Day 20 - 40 Days in the Old Testament

Dr Jim Brown's TruNorth Devotional
40 Days in the Old Testament

Psalm 8:1,3-4
“O Lord, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth,
Who have set Your glory above the heavens!
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
What is man that You are mindful of him?”

The Psalms, the largest book in the Bible, is a collection of songs contributed by several authors.  Contrary to popular thinking, King David did not write all the psalms, though he did contribute 75. Asaph wrote 12; Sons of Korah 11); other writers included Solomon, Moses (1), and others.

The Psalms' themes include – as in Psalm 8 – the glory of the Lord, Songs of Thanksgiving and Praise, Songs for the Temple, and Psalms designed to teach.

I often ponder the "old hymns" many of us grew up with and how many teach us about God, eternity, heaven, peace, and much more. Just as the Psalms did back then – and today still.

Apart from technology differences, life today has the same types of problems as that of those who worshipped God in the Old Testament. Back then, God promised to be with His people in times of suffering and trouble, and many psalms had themes of petition, lament, and praise to God, who has always been faithful to His promises.

Today, though we live in the time after Jesus has come and conquered sin and death, we still live in a broken, sinful world… full of trials, suffering, and temptations.

Consider today's verses from Psalm 8. Consider how awesome our God is and that He created everything in the universe. And then consider that He offers us an opportunity to become His children through faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God (to quote Peter the Big Fisherman).

Prayer: LORD, You are terrific. You are love. You have provided a way for "who-so-ever will" to become of Your children forever. Thank You that I am! Amen.