In Psalm 30, King David shares how he had grown complacent in God’s goodness and experienced a trial as God turned his back on the king for a time. David repents and is restored by God who is gracious and quick to forgive.
In Psalm 21, King David gives thanks to God for all of his blessings, from giving him the kingship to enjoying God’s very presence. In the same way, we should give thanks for what God has done for us, from physical blessings to the promise of eternal life in Jesus Christ.
In Psalm 27, we see that God is David's light and salvation, even in light of deep personal loss. He longs to see the glory of God as revealed in the sanctuary. Today, we see God’s glory as revealed in the church, not only in Word and sacrament, but also in the fellowship we experience with God’s people.
In Psalm 17, King David cries out to God for deliverance from the enemies that surrounded him even though he had done nothing wrong. In contrast to his enemies, who had nothing to look forward to beyond this life, David rejoiced in God, who would satisfy him in this life and the next.
In Psalm 14, we discover that it is a foolish thing to create our own ideas of God in our heads. The biblical view of God is one that acknowledges his holiness and our inability to meet his standards as well as one that sees his grace offered to anyone who repents and believes.
In Psalm 6, David cries out to God for deliverance from an illness. Thought he eventually experiences deliverance, we should give ourselves permission to express our lament in the face of deliverance that will certainly come, whether in this life or the next.