JM’s Journal: The Biggest Lesson I Learned from Reading the Book of Psalms


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The Biggest Lesson I Learned from Reading the Book of Psalms

Praise, Praise, and More Praise to God Who is Holy, All-Powerful, and Majestic

by J.M. Troppello


If you’ve been reading my articles for a while, you may have read that I’ve been reading through the book of Psalms in my daily devotional time. I just finished reading the last Psalm today.


While I live I will praise the Lord; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. (Psalm 146:2, NKJV)

I learned so much by consistently reading through one book of the Bible. I’ve always loved to read the Psalms. However, in reading them through each day until I finished the entire book, I gained a deeper understanding of this powerful book.

I will extol You, my God, O King; And I will bless Your name forever and ever. 2 Every day I will bless You, And I will praise Your name forever and ever. 3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; And His greatness is unsearchable.
(Psalm 145:1-3, NKJV)

One main thing that helped enhance my insight of the Psalms was reading through the NKJV version and also reading through the notes for each verse in the Thomas Nelson Study Bible.


It’s good to read the Bible each day.


That’s necessary for spiritual growth as a Christian.


However, diving deeper into the Bible by using study notes can give you even more invaluable insight into God’s Word. Then applying that message to your life enables you to begin living more victoriously as a Christian.


Of course, I’m not advocating that you read the NKJV or that you use the Thomas Nelson Study Bible. I’m only sharing that once I started using both, my devotional time has been so much better.


I only began using that study Bible a few years ago. It is one of the Bibles that my husband bought years before we were married. We’ve been married for 18 years now. And as I mentioned, I only started using it a few years ago.


I had been missing out on so much.


Sure, I read a passage daily during my devotional time. I read related verses as listed in my own NKJV Bible. I would go down rabbit trails learning about new things as I read those related verses.


Yet, reading the notes from the study Bible has helped me to understand deeper meanings to the verses I read each day.


Praise, Praise, and More Praise


The biggest lesson I’ve learned from reading through the Book of Psalms is that you need to praise God each day. Praise Him for who He is. Praise God for His wonderful creation. Worship God for being omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent.


Praise the Lord!
Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament!
2 Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!
3 Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! 4 Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! 5 Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals!
6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord!
(Psalm 150:1-6, NKJV)

He truly is all-knowing, all-present, and all-powerful.


Even if God never answered another one of my prayers, I would still have many reasons to praise Him. I don’t come by that conclusion lightly. I’ve only come to that conclusion recently after 33 years as a Christian.


Praise can do the following things:


  • Pleases God that you are focusing on Him.

  • Opens your eyes to see God and not your problems.

  • Cultivates joy in your life even through the pain.

  • Helps you live victoriously while you wait for God to move.


Become More of a Worshipper of God


I’ve always loved to worship and praise God.


I’ve enjoyed participating in the weekly Sunday morning worship services and the monthly Sunday evening praise services. I have loved my times of personal worship of God.


Yet, after reading the Book of Psalms and using that study Bible, my spiritual eyes have been open to a new mindset about the importance of praise and worship.


I’m excited to start my journey of reading through the book of Proverbs during my daily devotional time now. I’ll keep you posted on what I’ve learned.



Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.

 

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JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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