Barry Parish Church

25th July 2023

Be Still and Know - The Blessing Of The Psalms




Psalm 149:4-5


As we read through the book of Psalms, we see that they are full of declarations of how great God is. They constantly remind us that he is the creator of heaven and earth, and is therefore worthy of all our worship and praise. But we also learn a great deal about God’s understanding of us. Even though he knows absolutely everything about us, he looks at us with love and delights in us. He honours us. No wonder the psalmist says that God’s people sing for joy as they lie on their beds. I love that! He is saying that we can praise God wherever we are. As we relax at the end of the day, we can do so joyfully. We can sleep peacefully and calmly because we are in God’s hands. The blessing of the psalms is that they are constantly pushing the boundaries. However great you think God is, the psalmists want you to know that he is much, much greater. But, at the same time, the psalmists also want you to understand that you are more loved, accepted and treasured than you ever imagined. The psalms have come to us from a very distant world. But the important issues that they address are largely unchanged. That’s why it’s so good to spend regular time with the psalms and to make them a foundational part of our worship. And, having done so, we can retire to our beds and sing for joy until our eyelids close on another day.



In what ways are the psalms important to you?



Loving Father, thank you for the blessing of the psalms. I pray that I will constantly have a greater understanding and appreciation of your majesty, wisdom and love. Amen

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