Saturday, February 26, 2011

Psalms 19 and 20

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalm 19 & 20. 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?)
  • In Psalm 19, the Psalmist starts off writing how God is evident in nature. That there is no language where “their voice is not heard.” Then the writer goes on to articulate how following God’s law (the Bible) is so beneficial to his life. The Psalmist ends by saying that he hopes his life is pleasing to God.
  • In Psalm 20, the writer writes about how the Lord can be trusted to remember his people. Towards the end, the writer even says, “some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” They are saying that they will not trust their own abilities to protect themselves but instead in God's.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)'
  • Psalm 19 has a lot of flowery language about the natural world that is easy to take as just poetry, but it is important to remember that God has created all of these beautiful things. It is easy to be caught up in how sin has affected the world with disease and extreme poverty, but it is equally important to appreciate the wonderful things in life. Paying attention to the evil of the world is important, but paying attention to ONLY the darkness of the world is outright dangerous. Pessimism is the first step on the road to apathy.
  • The second Psalm we look at mentions how their nation boasts of God while others of their military and wealth (does that sound like a nation you know?) Israel eventually did fall, so obviously King David (the author of this Psalm and king of Israel) wasn't talking about the mortal nation. He was talking about the Kingdom of God, which cannot fall. 
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • What feelings rise up in you as you read this Psalm about all nature proclaiming God to be real? Does it make you want to worship him more?
  • Take time throughout today to thank God for small things: for waking you up, for the sunshine, for the connection you have with him. As you thank him more often, your view of his goodness will grow.