Insights on Today's Reading
Psalm 1 - This Psalm is one of contrast: The man who loves God's Word versus the man who loves the world. One enjoys a productive and purposeful life with successful results. The other wastes his time on a meaningless life and ends up losing everything.
Psalm 2 - This is a Messianic Psalm predicting the Son of God to be the coming Messiah. Few places in the Old Testament give such a clear presentation of this fact. The nations of the earth are His inheritance.
Psalm 15 - This Psalm gives a great description of the person who pleases the Lord. One thing to note in verse 4 is that this person keeps his promises even if it hurts to do so.
The next three Psalms form a trilogy and are seen as the Shepherd Psalms because they speak of Jesus Christ in His shepherding ministry. Psalm 22 speaks of the Good Shepherd dying for His sheep; Psalm 23 speaks of the Great Shepherd living and caring for His sheep; and Psalm 24 speaks of the Chief Shepherd returning in glory for His sheep.
Psalm 22 - The suffering Savior's cry from the cross are the first words of this Psalm. Several other statements clearly point to Christ throughout this chapter. Before the Savior becomes the Shepherd of Psalm 23, He must suffer the humiliation of the crucifixion.
Psalm 23 - The Shepherd of this Psalm is none other than the Good Shepherd of John 10. He is always with His sheep and even walks with them when they "walk through the valley of the shadow of death."
Psalm 24 - The coming King is Christ, Himself. He will enter Jerusalem as the reigning King as surely as He did on Palm Sunday.
Psalm 47 - The sovereignty of God is seen throughout this Psalm. Whenever you feel that "...though the wrong seems oft so strong, He is the ruler yet!"
Psalm 68 - As David reigned in his kingdom he was often drawn to write of the authority of his God over the land. David knew he didn't rule as much as he was subservient to God's rule. David's "power" was in the "God of his salvation." He ends this Psalm with a declaration that God is more awesome in His Person than in His holy places.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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