Summarize what you read in one paragraph:
Psalm 78: This psalm was written to teach the children how gracious God had been in the past in spite of their ancestors’ rebellion and ingratitude.
Psalm 79: This psalm laments the destruction of Jerusalem at the time of the Babylonian captivity.
Psalm 80: The psalm is a prayer for a fallen kingdom to be restored.
Psalm 81: This psalm recalls the miraculous deliverance at the Exodus, and applies its significance to the present: trust the Lord and see His deliverance.
Psalm 82: This psalm is concerned with the problem of unjust judges.
Psalm 83: Israel is threatened by hostile neighbors and the psalmist is petitioning God for intervention, citing his past deliverance and His (God’s) reputation being at stake.
What is one key verse?
Psalm 82:8 – Rise up, God, judge the earth, for all the nations belong to you.
How does what you read change your vision of God?
God is a God of justice, and ultimately His justice will prevail.
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?
We are all imperfect. We as disciples all seek justice in this world, but our own vision of justice is shaped by our unique life journey as both individuals and the culture that we grew up in. As we pursue justice, it is challenging but necessary, that we view circumstances and solutions through the lens of His Word and not through a worldly lens.
How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)
I will seek to have a humble spirit and an open heart. I know what I know, but I also must be open to opposing viewpoints. I also need to have the strength of character to speak the truth when I see falsehood, but only guided by the wisdom of God and only with a loving attitude.
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)
Speaking the truth is almost never popular when it challenges the current narrative or conventional wisdom. In John 10:34, Jesus references Psalm 82:6, in his defense, when a group of Jews were about to stone him. He was able to elude them at that time, but we know that ultimately he was crucified for speaking the Truth. Jesus didn’t cave to all of the pressure around him (from the public, from leaders, from his own followers), but continued about His father’s work. I need to follow His example, however difficult that may be.