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Through the Psalms

Through the Psalms

By Wesley Provine
This is a journey through the Book of Psalms. In each episode, we will look at a different Psalm and discuss its background, meaning, and application. Find encouragement and comfort in God’s Word as we study the life of David and his relationship with the Lord.
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Psalm 1

Through the Psalms

Psalm 41
David describes the blessedness of those who consider the poor. He asks God for mercy and healing as he confesses his sin. He also speaks about persecution by his enemies. He again asks God for mercy, and expresses confidence in the Lord’s favor. He closes with a doxology of praise.
October 27, 2021
Psalm 40
David talks about waiting upon God and praises Him for answered prayer. This Psalm has two main parts—thanksgiving and lament. The book of Hebrews quotes verses 6-8 in referring to Christ. Psalm 70 is almost identical to verses 13-17 in this Psalm.
September 24, 2021
Psalm 39
David says he will take heed to his ways so that he will not sin with his tongue. He also reflects upon the brevity of life. He prays to God for deliverance and healing. He puts his trust in God, not in the temporary things of this world.
August 14, 2021
Psalm 38
Parental notice: This episode contains sensitive content. In this Penitential Psalm, David seeks God’s mercy, describes his guilt and misery, confesses his sin to God, and asks for God’s help.
July 4, 2021
Psalm 37
In this Psalm, David addresses the age old question, “Why do the wicked prosper while the righteous suffer?” He tells us to trust in the Lord and do good. David also encourages the listener to wait on the Lord. He says the wicked will be cut off, but the meek shall inherit the land. The introduction to this episode includes an excerpt from John Quincy Adams’ diary on the topic of Psalm 37.
May 29, 2021
Psalm 36
The motto of Columbia University comes from this Psalm. David speaks first of the wicked man. Then he switches gears to talk about the lovingkindness of God. He closes with a prayer of protection.
April 27, 2021
Psalm 35
The Reverend Jacob Duche’ read this Psalm in the First Continental Congress. John Adams was so moved by it and the following prayer that he mentioned it in a letter to his wife, Abigail. In this imprecatory psalm, David prays for God to fight against his enemies and pursue them. David, in the midst of this persecution, finds joy in the Lord and gives Him thanks.
March 18, 2021
Psalm 34
David blesses the Lord for delivering him from trouble. David encourages people to taste and see the goodness of the Lord. David teaches us what he has learned, which includes how to have life and see good days. Finally, David contrasts how the Lord deals with the righteous and the wicked.
February 12, 2021
Psalm 33
This unattributed praise psalm (David probably wrote it) speaks of the importance of praising the Lord through music and singing because of his righteousness, truth, justice, creation, and mercy. It also reminds us to make sure that our trust is in the Lord and not in human strength or military might.
January 15, 2021
Psalm 32
David describes the blessedness of forgiveness that can be ours when we confess our sins to God. God surrounded David with songs of deliverance and mercy. This is one of the seven Penitential Psalms or Psalms of Confession.
December 11, 2020
Psalm 31
David trusts in God and prays for deliverance as he deals with enemies, physical suffering, and slander. He praises God for his goodness and faithfulness. He closes the psalm with an admonition to be of good courage.
November 26, 2020
Psalm 30
David praises God for deliverance from his enemies, for healing, for turning his mourning into dancing, and for taking off his sackcloth and girding him with gladness. David also reminds us that while weeping may endure for the night, joy comes in the morning.
October 16, 2020
Psalm 29
David urges us to worship the Lord and give glory unto Him. The power of the voice of the Lord is discussed in relation to the storms of nature. David concludes this psalm with a precious promise of God’s blessing in the form of strength and peace.
September 25, 2020
Psalm 28
David prays to God for deliverance and for punishment of the wicked. Then he rejoices and praises God for answered prayer. He concludes by asking God to save, bless, shepherd, and carry His people.
September 4, 2020
Psalm 27
David declares that the Lord is his light and salvation. He expresses confidence in the Lord as his enemies surround him. He tells of his desire to dwell in the house of the Lord, to behold his beauty, and to inquire in his temple. He asks God for mercy and deliverance. He seeks God’s face. He trusts in the goodness of the Lord and urges listeners to wait upon the Lord.
August 21, 2020
Psalm 26
David prays that God would vindicate and examine him in light of unfair treatment by wicked people. David talks about how he has walked in truth and hates evildoers. He tells of his love for God’s house, and he asks for redemption and mercy. He concludes with praise to God.
August 7, 2020
Psalm 25
David lifts up his soul to God in prayer, and he asks for deliverance from his enemies, mercy and pardon for his sins, and guidance and direction in the way he should go. He closes with a plea that integrity and uprightness would preserve him and that God would redeem Israel out of all his troubles.
July 31, 2020
Psalm 24
The last of the Shepherd Psalms, Psalm 24 asks, “Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord?” David also asks, “Who is this King of Glory?” The background of the Psalm is probably when David took the ark of the Lord up to Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6). Christians see in this psalm the Ascension of Christ to heaven.
July 15, 2020
Psalm 23
Psalm 23 is one of the most beloved passages in all of the Bible. David, a shepherd himself, describes the Lord as his shepherd. He outlines how the Lord provides, protects, and cares for his sheep. This psalm also describes the Lord as a host at a dinner. It concludes with the twin blessings of goodness and mercy as David says he will dwell in the House of the Lord forever.
July 10, 2020
Psalm 22
In Psalm 22, we have an amazing prophetic description of Christ’s death on the cross. The latter part of the psalm discusses Christ’s future reign over all the earth.
July 3, 2020
Psalm 21
The Lord is praised for the victory He has given to the king; and how He has answered his prayers and given him his heart’s desires.
June 26, 2020
Psalm 20
The people pray that God would give King David victory in battle, grant his heart’s desires, and make all his plans succeed. We are reminded to put our trust in the name of the Lord our God and not in horses and chariots.
June 10, 2020
Psalm 19
David reflects on the glory of God, first through the creation, and then by the law of the Lord. He concludes with a series of prayers to be pleasing to God.
June 4, 2020
Psalm 18
David praises the Lord for deliverance from his enemies. He calls the Lord his Rock, Fortress, Deliverer, his God, Strength, Shield, Strength of his Salvation, and his High Tower.
May 27, 2020
Psalm 17
David prays for God to deliver him from his enemies, keep him as the apple of the eye, and hide him under the shadow of His wings. David also anticipates when he will see God’s face.
May 21, 2020
Psalm 16
A psalm about the joys of the believer in life and the hope of the believer in death. The last three verses are a messianic prophecy that deal with the resurrection of Christ.
May 17, 2020
Psalm 15
David asks and answers two questions concerning, Who may dwell in God’s sanctuary or holy hill?
May 10, 2020
Psalm 14
David describes the wicked who live as atheists. After describing these people, David expresses his longing for the Messiah who will deliver Israel. The Apostle Paul quoted this Psalm in Romans 3:10-12 as he described the universal depravity of mankind.
May 3, 2020
Psalm 13
David asks, “How long...” will the Lord hide his face and his enemies be exalted over him? He asks God to hear him and lighten his eyes. Then he trusts in God’s mercy, rejoices in his salvation, and sings to the Lord because God deals bountifully with him.
April 22, 2020
Psalm 12
David asks God for help because the godly seem to have disappeared in his society, and the wicked are oppressing the poor and needy. David falls back upon the pure words of the Lord for a sure foundation.
April 16, 2020
Psalm 11
David trusts in the Lord while he is being persecuted by wicked men. As he laments the fact that the foundations are destroyed, he remembers that the Lord is in his holy temple. David also discusses the judgment of the wicked and the righteousness of God.
April 9, 2020
Psalm 10
The Psalmist wrestles with the problem of the prosperity of the wicked and the oppression of the poor. He concludes that the Lord is king forever and will eventually punish the wicked and hear the cries of the fatherless and oppressed.
April 2, 2020
Psalm 9
David praises God for deliverance and protection from his enemies. God is described as the righteous judge over the whole Earth. David describes God as a refuge for the oppressed. David also asks God for mercy. Finally, he asks God to arise and judge the heathen, or the Gentile nations.
March 26, 2020
Psalm 8
David praises God and reflects upon the wonders of the creation. He then turns to the honor which God bestows upon mankind and describes mankind’s dominion over creation. David concludes by again praising God.
March 19, 2020
Psalm 7
David prays to God for deliverance from his enemies; he describes how God is angry with the wicked; and finally David praises God for his righteousness.
March 14, 2020
Psalm 6
David asks God for mercy and healing, and he describes his suffering and sorrow that were the result of his sin. David expresses confidence that the Lord has heard his prayers and will deliver him from his enemies.
March 5, 2020
Psalm 5
David asks God to hear his prayer in the morning. He contrasts the wicked and the righteous, and he says he will go to the Lord’s house to worship in mercy and fear. David asks for guidance and also for destruction of his enemies. David concludes by talking about the joy, protection, and favor with which God blesses believers.
February 28, 2020
Psalm 4
David prays to God for relief and mercy. He admonishes us to be still and trust in the Lord. Finally, he shows us how God gives us joy, peace, and security.
February 19, 2020
Psalm 3
We’ll talk about when King David fled Jerusalem as his son Absalom stole his throne. David looked to God for help and found comfort in his salvation.
February 12, 2020
Psalm 2
In this episode, we’ll discuss the nations’ rebellion against God, God’s response, Christ’s reign, and David’s admonition to the rulers of the earth to submit to the Son of God.
February 5, 2020
Psalm 1
This episode gives a brief overview of the Book of Psalms and also examines Psalm 1 and the lessons it has for us.
January 29, 2020
January 28, 2020
January 28, 2020