A Closer Look at Truth in Psalms

September 13, 2018

As Christians, we need to listen and allow the Holy Spirit to speak truth into our lives through God’s Word. As we do this, we learn what it means to see truth in action. Let’s take a closer look at what this looks like with a study from the NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible.  What do the Psalms teaches about truth?

Growing in Godliness

The Bible often speaks of God blessing His people, rewarding them for their godly behavior. As we grow in godliness, we begin to understand that God blesses us with a purpose in mind—blessing us so we can be a blessing to others and so the nations of the earth will come to know Him.

How do we live this out?

Live in a way that pleases the Lord, knowing that He rewards us according to our deeds. (Psalm 62:12)

Understand that God blesses us and pours out His favor on us so His salvation can reach to the ends of the earth. We are to be good stewards of this high calling and sharers of His blessings. (Psalm 67:1, 2)

Join what God is doing in the nations. Give to the needy; work on behalf of the poor. Extend God’s blessing in the earth so His name will be praised among the nations. (Psalm 72:11-17)

Cultivating Dynamic Devotion

There are many varied and wonderfully diverse ways to express worship to God biblically. Worshiping God in forms that are new to us, though possibly uncomfortable at first, can bring freshness and joy into our devotional life. Search the Psalms for new expressions of worship you have not yet experienced and incorporate them into your devotional time with the Lord. God is gloriously present when we worship Him as His Word instructs.

How do we live this out?

Hunger and thirst for God. If you lack that yearning, ask Him to give it to you. God delights to satisfy our hunger for Him. (Psalm 42:1, 2; 63:1,2)

Sing, shout, and clap your hands to the Lord in worship. He is worship of your praise! (Psalm 47:1-7)

Sing aloud of God’s mercy and faithfulness to you. Recount, in song, ways God has acted on your behalf. (Psalm 59:16)

Pursuing Holiness

Holiness is most beautifully displayed in a broken and contrite spirit—one that is submitted to God, not arrogant or proud, but humble and moldable in God’s hand.

How do we live this out?

Ask God to create a clean heart in you. Seek God’s forgiveness; it is the pathway to joy. Recognize that a soft heart and a humble spirit are pleasing to the Lord. (Psalm 51:1-19)

The Walk of Faith

Examples abound of faith in God regardless of circumstances. Though situations arise that seem overwhelming, hopeless, oppressive, and fearful, the Psalms point to God as our refuge.

How does we live this out?

Know that God can give you hope when circumstances indicate there is none. Hope in God, for you shall yet praise Him. Remember, He has promised to be present with you both day and night. (Psalm 42:5-8)

Set your heart on the Lord, your refuge and shelter in every trouble. (Psalm 46:1-11)

Cast, throw, fling your burdens on the Lord. Do not hold onto them yourself. God is able to take them and desires to carry your troubles for you. (Psalm 55:22)

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