Through the Bible: Psalms

Devotional

Ascribe Greatness to God


I will give thanks to the LORD because of His righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the LORD Most High. (Psalm 7:17 ESV)

As we cover the first eight psalms in our reading today, we see how the author, King David, and the psalmist ascribe greatness to our God through each chapter. 


The first psalm is an introduction of the Book of Psalms. It stresses the importance of aligning our life to God's Word and seeking His godly wisdom. This emphasis sets the tone for the rest of the collection of psalms.


Psalm 2 is considered a royal psalm because it refers to the King above all kings – the eventual rule of earth of the Messiah. It is a celebration of His supremacy over all humanity, which came to complete fulfillment in the return of Jesus Christ. 


Psalms 3, 4, and 5 show David’s trust in the Lord in times of trouble and personal thanksgiving to God, who answered his prayer. 


Psalm 6 is one of seven psalms of confession and repentance. It is also a grieving psalm; the psalmist invokes God’s judgment on evil.


Lastly Psalm 8 is a declaration of God’s majesty, the creator of the universe who cares for humankind.


We see God’s nature displayed in the outpouring of David’s psalms. His acknowledgement of God’s sovereignty, loyalty, faithfulness, righteousness, mercy, and power shows a person who earnestly pursues God’s own heart. Just as David did, let us ascribe to God the glory due His name.


Prayer


Abba Father, we want to seek Your heart like David. We lift up our praises to You because You are powerful yet full of mercy. We thank You for loving us so deeply. Everything good in our lives, we ascribe to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.