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Claiming the Promises of the Psalms: Our Part

Then they despised the pleasant land, having no faith in his promise …Then they despised the land [of Canaan], they did not believe in His word nor rely on itBut then they rejected the land that was so desirable. They did not trust God’s promise…They refused to enter the pleasant land. They did not believe what he said…Then they refused to go into the beautiful land of Canaan; they did not believe what God promised (Psalm 106:24 ESV, AMP, CEB, GW,NCV)

We have looked with wonder at a multitude of promises God made in the book of Psalms. As noted in the very first post on these promises in the Psalms, “God’s promises are built on a covenant relationship. The truth of God’s word is available to everyone – giving each person the chance to become a child of God. His promises are for those who love Him.”

Unlike the children of Israel who “despised the promised land, having no faith in his promise”, we must trust God. We know the rest of the story that Psalm 106 tells us about their lack of trust. Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people, and he abhorred his heritage, he gave them into the hand of the nations, so that those who hated them ruled over them (Psalm 16:40-41).

The promises of God give us comfort.

This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me lifeLet your steadfast love comfort me according to your promise to your servant

Psalm 119:50, 76

The promises of God direct us.

Keep steady my steps according to your promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me.

Psalm 119:133

The promises of God give us life.

This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me lifeUphold me according to your promise, that I may live, and let me not be put to shame in my hope!…Plead my cause and redeem me; give me life according to your promise!

Psalm 119:50, 116 , 154

If you are like me, you have seen His promises fulfilled time and time again. Our part is to believe Him and meditate upon those wonderful, incredible promises He has made.

Your promise is well tried, and your servant loves it…My eyes are awake before the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promise

Psalm 119:140, 148

Dare we doubt Him now?

Claim God’s Promises in 2021

To those who trust God, He has promised His presence, protection, provision and personal guidance. Many believers search for God’s promises in His word. They are what we count on to get us through the tough times. There are hundreds of promises in God’s word for those who trust Him. 

The psalms contain many of those promises and throughout the year of 2021, I will be sharing the promises that I see in the psalms with you. 

David, a man after God’s own heart, wrote many of the psalms. The declarations that David made about God in his psalms were very personal to him. Although he wrote them down and God included them in His word, in real time, David shared with God the inner longings of his heart. Those recorded words were personal to David, but they are also personal to me and can be very personal to you. 

For example, in Psalm 30: 5-6, David says, For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. How many of God’s children have counted on this promise to get them past the guilt of confessed sin to ponder upon the fact that it was covered for all time by the blood of Jesus? For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life. How many of God’s children have had sorrows of all sorts, including lost loved ones and lost dreams? Our good God knew that we would weep during the night, but joy comes in the morning and as David said in that same psalm, God would turn our mourning into dancing; …put off {our} sackcloth, and {clothe us} with gladness (Psalm 30:11). When that happens to any of us, we can join with David and give thanks to {the Lord our God} forever  (Psalm 30:12).

In 2021, now more than ever, we need the reminder that God is with us. We celebrate that fact during the Christmas season because God gave prophets the promise that He would be sending Immanuel to us. He did indeed come. However, Immanuel has not left us. He is still here. In the heart of every believer, God lives. He is truly with us.

Join me through the year 2021 in looking at the promises in the Psalms. I pray that when you do, 

  • God’s presence will become more real to you
  • you will count on His protection
  • know practically His provision and
  • as David did, sense and experience His personal guidance.

With Jesus, the future is bright.