It’s often difficult for us to be completely open and honest with other people, even close friends and family. We want to be liked and accepted, we crave the approval of others. These natural human emotions may prevent our honest communication with God. How do we bring everything to God without fear of disapproval? The book of Psalms teaches us how.
This month in Today in the Word, as we study the first book of Psalms (chapters 1–41), we’ll see the whole gamut of emotions that the psalmist brings before God. We can follow his example! We’ll learn that the Lord wants to hear our thanksgiving, praise, and lament. The psalms also tell us about God’s judgement and mercy, protection and forgiveness. And in these psalms we’ll see the Jewish Messiah—King Jesus—as Son of God (Ps. 2), Son of man (Ps. 8), suffering servant (Ps. 22), and true offering (Ps. 40).
We pray that this study will teach us how to talk openly and honestly with God, how to express without fear and reservation the emotions that fill our hearts—whether it’s praise or despair, misery or triumph, vengeance or cry for help. May we follow the psalmist’s instructions and choose life over death, good over evil, and blessing over the curse. Thank you for studying the Scripture with Today in the Word and supporting this ministry!
—Elena Mafter, Senior Editor