There is nothing like studying the Psalms.

As I read through the Psalms today, which is where all of our scripture for this week comes from, I am encouraged not to give up.

Don’t give up!

This week I learned some reasons for us not to give up and some benefits for remaining hopeful.

#1 The Lord delights in us

God loves His people. We make Him smile. He delights in us.

That’s a reason to keep our hope in Him.

When we know that God wants to be in relationship with us, that’s a reason to have hope.

#2 His love is unfailing

His love won’t fail us. God’s love is eternal.

We don’t fully understand how He loves. His ways are not our ways. 

His love, no matter what is unfailing and we can find hope in that. 

#3 Our souls know where to find hope

When we nourish our souls with the word, they know where to find hope. 

Our souls know that we need God. It’s so important that we are in His word so that we know where to find the nourishment for our souls.

#4 Be strong and take heart

We gain strength and we are encouraged when we hope in God.

Each Psalm encourages us to put our hope in God. 

His love for us won’t fail. 

We may not understand why we are experiencing what’s going on, but we can find hope in the fact that God loves us. 

Keep believing!

Don’t give up!

Hold on to God! He’s not going to give up on you so don’t give up on Him.

Wait patiently and learn in this time.

Your 3 plans for the week are the same. I hope you will try a different one. All of them should only take about 15 minutes (for those just getting started) and longer for those who already know how to study. (It is important to note that it is a necessary part of growth to study each book of the Bible as a whole to get God’s full message. Don’t always read one verse and not learn about the context that surrounds it. As you grow spend time reading a chapter a day, at least.) 

Plan 1 – Vocabulary Study

  • It may seem trivial to look up words that you know the meaning of, but there are times when I come across an “everyday word” as I read and I feel the need to look it up. So many times there is new meaning when I view it in the context of scripture. One simple definition can bring new insight to what I’m reading.
  • I will give some suggestions, but if a word stands out for you, use your own of course. This is about you and your relationship with God. This is about what He’s speaking to you. 
  • I will also rewrite the word adding the definition of the word I look up. You would be how powerful that can be to understanding the word.
  • I just want to give options just in case you don’t have your own.

Day 1

  • Vocabulary: delights, fear, 
  • Daily Reading: Psalm 147:11 NIV
  • the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.

Day 2

  • Vocabulary: unfailing
  • Daily Reading: Psalm 33:22 NIV
  • May your unfailing love be with us, LORD, even as we put our hope in you.    

Day 3

  • Vocabulary: downcast, disturbed
  • Daily Reading: Psalm 42:5 NIV
  • Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.    

Day 4

  • Vocabulary: wait, being 
  • Daily Reading: Psalm 31:24 NIV
  • Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.

Plan 2 – Scripture Writing

  1. What is God saying to you through the scripture?
  2. Write the verse and ask God what He wants you to understand.
  3. Read the verse multiple times to get an understanding.
  4. Write what you learn?
  • Day 1: Psalm 147:11 
  • Day 2: Psalm 33:22
  • Day 3: Psalm 42:5
  • Day 4: Psalm 31:24

Plan 3 – S.O.A.P

  • S.O.A.P is a Bible study method used to study scripture. With this study you can focus on one verse or more. I’m not sure who started this method, but it is a popular way to study the Bible.  It will help you get started if you’re a Bible Study beginner. 
    • S – Scripture – Prayerfully write the scripture. Ask God for understanding.
    • O – Observation – What is God telling you with this scripture? What stands out for you? (1-2 sentences or even words that stand out)
    • A – Application – How can you apply this to your life? What will you do to apply it to your life (1-2 sentences, or more if you are a “journaler” like me.)
    • P – Pray (Pray about the verse. Ask God to help you with applying the verse to your life.)
  • Day 1: Psalm 147:11 
  • Day 2: Psalm 33:22
  • Day 3: Psalm 42:5
  • Day 4: Psalm 31:24

*Scriptures taken from “Tecarta Bible” online.

Conclusion

The Psalms are so encouraging!

Whenever I read them I find hope.  

I just want to remind you to put God first. Make Him important and He will take delight in you.

Remember, God’s love for us will never fail.  He loves us! Find hope in that.

Be strong, be encouraged. God is working on our behalf – for our good. 

I hope you find hope in that today!

Have you been enjoying this study? I hope you have. I have.

If you need the studies for Week 1 and Week 2, here they are.

I pray that you will be more hopeful than you ever have this week.

Please let me know how the study is going for you.

Until next time!

God loves you family, and so do I! – CL