Application of Psalms 



        1) When you are distressed, confused, afraid, or hurt, or when you need to talk with Someone who will understand, turn to             Psalms. With the psalmist, be still (cease striving) and know that He is God.

        2) Think about the practical value of Psalms and let it serve as your primary counselor when you need wisdom and                        understanding. Remember, blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, but whose delight is in                the law of the Lord, and who meditates in that law day and night (see Psalm 1).

        3) Have you thought about ending each day as the the book of Psalms ends-with a psalm of praise? "Let the godly ones                exult in glory:; let them sing for joy on their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth ... Let everything that has             breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!" (Psalms 149:5-6; 150:6). Try it and see what God does.




Psalm Themes of Application



Theme

Explanation

Importance

Praise

Psalms are songs of praise to God as our Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer. Praise is recognizing, appreciating, and expressing God’s greatness.  

Focusing our thoughts on God moves us to praise him. The more we know him, the more we can appreciate what he has done for us.

God’s power

God is all-powerful; and he always acts at the right time. He is sovereign over every situation. God’s power is shown by the ways he reveals himself in creation, history, and his Word.

When we feel powerless, God can help us. His strength can overcome the despair of any pain or trial. We can always pray that he will deliver, protect, and sustain us.

Forgiveness

Many psalms are intense prayers asking God for forgiveness. God forgives us when we confess our sin and turn from it.  

Because God forgives us we can pray to him honestly and directly. When we receive his forgiveness, we move from alienation to intimacy from guilt to love.  

Thankfulness

We are grateful to God for his personal concern, help, and mercy. Not only does he protect, guide, and forgive us, but his creation provides everything we need.

When we realize how we benefit from knowing God, we can fully express our thanks to him. By thanking him often, we develop spontaneity in our prayer life.   

Trust

God is faithful and just. When we put our trust in him, he quiets our hearts. Because he has been faithful throughout history, we can trust him in times of trouble.

People can be unfair and friends may desert us. But we can trust God. Knowing God intimately drives away doubt, fear and loneliness.