Psalm 34

Resolve to be a continuous worshipper of God: ‘I will bless the Lordat all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad’ (verses 1-2).

Urge others to praise God: ‘Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!’ (verse 3).

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Psalm 33

Praise God for making us righteous: ‘Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright’ (verse 1).

Use our gifts to praise God: ‘Give thanks to the Lordwith the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings! Sing to him a new song; play skilfully on the strings, with loud shouts’ (verses 2-3).

Praise God for all he does:...

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Psalm 32

Thank God for his complete forgiveness: ‘Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit’ (verses 1-2).
Recall how uncomfortable unconfessed sin is: ‘For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day l...

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Psalm 31

Tell God you are trusting in him: ‘In you, O Lord, do I take refuge’ (verse 1).
Ask God for speedy answers: ‘let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me! Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!’ (verses 1-2).
Speak to God about his activities for his people: ‘For you a...

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Psalm 31

Tell God you are trusting in him: ‘In you, O Lord, do I take refuge’ (verse 1).
Ask God for speedy answers: ‘let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me! Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!’ (verses 1-2).
Speak to God about his activities for his people: ‘For you a...

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Psalm 30

Resolve to praise God for his help: ‘I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up and have not let my foes rejoice over me’ (verse 1).
Thank God for healing that he provides: ‘O Lordmy God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me. O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol; you restored me to life from among those who go down to...

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Psalm 29

Remember that angels also praise God: ‘Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength’ (verse 1).
Remember that they also focus on his perfections: ‘Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendour of holiness’ (verse 2).
Recall that God is in charge of creation: ‘The voice of the Lord is...

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Psalm 28

Ask God to answer us speedily: ‘To you, O Lord, I call; my rock, be not deaf to me, lest, if you be silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit’ (verse 1).
Think of heaven as you pray: ‘Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy, when I cry to you for help, when I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary’ (verse 2).
Ask God to save...

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Psalm 27

Thank God for his protection in dark times: ‘The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (verse 1).

Remember it is not the number of opponents that matters: ‘When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. Though an...

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Psalm 26

Ask God to give us increasing integrity: ‘Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering’ (verse 1).

Be willing to be examined by him: ‘Prove me, O Lord, and try me; test my heart and my mind’ (verse 2).

Think of his commitment to us: ‘For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in y...

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Psalm 25:11-22

Ask the Lord to forgive us: ‘For your name's sake, O LORD, pardon my guilt, for it is great’ (verse 11).

Thank God for his guidance: ‘Who is the man who fears the LORD? Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose’ (verse 12).

Thank God for his providences: ‘His soul shall abide in well-being, and his offspring shall inherit the land’ (ve...

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Psalm 25:1-10

Thank God we can tell him what is affecting our hearts: ‘To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust’ (verse 1).

Pray for personal deliverance and for the deliverance of other believers: ‘let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me. Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are w...

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Psalm 24

In this psalm, the arrival of a royal king into his capital city is described. Perhaps it was written in connection with the arrival of the ark of the covenant into Jerusalem during the reign of David. In a higher sense, it pictures the arrival of Jesus into heaven at his ascension.

Remember that everything belongs to the Lord: ‘The earth is the Lo...

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Psalm 23

Thank God for being our shepherd: ‘The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want’ (verse 1).

Think of some of the pleasant places he has led us to in a spiritual sense: ‘He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters’ (verse 2).
Recall when he led us out of backsliding: ‘He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness...

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Psalm 22:22-31

In this section of the psalm, several activities of Jesus after his resurrection are mentioned.

Thank Jesus for teaching us about his Father: ‘I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you’ (verse 22).

Remember that Jesus teaches us to fear God: ‘You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you offspring of J...

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Psalm 22:1-21

Psalm 22 is a prophecy first of the sufferings of Jesus on the cross and then of the great glory that followed and still continues. Verses 1-21 describe his sufferings and they give us an opportunity to reflect on them.

Think about why Jesus was abandoned on the cross: 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me,...

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Psalm 21

Psalm 20 was about prayer for a human king. Psalm 21 is about a superior king, Jesus.

Thank God that Jesus was delivered by the Father from death: 'O LORD, in your strength the king rejoices, and in your salvation how greatly he exults!' (verse 1).

Rejoice that Jesus has received his desire for glory (which he prayed for in John 17): ' You have...

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Psalm 20

This psalm is about praying for the ruler of Israel. It assumes that he is serving God. The psalm shows us what a godly ruler is like.

Pray that God would protect our rulers: 'May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!' (verse 1).

Ask God to send spiritual help to any of them who are believers: 'May...

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Psalm 19:8-14

Ask God to use his Word to revive us: 'The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul' (verse 8). 

Ask God to give us wisdom: 'the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple' (verse 8).

Pray for joy as we read the Bible: 'the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart' (verse 9). 

Thank God for giving us insight: 'the...

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Psalm 19:1-7

Psalm 19 describes two ways by which God speaks to us - through creation (verses 1-6) and through the Bible (verses 7-11). It closes by telling us how we can speak to God (verses 12-14.

Thank God for the wonder of his creation: 'The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork' (verse 1).

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Psalm 18:43-50

David becoming king of Israel and defeating his opponents is a picture of Jesus becoming Head of his church and Lord of all. So we can use the psalm as an example of seeing God's providence in the life of David and of depicting how Jesus would be exalted over his opponents.

Thank God that his kingdom grows: 'You delivered me from strife with the...

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Psalm 18:31-42

In these verses, David thanks God for giving victory to him and his army in one of his military campaigns. David's actions picture our spiritual warfare against our spiritual enemies.

Thank God we have a divine rock to hold us up: And who is a rock, except our God? (verse 31).

Remember that God can enable us to do difficult things: 'the God who

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Psalm 18:17-30

Thank God for his deliverances: ‘He rescued me from my strong enemy and from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the LORD was my support’ (verses 17-18).

Recall that he delights in his people: ‘He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me’ (verse 20...

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Psalm 18:1-16

Tell God that you love him: I love you, O Lord, my strength (verse 1).

Repeat to yourself what God means to you: ‘The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold’ (verse 2).

Remember the outcome of prayer: ‘I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be p...

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Psalm 17

Ask God to listen to your prayer: ‘Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry! Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit! From your presence let my vindication come! Let your eyes behold the right!’ (verses 1-2).

Thank God if you are faithful: ‘You have tried my heart, you have visited me by night, you have tested me, and you will find n...

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Psalm 16

The closing verses of this psalm are quoted by Peter in his sermon on the Day of Pentecost as applying to the resurrection of Jesus. It is not clear if verses 1-7 apply to Jesus or to David (although I would say that verse 2 indicates it was David).

Ask God for protection today: ‘Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge’ (verse 1).

Confess your...

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Psalm 15

Remember that this psalm describes Jesus perfectly and describes believers to different degrees.

Ask God searching questions: ‘O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill?’ (verse 1).

Pray for consistency inwardly and outwardly: ‘He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart’ (verse 2).


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Psalm 14

Recognise how foolish many people are and thank God for changing your heart: ‘The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is none who does good’ (verse 1).

Remember that God looks at his people: ‘The LORD looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who s...

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Psalm 13

Recognise that sometimes life is hard: ‘How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?’ (verse 1).

Tell your complaint to God: ‘How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?’ (verse 2).

Use arguments when speaking to God: ‘Consider...

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Psalm 12

Pray about the decline in the number of believers: ‘Save, O LORD, for the godly one is gone; for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man’ (verse 1).

Ask God to change the way people speak about things: ‘Everyone utters lies to his neighbour; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak. May the LORD cut off all flattering l...

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