Often we go through life with a low sense of spiritual vitality, because our days are consumed with secular pursuits. We do not realize how spiritually hungry we are. However, God uses chaos, calamities, and contagions to bring us to a crisis point. These emotional earthquakes break down our defenses and open us up to the Lord. Psalm 63 is written during such a crisis point in David's life that opened him up to the Lord and revitalized his spiritual life.
Psalm 15 deals with the moral and ethical qualifications which determine who can worship the Lord. It lists ten characteristics of the person who is fit to worship the Lord. The purpose of this list is to remind people to examine themselves before worshiping. It’s important to note that Psalm 15 is not a prescription for being saved but a description of how saved people ought to live if they want to worship God.
We are facing multiple crisis at one time: a global pandemic, fluctuating financial markets, political turmoil, and social upheaval. One crisis is enough to deal with but when presented with multiple crises, they begin to take an emotional and mental toll. Many are looking for help but unfortunately as they are looking for help in all the wrong places. Our help is not going to come from politicians, entertainers, media personalities, talk show hosts, or self-help guru. Psalm 121 presents the only One who can help when the going gets tough.
Psalm 27 is a prayer of hope written in a time of crisis. David, the psalmist, was surrounded by the wicked, by enemies, and by foes. He was facing an opposing army and the threat of war on the horizon. Yet, David had a singleminded hope in God that helps him to overcome his distress.
Much like Israel, in Psalm 80, the United States is in a period of spiritual apathy and gross sin. The embracing of moral anarchy, in this nation, has produced abortions, additions, child abuse, sexual exploitation, greed, lust, materialism, homosexuality, and violence. As a result, there is a renewed call to repent. God's people must pray for restoration and revival. We must weep over the condition of this nation and cry out to God to deliver us.