The Psalms can be a source of great encouragement. David and the other authors expressed so well the range of human emotions as the poured out their hearts to God.
But there’s more to it than that! Have you ever read through a passage and thought about how it describes future events? Here are two encouraging examples I found recently.
Psalm 46:1-3 points to Revelation 16:17-20.
“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!” (Psalm 46:1-3, NLT)
“Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air. And a might shout came from the throne in the Temple, saying, “It is finished!” Then the thunder crashed and rolled, and lightning flashed. And a great earthquake struck—the worst since people were placed on the earth. The great city of Babylon split into three sections, and the cities of many nations fell into heaps of rubble. So God remembered all of Babylon’s sins, and he made her drink the cup that was filled with the wine of his fierce wrath. And every island disappeared, and all the mountains were leveled.” (Revelationi 16:17-20)
When that terrible day comes, God will be our refuge. We need not fear the final events of Earth.
Psalm 36:7-9 points to Revelation 22:1-5.
“How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings. You feed them from the abundance of your own house, letting them drink from your river of delights. For you are the fountain of life, the light by which we see.” (Psalm 36:7-9, NLT)
“Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used as medicine to heal the nations.
No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship him. And they will see his face, and his name will be written on their foreheads. And there will be no night there—no need for lamps or sun—for the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign forever.” (Revelation 22:1-5, NLT)
The author of the Psalm pointed toward the beauty of Heaven and the New Jerusalem. What an encouraging corroboration!
And that’s just a sample. In writing this I spotted another prophetic reference. Praise God for his consistent encouragements in the Bible!