Saturday, January 22, 2011

Psalms 8 and 9

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalm 8 & Psalm 9. 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 8 was written by King David and it’s a great one! He starts off describing how awesome God is and how He made everything. 
  • Notice how in verse 4 the author wrote: “what is man that you are mindful of him . . .” First, the word “man” is often simply universal in the Bible to refer to humankind. But the author just finished talking about how awesome God is, how he created everything, and then David has this moment of clarity where he realizes just how small we are. Why would a God who can create everything be mindful of each individual? He must think we are pretty special.
  • In Psalm 9 David tells us of God’s protection. Verse 9 is my favorite in this chapter. The idea that the Creator of the universe is a refuge for the oppressed is beautiful.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God really does value us. David says that people were made only a little lower than the angels and we were crowned with glory and honor. Wow! God must really think a lot of us! 
  • David then recognizes how significant it is that God made us in charge of his creation here on earth. God really does value us!
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Do you see God as a refuge? Seriously, everyone needs a safe place to hide sometimes. How cool is it that God wants to be that for you? Ask God to help you see him as a safe place for you.

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