God Through The Psalms
pertinent question is whether anyone can fully understand God at all for His
ways are not our ways neither are His thoughts, our thoughts, Isaiah 55:8. The
reason is that He is a complex being. You cannot read Him as you can read men.
The great Pastor, Missionary and intellectual, Paul the Apostle makes it clear:
the depth of His riches both
the wisdom and knowledge of
How unsearchable are His
and His ways past
out, Rom. 11:33
the Almighty, we cannot
Him out: He is excellent in power,
in judgment and in plenty of
He will not afflict, Job 37:33
would not afflict but if He wants to, if you offend him, 2Sam. 12:7-14, or He
wants to try your faith, to prove your loyalty, Job 1:8-12. He might do so. Yet
God is neither wicked nor unmerciful Ex. 34:6. Rather he delights in showing
mercy sometimes to those who, in human terms, do not deserve it, Isaiah 45:1-4
is why no one can claim to fully understand this God, Jer 9:23 and 24, although
He wants us to know Him.
one way of increasing our knowledge and understanding of Him is through the
Psalms. Most of them were written by David the songwriter, the sweet psalmist
of Israel, 2 Sam 23:1. In Psalm 8 David teaches humility in a way that men of
power and influence should learn a thing or two:
What is man that
mindful of him?
And the son
of man that thou
For thou hast
a little lower
than the angels
and hast crowned
him with glory
thou madest him
to have dominion
over the works
thy hands: thou
all things under
his feet, Ps. 8:3-6
is familiar with Genesis or He is inspired directly from heaven while writing
this Psalm. Or how else could he raise the issue of Adam’s initial dominion
over God’s creation on earth? He was made a little lower than the angels
although at the end of time the redeemed man would judge the angels, a
development that David did not forsee, I Cor. 6:3,
139 celebrates the power of the Almighty especially in relation to his created
being. No human can hide from him because He knows it all.
shall I go from thy spirit?
wither shall I flee from thy presence?
I ascend into heaven, thou at there.
I make my bed in hell behold thou art there.
I take wings of the morning and dwell in the
parts of the sea.
there shall thy hand lead me,
thy right hand shall hold me. Ps. 139:7-10
Psalm 138, verse 2 he says of God
thou has magnified thy word above thy name”
in vs 6, he says
the Lord be high yet hath he respect unto the
but the proud he knoweth afar off,
echo of Proverbs 3:34, James 4:6.
on David the leading psalmist but, this time, the writer is Maschil of Ethan
that God used to confirm His love for, and commitment to King David in Ps. 89.
I have found
David my servant,
with my Holy oil
have I anointed him;
With whom my
hand shall be established
mine arm also
shall strengthen him..., vs 20-27
is God, faithful, committed to His covenant unwaveringly. If David or any of
his successors failed him He would apply his rod as He did to David (2Sam
12:7-12). Yet He would not break His covenant especially to an otherwise loyal
and repentant David (Ps. 105 vs 15; Ps 51) because His Word is His bond, Isaiah
5:11. Although the monarchy is no longer in place in Israel, spiritually David
is still King, Rev. 22:16. God fulfils His promises, come rain or shine, Num
David wrote most of the Psalms there were other composers who eulogise God and
His limitless power. Moses the Lawgiver sings of the everlastingness of God
compared to the brevity of human life, Ps. 90:1-6
the Psalms deepen our understanding of God as creator, His Almightiness (Ps.
147:5&6), His tender mercies (Ps 23), His readiness to forgive the
repenting sinner (Psalm 130) His matchless wisdom (Ps. 104:24) and many