As individual units, the Psalms sometimes take up as their theme an attribute of the LORD, as though the Psalmist took up his pen and, meditating on one quality of the LORD’s nature or character, put this contemplation to verse. Each of our Psalms today seems to focus on one of these qualities.
The theme of Psalm 32 is the LORD’s forgiveness: I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD," and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. In 33, it’s the LORD’s power: By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host. He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap; he puts the deeps in storehouses.
Psalm 34 focuses on the LORD’s attentiveness: This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles. And Psalm 35 reminds us that He is the ultimate Judge: Vindicate me, O LORD, my God, according to your righteousness, and let them not rejoice over me!
In Psalm 36, the LORD is constant, dependable: Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. In fact look for the number of times the word “steadfast” appears here. And in Psalm 37, He is trustworthy. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.
Notice, as we often have, that the primary subject of the Bible is the LORD. Though the Psalms are drawn from the prayers and experiences of their writers, and though they are infused with creativity and artistic flourish, their purpose is to grab our attention and direct it beyond them, to see and worship the LORD Himself.
Our verses for this week are Galatians 5:22-23: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Psalms 32 through 37. Now let’s read it!
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.