Summer in the Psalms: Introduction

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There are a handful of questions that many wrestle with on a regular basis…

     How could a good God allow bad things to happen? 

          Why did God create the world if He knew there would be so much suffering? 

               Does God really have a purpose for my life? 

While we may wrestle with questions such as these throughout our lives, there’s one other question that impacts our lives in the most significant way possible: Who is God? 

Fortunately, the Psalms do an excellent job of answering this question, helping us to better understand the character and nature of who God is. The Psalms frequently mention the strength of God. The love of God. The humility of God. The strength of God. The wisdom of God. And much more.  

But how do we find these character traits of God in the Psalms? Well, there are a few key words that often appear right before a statement describing His nature and character. One specific Hebrew word that is used hundreds of times throughout the Psalms is most often translated in English as for, because, surely, or that. When key words such as these appear, we frequently find an answer to the question, “Who is God?” nearby. 

Here are a couple of examples: 

Example: Read Psalm 1 (see v.6) “For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous.”

Question: Who is God?

Answer: One attribute of God is that He watches over the way of the righteous. 

Example: Read Psalm 3 (see v.5) “I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.

Question: Who is God?

Answer: One attribute of God is that He sustains me. My strength comes from Him! 

This Scripture Reading Guide (for June, July, August) has been designed to guide you through many of the Psalms throughout the summer. Every day, you will have the opportunity to read just one or two Psalms that will help you answer the question, “Who is God?”

You’ll benefit most by writing down an answer to this simple question every day.

Those who follow the South Ridge Blog will receive an email every day throughout the summer with a link to the Psalm reading for the day.

How many attributes of God will you discover?

What will you learn about God and your ability to connect with Him?

Let’s read the Psalms together, and find out.

 

A Daily Reading will be made available here on the South Ridge Blog from June 1 – August 31, 2018. Those who follow the blog will receive an email every morning with the daily reading. 

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