Saturday, January 1, 2011

Psalms 1 and 2

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalm 1 & Psalm 2. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage. SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Psalm 1 compares “the wicked”  (those who do not care to follow God) with “the righteous” (followers of Jesus).
  • When the Psalmist writes that “the righteous” “delight in the law of the Lord” and “meditate day and night” on it he means that a true follower of Jesus will find joy in following what the Bible says and will want to read and think about it often.
  • Psalm 2 can be a bit confusing but if we view it from the vantage point of the writer of Psalm 2 it may help. Psalm 2 is written by the king of Israel. It is a warning to leaders of God’s chosen people to follow him and not the ways other nations lead.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • We can take application from where it says “blessed are all who take refuge in him (Jesus).”
  • Did you notice that in Psalm 1 we are told to delight in following God’s ways for our lives? We are also told to read and think about the Bible often. The Bible is where we find out how God wants us to live.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • In Psalm 2 we are told that we are considered “blessed” when we take refuge in Jesus. Not blessed in the sense of not having any struggles or pain in life but blessed in the sense of having a safe place to go to find peace. Let’s face it, we all need a safe place to rest from time to time and how cool is it that Jesus wants to be that place for us!

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