Great Themes in the Psalms

I remember a day when the Psalms didn’t seem overly significant to me. I didn’t go out of my way to read and study the Book of Psalms.

That was my problem not the problem of the Psalms of the Old Testament.

The Psalms teach great themes of our faith. They point us to God and to His great work in history. They express how God works for His people.

What are some of these great themes found in the Psalms?

First, the Psalms point us to the greatness of our God. “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable”(Psalm 145:3).

There is a reason we teach our children “God is great, God is good.” God is great. His greatness is beyond our comprehension.

Second, God is good, kind, and caring. “But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children (Psalm 103:17).

Many psalms point to the mercy and kindness of God. God cares for his people and seeks the best for us. God’s heart is filled with loving kindness. His kindness and mercy endure forever.

Third, God rescues the oppressed.

This attribute of God should never be overlooked. He is a God of justice for the oppressed. He cares for people and seeks to protect them.

For this reason, God is a God of judgment. To protect the oppressed, God must judge the oppressor.

We never want to be those who oppress. Better to be the one oppressed than the one who takes advantage of others.

Fourth, God is a God of the future. He is working in history on our behalf. We can count on Him.

He is bringing history to a grand conclusion. These end times began when Christ entered into history.

What do the Psalms teach?

They teach the unchanging truth that God can be counted on. We can trust Him.

Let us look to the God of our salvation. Let us trust Him with our lives.

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One Comment

  1. The Millers
    Apr 25, 2016

    Waylon, you are not alone in your thinking.
    Some discount it as “just” a book of poetry. Secular college professors use it for its’ poetic attributes.

    Psalms has been lived in for years.
    The Psalms are a constant reminder of all you listed. It is a book of comfort and hope.
    Psalms foretells Jesus Christ.

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