PSALMIC THEMES 4
Thebook of Psalms is one of the longest and broadest volumes in theBible. It consists of anthology poems, wisdom literature, andprayers concerning the Israelites and God. It is also different fromother books in the Old Testament, which are mainly about God talkingto His people (Psalms and work, n.d). The book is not a narrative,but one that mirrors the joys and struggle of people today. Thereare 150 chapters in Psalms, and each closes with either a praise songor a doxology.
Psalm1 explains about personal integrity, and this is one of the topicsthroughout the whole book. It shows how one should live as he or sheworks and looks for success in life. In one of the verses, it states,“They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield theirfruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that theydo, they prosper” (Psalms 1:3). The people who thrive are thosethat do their work ethically. However, even individuals who gothrough suffering, despite upholding morals at their workplace, mustcontinue praying and God will bless them (Psalms and work, n.d).
Nonetheless,the truth is that those who have integrity do well in their job. Bydoing the right thing, they work wisely, and God’s blessings arealways with them. In essence, the chapter explores the two ways oflife open to everyone. One can choose happiness, blessings, andfruitfulness by obeying God. The other is sadness, curse, andjudgment by going against the teachings of God (Psalms and work,n.d). Psalm 1 mostly describes the blessings and privileges of peoplewho serve God faithfully.
Psalms2 focuses on King David who writes to show that rebelling against Godis foolishness. “Serve the Lord with fear, with trembling, kiss hisfeet, or he will be angry, and you will perish in the way for hiswrath is quickly kindled. Happy are all who have taken refuge in him”(Psalm 2:11-12). However, the volume is not just about the King, asit also shows the relationship between his life and that of JesusChrist. The chapter can be described as messianic as it talks about aredeemer who would come in the future, as well as discusses hisattributes. Jesus fulfills the prophecy because he originates fromthe lineage of David (Psalms and work, n.d). During his time as theking, David faced rebellion from Syrians and Ammonites. In the sameway, people revolted against Jesus when he came into the world.Furthermore, in Psalm 2: 4-9, the sovereignty of God is evident.However, God is slow to punish those who rebel against Him, eventhough he is all-powerful. “He who sits in the heavens laughs, theLord scoffs at them” (Psalm 2:4). The Lord wants them to leavetheir evil ways and repent. He has a plan for humankind, so he givesthem time to submit while it is still possible. Therefore, peoplecan disobey God and perish, or submit unto Him and enjoy Hisblessings (Psalms and work, n.d).
Psalm25 is about God’s guidance in people’s work. Human life requiresone to make choices. Asking God for guidance before making anydecision should be compulsory according to Psalm 25:12, which states,“Who are they that fear the Lord? He will teach them the way thatthey should choose" (Psalm 25:12). To know the ways of God, onemust read the Holy Bible regularly. The chapter talks of God’scovenant and decrees. “The paths of the Lord are steadfast love andfaithfulness for those who keep His covenant and decrees” (Psalm25:10). It verse emphasize about loving and being honest with God toget His guidance. Furthermore, Psalm 25:15 states, “My eyes areever toward the Lord.” The verse implies that everyone should focushis or her attention to God so that He can provide solutions to alllife challenges. Overall, the chapter shows that every individualneeds God’s help concerning his or her calling or occupation(Psalms and work, n.d).
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