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English 2 Lesson 20: Discuss some of the reasons offered in the Psalms for long-term optimism

There are many ways that the psalms teach us to be joyful or at least optimistic. Firstly, there are a couple of psalms that teach us of how powerful God is and how he’s in control over everything. This verse tells us about the power of God in nature: “The voice of the Lord is over the waters; The God of glory thunders; The Lord is over many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; The voice of the Lord is full of majesty. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars, Yes, the Lord splinters the cedars of Lebanon. He makes them also skip like a calf, Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox. The voice of the Lord divides the flames of fire. The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth, And strips the forests bare; And in His temple everyone says, ‘Glory!'” Through the centuries, people have responded to God in the beauties of nature and leave many in awe of God’s power. 

A lot of people (myself included) have been inspired and look up to king David. One of many writers that wrote the book of psalms was actually David himself. He is quite a well known song writer, singer, musical instrument player, and an influencer during his times. Most importantly, he’s a man of God. Whenever he would commit a sin, David would immediately acknowledge his wrongdoings to God. God would then forgive David and when he does, David sings to the lord to show Gods mercy and grace upon him. In Psalm 3 it tells us of how in times of fear David knows and trusts that God will take care of him and his people. This is inspiring because most people would panic over serious situations, but David remained calm and trusted God.

Psalms not only show how other people came to optimistic way of thinking, but it’s trying to tell us that you should always thank God and turn to him in any situation. Whether you’re having a good day or you’re not having a good day. Even if you are having the best day of your life thank God for that day or whenever you feel down and there’s no hope for you, turn to God, tell him how you’re feeling. No matter what you do, where you are, God is always watching and making sure that we can live a life with a purpose. God is not only merciful but he is also a God of justice. He will punish any evil and praise those who are righteous. When his people ask for God’s help he will assist. God never leaves his people or anyone in general.

Not just some, but (in my opinion) all Psalms give us various reasons to trust in God and to not worry. Although things may seem to be bad in the short-term, to the point of death, fear not for God keeps us safe ’til the very end.  We do hear more about these optimistic things and God’s doing throughout the bible, but I think that Psalms put more thought and detail in the writings.

That’s all for this essay I hope you enjoyed reading it. Have a great rest of your day, I’ll post more later, until then, see you later!

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