Summarize what you read in one paragraph:
In a quick sentence about these Psalms I would say ‘God is always with us, even in the darkest of times’. I would say that the overall theme of Psalm 7-12 is God is a righteous judge. Psalm 10 specifically called out to me because it really talked about how when times get tough and it seems like God isn’t listening or is too busy that it can get “easy” to think that you’re, your only and best advocate. It can seem easier to push aside all others to get material things that make you feel better for the time being. But it wraps everything together by reminding us that the best place, the best feeling to have, is the love of God and that he is never gone. Psalm 11 emphasizes that even when evil sinks in to try to sway our faith by saying hurtful things or keeping us away from our place of worship (thank you COVID-19) that God is with us everywhere and we need to keep living in his righteous name.
What is one key verse?
Psalm 9:9 “The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.”
How does what you read change your vision of God?
What I read helps me see that sometimes God silently helps you. A relationship with God is going to come with evil trying to keep you away from him but it is so worth it in the end to push through and keep your faith.
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?
After reading this I really looked inside of me to see what I do that I would not want to do in front of Jesus or even in front of certain people in my life. I really looked at how I might change in front of different circles of friends and realized I need to be my true self in front of everyone and not change to “please” who I am around.
How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)
I like to be a people pleasure and that makes it very easy for others to sway my opinion of things without me actually thinking about how I feel about the topic. Because of this reading I am putting a reminder in my phone of Psalm 11:5 “The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.” I use the reminder function on my phone a lot so having this verse right there will be a quick and good reminder of God’s tests the next time ones comes my way.
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)
In Psalm 11 I see Jesus on the cross. Psalm 11 talks about taking refuge in the Lord, for even when the wicked try to shoot down the good (Jesus) and destroy the foundation of the righteous (spreading the word of God), the Lord will still sit in heaven and love those were the good and judge righteously those who have gone against him.