The Psalms are 150 poems, or songs, right near the center of your Bible. Steeping yourself in the Psalms is a way to get to know God better. Descriptions of his goodness and grace and power are vivid and very easy to understand.
Studying Psalms is a good lead-in to studying the New testament, because the scribes of the New Testament are men who knew the Psalms from childhood up, and frequently you will find references or a quote or simply a principle of God from the Psalms in the New Testament books.
God’s direct control of creation is a primary theme of the Psalms. We can relate this to Jesus Christ in an event recorded about him. One place it is recorded is Matthew 14:22-33.
22 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.
23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.
24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.
25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.
33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.
Jesus was in command of the sea. He could literally walk on the water. He could invite a comrade to walk with him on the water. He could continue on despite wind and waves, a “boisterous” sea. Know this: if there had been a tsunami, Jesus could have walked atop it or through it as he chose! He could keep Peter from drowning when fear attacked, and when they got into the boat, you see that the sea stopped its racket. That is not a coincidence.
If jesus Christ is in command of your life, you can walk on water! Most of us don’t have occasion to literally go out and wander across the sea. That would probably be showing off, anyway, and the Lord would not permit it. But we can do it. The source of such ability is FAITH. Jesus said so. He asked Peter where his faith was. Believing God is the one way to succeed in life. The one and only way.
Learn the Psalms to grow your faith. Learn what Jesus did from his four gospels because he said we would do the same things and greater things because he ascended to the Father. The point is for all people to come to know him and believe in him; for GOOD. Not to in turn coerce or control anyone else. We believe him and we know we are loved and cherished, and we grow more and more like him, wanting everyone to share this vast and eternal life before us. “Let all that you do be done in love.” Dig through First Corinthians and you will find that statement!
God’s goodness, grace, power – and love. How can anyone live not knowing him?