Here are three psalms that are full of hope and inspiration, which I hope will make your day full of the same.
Psalm 103:8, 11 “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love…For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him.”
Aren’t you glad God is merciful? Aren’t you overjoyed God is gracious? Mercy is what we do not get but deserve (God’s wrath). Graciousness, or grace, is what we get but do not deserve (eternal life and pardon). He is slow to anger, but I am not. He is abounding in steadfast love; I have my moments. As high as the heavens stand above the earth is the same measure of how great of a love that He has toward those who fear Him. This is not a fear of being struck dead but a deep, abiding respect and reverence for the holiness of God.
Psalm 37:18, 24, 40 “The Lord knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will remain forever…though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand…The Lord helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they trust in him.”
I couldn’t settle for only one or two verses in this wonderful chapter of the Book of Psalms. Psalm 37 is among my favorites (like Psalm 103). It reminds us of our eternal inheritance; that if we fall, the Lord will uphold us and that He will deliver us from the wicked because we have our trust in Him. The word “trust” is essentially faith. If we have faith in someone, we’ll trust what they say; and if we trust in someone, we’ll have faith that they will do what they say, even more so with God, Who cannot lie (Numbers 23:19, Titus 1:2).
Psalm 34:17-19 “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.”
Once more, I couldn’t settle for only one verse from chapter 34, a magnificent chapter in the Book of Psalms. Have you ever cried out to God for help? I have and God answered me. He heard me and delivered me out of my troubles. God is near those who are brokenhearted; and if you’re crushed in spirit, He’ll save you out of that. The righteous have not a few but “many” afflictions. But guess what? God delivers us out of them all! He doesn’t promise to take us around the afflictions or over the afflictions; He will take us through them. There is no guarantee we’ll never have any afflictions because these verses say the righteous have “many,” but He will deliver us out of this same “many.”
If you want to be blessed, camp out for a few days or even a day in Psalm 103, Psalm 37, and Psalm 34. These chapters are full of hope in a hopeless world. They are full of inspiration in an uninspiring world. God never leaves us but hears our every cry because God is good all the time, even when we aren’t.