This past week, I have been going through the psalms. The psalms are fascinating and deserve a thorough study. I have taken sections and compiled a few of them. Although there are psalms of rejoicing and praising, there are numerous psalms dealing with sorrow, suffering, and distress. Many ask for wisdom and guidance to do God's will during times of troubles as well as salvation and redemption from oppression and from enemies. The oppressive enemy could be a troubling situation or circumstance, not an actual person.
One of the main themes is "teach me to do Your will" or "Give me wisdom and understanding so that I may do Your will." Discord and strife, both internal and external, come from actions that are not aligned with God - what people do to us, what occurs within us, and what is done by us. During times of trouble and distress, believers sometimes have difficulty finding the right course of action, so they need wisdom and understanding to pull through. God is our Creator. As the Creator, He understands what is best for us. Thus, we need the wisdom to do His will for us will, and this wisdom will make life easier.
There is also a great emphasis on the human soul in the psalms. Because these are the main themes, I have taken bits of many and compiled them together into one for a cohesive sampling.
Preface of the New King James translation says "The covenant name of God was usually translated as LORD. In going back, I decided to replace LORD with YHWH, which is how it would originally read. YHWH or Yahweh comes from an acronym of sorts for "I Am Who I Am." I particularly like Augustine referring to God in this statement "He Who Is." For the Jews, YHWH is by Himself without a Trinity. For Christians, we can consider YHWH to be God the Father within the Trinity.
. Psalm 61: 1-3, 5
Hear my cry O God;Attend to my prayer
From the end of the earth, I will cry to You
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.For You have been a shelter for me,
A strong tower from the enemy.For You O God have heard my vows;
You have given me the heritage of those who fear Your name.
How long shall I take counsel in my soul,
having sorrow in my heart daily?How long will my enemy be exalted over me?
Consider and hear me O YHWH my God;Enlighten my eyes,
Lest I sleep the death
Psalm 119:25, 30-34
Revive me according to Your word
I have chosen the way of truth;Your judgments I have set out before me
I cling to your testimonies;O YHWH, do not put me to shame!
I will run the course of Your commandments.
For You shall enlarge my heart.
Give me understanding, and I shall do Your will
Indeed, I shall observe Your ways with my whole heart..
Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning
For in You I do trustCause me to know the way in which I should walk
For I lift up my soul to YouDeliver me O YHWH from my enemies;
In You I take shelterTeach me to do Your willFor You are my God
Your Spirit is goodLead me in the land of uprightness
Revive me O YHWH for Your name's sake!
For Your righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble
YHWH, my heart is not haughty, not my eyes lofty
Neither do I concern myself with great matters
Nor with things too profound for meSurely, I have calmed and quieted my soul,
Like a weaned child with his motherLike a weaned child is my soul within me
O Israel hope in YHWHFrom this time forth and forever
Oh, give thanks to YHWH for He is good
For His mercy endures foreverLet the redeemed of YHWH say so
Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemyAnd gathered out of the lands
From the east and from the west
From the north and from the south
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me,
Then, You knew my pathIn the way which I walk
Behold how good and how pleasant it is
For brethren to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious oil upon my head,It is like fresh rain
upon the mountains of ZionFor there YHWH commanded the blessing -