Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in deep mire, where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and the flood sweeps over me. I am weary with my crying out; my throat is parched. My eyes grow dim with waiting for my God. – Psalm 69:1-3 ESV
The book of Psalms is a collection of 150 lyric poems. A lyric poem is defined as “that which directly expresses the individual emotions of the poet.” Religious lyric poetry reflects the inner feelings of the person whose soul is stirred by thoughts of God. The Psalms are thus inspired responses of various individuals to God’s revelation of himself in the Old Testament era. The Book of Psalms is NOT the longest book in the Bible, but it does have the MOST CHAPTERS, with 150 individual psalms. It is also one of the most diverse, since the psalms deal with such subjects as God and His creation, war, worship, wisdom, sin and evil, judgment, justice, and the coming of the Messiah.
Leader, the Psalms were the songbook of the people of God when they gathered for worship. The tell of the RAW struggle of we broken human beings as we go through this life as CHILDREN of GOD in a world that is controlled by the PRINCE OF THE AIR and those that HAVE NOT, WILL NOT, CHOOSE NOT to submit to the KINGDOM of GOD which is the RULE and REIGN of God, on earth as it is in heaven! Psalm 1 contrasts the blessing that await those who WALK WITH GOD with the disaster of those who CHOOSE another path. Psalm 23 is the most memorable and encouraging of the Psalms. Psalm 74: A desperate plea to God to rescue us from our troubles. Psalm 119 is the longest Psalm and the longest chapter in the Bible, this psalm beautifully works its way through the Hebrew alphabet, pondering mans relationship with God. Psalm 117 is the shortest of all psalms. It is the 595th of the 1,189 chapters of the King James Version of the Bible, making it the middle chapter. It is also the shortest chapter in this version of the Bible. “O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.”
Conduit, if you want a deeper relationship with God and if you want to FEEL the HIGHS and LOWS of our Faith walk, PSALMS will always provide that emotional connection. Psalm 69 is raw, it is NOT pretty, it allows for the pity party that many of us have as we struggle with the brokenness of this world and the attacks of the enemy. It is honest in our fear and doubt that can creep in to those who have a HEART AFTER GOD and who are zealous in the following of HIS WORD, HIS WAY and HIS SON! The psalms show us, we can bring all our feelings to God—no matter how negative or complaining they may be—and we can rest assured that He will hear and understand. The psalmist teaches us that the most profound prayer of all is a cry for help as we find ourselves overwhelmed by the problems of life. God is the same Lord in all the psalms. But we respond to Him in different ways, according to the specific circumstances of our lives. What a marvelous God we worship, the psalmist declares, ONE who is high and lifted up beyond our human experiences but also ONE who is close enough to touch and who walks beside us along life’s way. How GREAT IS OUR GOD!