The Book of Psalms gives us wonderful expressions of lives lived in relationship to the Lord. Whether they are Psalms of praise, or cries for help, they address a Lord known to be near at hand and caring about individual concerns. They speak of a relationship where God is absolutely sovereign, where His will is to be sought and obeyed, yet recognizing that that path is the one leading to the best life for the Psalmists. The person “whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither– whatever they do prospers.”(Ps.1:2-3)The Psalms speak of the affairs of individuals and of nations, of the God who made us and we are His. (Ps.100) Nations today are in such a rush to create secular societies, something that would have made no sense to the Psalmists. Fair treatment and justice are important in the Psalms, but never separated from a life lived with the Lord. “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you. Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, LORD.”(Ps.89:14-15) Yes, blessed are those who have learned to acclaim You.