What does it say?
David wrote Psalm 25 as one troubled and in need of fresh connection with God’s love. Under attack from enemies and his own conscience, he cries out to God. While the specific setting of Psalm 25 is unknown, Psalm 29 speaks of a mighty thunderstorm as “the voice of God.” Some think David may be celebrating the rains the finally came after a three-year drought described in 2Sam 21.
Psalm 33 has no title or author ascribed, but, as it is placed between psalms of David, many suppose it to be his as well. It is a psalm of praise to the God of providence and creation that simply calls upon God’s people to praise him. A psalm of David, Psalm 36 contrasts the wicked with the sure mercy of God and ends with a prayer of the psalmist to not fall prey to evil. Penned by David under unknown circumstances, Psalm 39 speaks of a time when he feared for his life and held back expressing his fears and emotions. Here, he professes his hope in God asking for deliverance.
What does it mean?
Everyone knows those anguished moments under attack by others and the gnawing inner conscience that seems to side at times with one’s enemies. Psalm 25 is a guide for such times to cry out to God for a fresh dose of mercy and truth (25:10). Imagine the first strong thunderstorm of spring and think of it as God reawakening his creation. Then make application as to how the voice of God thunders in life’s storms.
New experiences with God call for new songs, and this is the focus of Psalm 33. It is an exhortation to praise God, gives us the reasons to praise him and the purpose of our praise. Psalm 36:5-10 is the heart of the psalm that directs us to God’s protection and nourishment in a world of wickedness. What to do when fearful to even express your fears? Psalm 39 is a great model of transparency with God.
How will I respond?
Which of these three psalms matches my heart today? What is the verse or statement in that psalm that most clearly speaks into my life? What will I do in response?