C.H. Spurgeon, one of the late, great expositors of the scriptures, had it absolutely right when he referred to the Psalms as “The Treasury of David.”
The Psalms are nothing short of a treasure trove, crammed with priceless revelations. Studying the Psalms in great detail, a few years ago, profoundly altered my walk with God. Can I tell you why I love this book so much?
When I open the pages of the Psalms and begin to read, in no time at all, I come across dazzling verses, which radically change my perspective. Life-giving, soul-restoring verses which give me a glimpse of how BIG God really is.
“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your Name, in all the earth…When I consider the heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars which You have set in place…”
Boom! Right then and there, as I’m washing the dishes and gazing out of my kitchen window, watching the colours of the setting sun lighting up the evening sky, I’m reminded that the sun, the moon, and countless billions of stars are the work of God’s fingers.
According to Wikipedia, there are an estimated 1-2 trillion galaxies in the observable universe.
Hang on – rewind that a minute. Not 1-2 trillion stars. Nope. 1-2 trillion GALAXIES. This is insane! The Milky Way Galaxy alone could have up to 2 billion stars or more. You can try and do the maths if you like, but frankly, who can fathom such a number?
Or how about these verses:
“By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth, all their host. He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deeps in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the Lord, let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him, for He spoke, and it was done, He commanded and it stood fast.”
Do you know anyone else that speaks stars and planets into motion? Who says Let there be light – and light comes forth.
Do you know anyone else, of whom it can be said:
The earth is the Lord’s and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it. For he has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the rivers” (Psalm 24 1-2)
“For every beast of the forest is Mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird of the mountains, and everything that moves in the field is Mine.” (Psalm 50:10)
“O Lord, how many are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your possessions. There is the sea, great and broad, in which are swarms without number, animals both small and great.” (Psalm 104:24)
Meditating on scriptures such as these washes away the dust from my weary soul. Verses like these soften my sin-hardened heart and begin to draw worship from deep within my spirit. Why? Because they cause me to set my mind on God’s glory – not my own. They enable me to shift my perspective, lifting my eyes heavenward – away from me, myself and I – towards an Almighty Father-God who is so much bigger than me – so much greater than my problems.
They reveal to me something of God’s grandeur – His awesome might and power. They teach my heart to fear His name.
The Psalms are indeed a treasury – crammed with wonderful gems. If you want to be a better worshipper, learn from David. He knew how to behold God’s glory.
If you’re feeling dry, or lacking in zeal, may I encourage you to dip into the Psalms today…You’re bound to come across a priceless verse that dazzles you – like holding a multi-faceted diamond in the palm of your hand, reflecting a glimpse – just a glimpse of God’s infinite glory.
If you don’t know where to start, I whole-heartedly recommend Phil Moore’s wonderful Commentary to help you – it will nourish your spirit.
Praise God for the Psalms!