and deep trust in God. Use these 10 life lessons from Psalms to lift your heart, and bring you closer to God.
1. Start your day with God.
Talking to God when you wake up can set a positive tone for your day. As Psalm 5:3 says, “In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly” (NIV). Tell Him what you’re thankful for, and ask Him to direct your path for the day with the wisdom to do the right things.
2. Have a thankful heart.
The Book of Psalms is filled with passages of gratefulness. For example, Psalm 9:1 says, “I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds” (NIV). Always thank God for your blessings, and thank Him even for the blessings that He is preparing for you.
3. God always listens.
Most Christians will at some point feel as if God doesn’t hear their prayers. In fact, the Book of Psalms addresses this very question: “Why, Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” (Ps. 10:1 NIV).
Later, however, you see the heart of God at work. “God has surely listened and has heard my prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!” (Ps. 66:19-20 NIV).
4. The Lord is my shepherd and leader.
God cares for and guides His children in the same way that a shepherd cares for and guides sheep. Indeed, Psalm 23 describes the comforting hand of a warm Shephard. As David writes, “He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, [and] He refreshes my soul” (Ps. 23:2-3).
5. The Lord is my light and my salvation.
Psalm 27:1 speaks to how to face difficult situations: “The Lord is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear?” (NIV). This serves to remind you that God is with you in the storm. It’s also a good reminder to shine God’s light to others.
6. Praise God at all times.
Psalm 34:1 says, “I will extol the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips” (NIV). The Book of Psalms echoes this sentiment again and again, because it encourages you to praise God during the good times as well as the bad.
7. Trust in the Lord, and don’t worry about evildoers.
Psalm 37:4 teaches you not to worry about others. Encouraging you to focus on God above all else, it says, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart” (ESV).
8. Seize the moment, for life is fleeting.
In Psalm 39, David asks God to show him how fleeting his life is. “Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure” (Ps. 39: 4-5 NIV). Remembering that life is short can help shift your focus to what is truly important: your relationship with God.
9. The Lord is my refuge and protector.
Psalm 91 teaches you to trust in God as your protector. As verse 2 says, “I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust’” (NIV). In verse 4, you can visualize God keeping you safe. “He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart” (NIV).
10. I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Psalm 139 tells you that you’re made in God’s image. One lesson here is to love yourself and to not devalue your worth. If God loves you so much to have created you in His image, surely you are worthy of self-love too. “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” (Ps. 139:13-14 NIV).
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