Summarize what you read in one paragraph:
In Psalm 13 David is asking God How long he will have to wait To see God but even as he asks God these questions, he closes in saying that he will continue to trust, rejoice, and sing to God.
Psalm 14 This chapter talks about the foolishness and selfishness of mankind Although God looks for those who understand and who seek him the last couple of verses end on a more positive note expressing the salvation for Israel that would come out of Zion and the restoration of the Lord’s people.
In Psalm 15 David discusses the qualities and actions of those who are allowed to dwell in the Lord’s secret tent and holy mountain. The people who have those things will never be shaken.
In Psalm 16 In this chapter, David is praising God and saying how God is his life.
In Psalm 17 David cries out to God. He tells the Lord that he has kept on the Narrow Path and that throughout he has not stumbled. He calls upon the Lord to show him the wonders of his love. He asks for shelter in the Lord from his enemies. He states that he will press on and see the Lord’s face and be satisfied.
In Psalm 18 This was actually a song that David sang to God (he actually sang a lot). The Lord was David’s strength, his rock, and deliverer. He praised and took shelter in the Lord. Even with the struggles and challenges, he called on God for help. David goes into detailed imagery about God coming down from Heaven to rescue him from the deep waters of his life and then expresses his faithfulness, love, and security in God.
What is one key verse?
Psalm 18: 16
‘He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.’
How does what you read change your vision of God?
It reminds me of how much God values me. He came down from Heaven to rescue me from my enemies. Psalm 18: 7-15 describes the image of God as he “swoops in” and saves us. This imagery really helps me to remember how fearsome, mighty, and amazing our God truly is. With all the power He has, he used it to create us and the world we live in. Psalm 18 helps me to see God’s fearsome love for me.
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?
What I’ve read helps me to see how valuable I am to God and how humble I should be in His presence and the presence of others. This reading made me think “How fearsome is my love for God? How fearsome is my love for people?”. There are so many people in the deep waters of the world and sin and the further down they go, the more pressure weighs down on them. God doesn’t call us to save the lost (that’s His job) but He does call us to seek them–to find them. Where I’m trying to go with this is that once we find a person in deep waters, God will be able to lift them up and save them.
How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)
I will go and reach out to others and show them the fearsome love of God.
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)
All these chapters remind me that I have no reason for fear or doubt because of Jesus. He rescued me from the deep waters of sin and continues to protect me and lift me up when I stumble or fall. He will always listen and hear my joy and my sadness.