Mo 5/22Tu 5/23We 5/24Th 5/25Fr 5/26Sa 5/27Su 5/28
Num. 31
Pss. 75–76
Num. 32
Ps. 77
Num. 33
Ps. 78:1–39
Num. 34
Ps. 78:40–72
Num. 35
Ps. 79
Num. 36
Ps. 80
Deut. 1
Pss. 81–82

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

All of our Psalms this week are Psalms “of Asaph.” Asaph was a Levite from among the sons of Gershom, and he was one of the chief musicians appointed by David to lead the worship of the Tabernacle. (Side note: This gives us a clue that there were many jobs related to Tabernacle worship which a Levite could perform, many of which extended far beyond just setting up and tearing down the Tabernacle structure, hangings, and furniture.)

Asaph has a distinct style of writing and some common themes throughout his Psalms (of which there are a total of twelve: Psalms 50; 73–83). Here are a few themes to keep your eyes out for as you read Asaph’s inspired poetry this week:

  • The goodness of God’s righteous judgment, including the condemnation of the wicked and the vindication of the righteous. See especially Psalms 75 and 76.
  • Recounting God’s mighty acts in behalf of His people, especially delivering them from their enemies. See especially Psalms 77 and 78.
  • God as the shepherd of His people. See especially Psalms 78 and 80.
  • God’s discipline of His people because of their disobedience. See especially Psalms 78 and 81.
  • The apparent prosperity of the wicked and their seeming triumph over the chosen people of God. See especially Psalms 79 and 80.
  • Appeals that God would remember His people and His promises to them. See especially Psalms 79 and 80.
  • God’s glory among the nations and His supremacy over their gods. See especially Psalms 81 and 82.

VERSE TO MEDITATE ON

O LORD God of hosts, restore us;

Cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved.

—Psalm 80:19

HOW TO PRAY

  • Adoration – Praise God for His condemnation of the wicked and His vindication of the righteous.
  • Confession – Ask God to forgive your sins for His name’s sake. (Ps. 79:9)
  • Thanksgiving – Give thanks to God, for His name is near. (Ps. 75:1)
  • Supplication – Ask for God to remember His chosen people and deliver them from the apparent triumph of the wicked in our land and around the world.

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This post by Alex McNeilly

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved.

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