Psalms Of Faith Summary

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The book, Psalms of Faith by Ray C. Stedman is about one man’s interpretation of the book of Psalms and how one can gain insight into daily living from the book itself. The themes of each chapter come from certain Psalms, such as, A Song of Foundations, which covers Psalm one, or How to Handle a Bad Conscience, which is on Psalm 51. Each one of the Psalms has its own unique meaning and personal application on how one should apply themselves in certain situations. The book of Psalms itself was written by David and includes Psalms of lament, or mourning, and Psalms of thanksgiving to the Lord in times of happiness. They were used in the Temple as praise songs and still can be today. Stedman’s application of each Psalm is correlated with how he …show more content…
Perhaps this why this chapter and these Psalms mean so much to me as I have had many down times, or “blue moods in my life, as a result of, many circumstances impacting my life on so many different fronts. My health has been attacked, my family has been attacked, my relationships to a degree have been attacked as well as many other areas of my life. Because of all of these, my mood has suffered a bit at times, but this why this chapter and these Psalms were written. Stedman uses the example of the two types of mornings one experiences. The good mornings, where jumping out of bed is easy and we are ready for the day and the ones where we simply do not want to get up and are not ready for another day. As Stedman put it, He is working out His purposes and if you hang on you will yet praise Him. What I gain is, be patient, because God will work things out for you in the end. I may know this to be true, yet it is often hard nonetheless. In the book, More Psalms for all Seasons, by David Allan Hubbard, he is referring to Psalm 22, but his application seems to fit as well, “God’s past record gives us hope in our wretched present. Our confidence now is grounded on what he did then.” What this is saying is that, we can rely on God to get us through tough times, because He has been faithful …show more content…
Life for me can be a challenge to go through at times and being a full-time college student can be difficult at times. I have many responsibilities to attend to at school. I have my reading and assignments for classes, I have my work-study and chores I have to do with my roommates, but also keep an active prayer life with devotion to God. When I look at all of these tasks, which I have not listed all, it can seem quite overwhelming. It’s at times like these where I have to turn to God for guidance and give my worries over to Him. He alone can give me the peace my body and soul long for. I have tried to do things on my own, but usually I fall short and become tired and weary in what I’m doing. At times like these I can either collapse and sink into depression, or call upon God as ask for His help and strength to guide me. This can be done through simply reading God’s Word and as Stedman puts it so beautifully, “there comes a time in each of our lives when we discover for ourselves that the ultimate refuge of any believer is in the Word of God, in what God has said.” God’s word can and should bring peace into everyday life. In the book, Treasures in the Psalms, by Henry M. Morris, he says, “yet, even in tumultuous circumstances the believer can pray to “the God of my life,” confident of His grace and

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