Saturday, January 8, 2011

Psalms 3, 4 and 5

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalm 3, Psalm 4, and Psalm 5.. 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?)
  • Reading Psalm 3 we see the psalmist having faith in God’s protection and asking for some serious action of God’s part.
  • Again we see into the heart of the writer in Psalm 4 as he begs people to see God in all his goodness.
  • In Psalm 5 we can read the utter desperation the writer has to connect with God.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Here’s the thing I love about reading the Psalms, it’s kinda like reading someone’s diary to God. It is a little strange really that God would “allow” such rants in the Bible or maybe it’s because he welcomes them from us as well.
  • Just look at Psalm 3 . . . He asks God to break people’s teeth! That doesn’t sound like how we are told to pray does it? But God obviously wants such transparency with us when we talk to him. Otherwise he would not have it included in the Bible.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • God wants us just to be real to him. Praying to God is simply talking to God.
  • Do you have a hard time praying? What is the most difficult thing about it for you? What could you do to help improve your time talking with God?

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