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The Everyday Life Psalms and Proverbs: The Power of God's Word for Everyday Living

The Everyday Life Psalms and Proverbs: The Power of God's Word for Everyday Living

by Joyce Meyer


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Psalms

Author: David, Asaph, the sons of Korah, Moses, and others

Date: 1000 BC–300 BC

Everyday Life Principles: The Psalms are full of practical advice for you, and they are easy to read and to pray. When you need encouragement, instruction, or comfort, read the Psalms. Express your heart to God freely and fully, just as the psalmists did. The Psalms are a collection of 150 songs and poems written over a period of many years.

Because they were originally intended and used as worship songs for congregations or individuals, many of the psalms address God directly, and they are very easy to read and to pray. They are filled not only with praise and worship to God, but with practical advice and great insight into the various emotions, victories, and struggles people face.

One thing I love about the Psalms is that the writers were very honest with God, and they communicated with Him from their hearts. Whether they were joyful, confident, depressed, angry, lonely, or afraid, they wrote about it. In the midst of expressing themselves freely and fully to Him, they also realized their need for God in fresh new ways and reaffirmed their trust in Him. Every emotion you or I could ever experience seems to be mentioned in the Psalms. No matter what you are going through, God wants to hear your heart.

Many people have a favorite Psalm. For most, it is probably Psalm 23; for others, it is Psalm 91; and for others it is Psalm 100. I would have to say that my personal favorite is Psalm 27.

I encourage you to read the Psalms and read them often. Let them remind you to always tell God what is in your heart and receive comfort, strength, and direction from Him. Let them also remind you to praise and worship God with all your heart.

BOOK ONE
PSALM 1

The Righteous and the Wicked Contrasted. 1 BLESSED [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked [following their advice and example], Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit [down to rest] in the seat of scoffers (ridiculers). 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And on His law [His precepts and teachings] he [habitually] meditates day and night. [Rom 13:8–10; Gal 3:1–29; 2 Tim 3:16] 3 And he will be like a tree firmly planted [and fed] by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season; Its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers [and comes to maturity]. [Jer 17:7, 8] 4 The wicked [those who live in disobedience to God’s law] are not so, But they are like the chaff [worthless and without substance] which the wind blows away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand [unpunished] in the judgment, Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. 6 For the Lord knows and fully approves the way of the righteous, But the way of the wicked shall perish.

Life Point Psalm 1 promises blessing and God’s favor to those who delight in God’s law (His precepts and teachings) and who meditate on His Word day and night. In other words, those who give God and His Word first place in their lives can expect to prosper in every way.

PSALM 2 The Reign of the Lord’s Anointed. 1 WHY ARE the nations in an uproar [in turmoil against God], And why do the people devise a vain and hopeless plot? 2 The kings of the earth take their stand; And the rulers take counsel together Against the Lord and His Anointed (the Davidic King, the Messiah, the Christ), saying, [Acts 4:25–27] 3 “Let us break apart their [divine] bands [of restraint] And cast away their cords [of control] from us.” 4 He who sits [enthroned] in the heavens laughs [at their rebellion]; The [Sovereign] Lord scoffs at them [and in supreme contempt He mocks them]. 3 Psalm 3:2 5 Then He will speak to them in His [profound] anger And terrify them with His displeasure, saying, 6 “Yet as for Me, I have anointed and firmly installed My King Upon Zion, My holy mountain.” 7 “I will declare the decree of the Lord: He said to Me, ‘You are My Son; This day [I proclaim] I have begotten You. [2 Sam 7:14; Heb 1:5; 3:5, 6; 2 Pet 1:17, 18] 8 ‘Ask of Me, and I will assuredly give [You] the nations as Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth as Your possession. 9 ‘You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall shatter them [in pieces] like earthenware.’ ” [Rev 12:5; 19:15] 10 Now therefore, O kings, act wisely; Be instructed and take warning, O leaders (judges, rulers) of the earth. 11 Worship the Lord and serve Him with reverence [with awe-inspired fear and submissive wonder]; Rejoice [yet do so] with trembling. 12 Kiss (pay respect to) the Son, so that He does not become angry, and you perish in the way, For His wrath may soon be kindled and set aflame. How blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] are all those who take refuge in Him!

Life Point I once saw a movie in which a king issued a royal decree. He wrote down his command and then sent forth riders on horseback throughout the country to “declare the decree” to the citizens of that kingdom. In the Scriptures we see the issuing of such royal decrees in Esther 8:8–14 and in Luke 2:1–3. In Psalm 2:7, the psalmist wrote that he would “declare the decree of the Lord.” What decree? The decree in which the Lord declares that He (Jesus) is God’s only begotten Son (see Hebrews 1:1–5). The written Word of God is the formal decree of the Lord, our King. When we declare God’s Word out of our mouths, with hearts full of faith, those faith-filled words go forth to establish God’s order in our lives. When the royal decree is pronounced, things begin to change!

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