The various writers of Psalm 67-72 express numerous points, which is why I will be sharing only two points. I feel that one point trying to be made is how important it is to understand GOD WILL BLESS US no matter what point we are at in life because He is in full control, which is one of many reasons to praise him. Another point I feel that’s being made is God/Jesus are the ONLY one fit for judging and casting punishment. In reading these chapters, we can clearly read how much people’s accusations, hurtful words, and many other unrighteous/rude remarks deeply wound a person emotionally and physically. But the example being set in these is not of one taking matters into his/her own hands. What is shown is a someone, deeply saddened and broken-hearted, pleading to God to take control of the situation and to have the righteous rewarded and the unrighteous punished. This is an excellent example of how we should handle moments of wanting to take matters into our own hand by immediately giving it to God to deal with.
What is one key verse
“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations.”
How does what you read change your vision of God?
In reading my portion of Psalms, I realized that there are so many different requests for God just in these 5 Chapters alone. These requests include God blessing us, God saving us, God protecting us, God being fair and just, God do not delay, and it just keeps on going. Now when I relate that to my life, I feel as if I constantly ask God for so many things… and I am just one person. There are multiple people who believe in God and pray to him with many requests, many who have more than I do, AND GOD STILL BLESSES ALL OF US AND ANSWERS US. I can truly say my appreciation for God and how he chooses to answer my prayers/requests has grown tremendously.
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?
Reading how deeply hurt David was in Psalm 69 really opened my eyes to the type of prayer he has with God. David was real and vulnerable with God and he wasn’t blocking any emotion. After looking into my heart for a little bit, I realize that I have been longing for a deeper prayer life, and in order for me to do that I realized through these chapters that I need to be deeply vulnerable with God.
How will I go with God because of this reading?
As my key verse reads, ‘May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations.” it reminded me of a certain passage in The Beautitudes, Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world…” What I will be doing now is helping God shine his face upon all people by being a light to all people I see…but the one area I am going to be focusing on is BEING JOYFUL and LIFTING OTHERS UP and still always sharing how JESUS CAN HEAL OUR HEARTS IN MANY WAYS.
Where is Jesus in these passages?
I personally thought about Jesus and the power he truly has in protecting us, healing us, loving us, Him being our rock and salvation, and so much more through these chapters.. But in Psalm 72, Solomon is praying to God for a King that is fair and just to the righteous, as well as a king who would crush the oppresso also. He asks for a king for so many qualities that ONLY JESUS COULD FILL. I was reminded of Jesus a lot through ch. 72.