Saturday, March 5, 2011

Psalms 21 and 22

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalm 21 and 22. 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 21 is cool because it’s written about David, who was the king of Israel, and it’s talking about how King David rejoices in God for his position as king, his wealth and his victories. A lot of times it seems as if the Psalms are complaints to God when things are going bad but in this one everything is perfect and still David praises God. 
  • Psalm 22 is interesting because it would appear David is complaining again but if we look closer that’s not the case. Instead we can tell that for whatever reason God appears distant from David. Yet, in the middle of God feeling distant David ends the Psalm singing the praises of God and telling that future generations will be told of God’s goodness. 
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • These two chapters show the two sides we often see in the Psalms of either extreme closeness with God or seemingly great distance. However, like we have talked about before we know that God may appear distant from us during certain times in our lives but later we can often look back and see that he was there with us all along. Obviously, we can only assume David has been here before with God and God had proven himself trustworthy. If not there would be no reason for David to be so trusting. Elsewhere in the Bible God calls David “a man after his own heart.” Clearly God and David had a very close relationship. It was because of this closeness that David knew he could trust God even when it would appear as if God was not near.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Have there been times in your life when it felt as if God was not near, maybe even now? What can you learn about God from David’s relationship with him? The Bible says God never changes. If God was able to be trusted thousands of years ago then we can trust him today too. Have you had times in your life when you can look back now and see God was with you even when at the time it felt as if he was not? Often in life, we can look back and see God was there with us all along. Trust God and talk honestly with him. He is big enough to handle your problems and secure enough to endure your doubts or rage. God loves you right where you are and wants you and him to grow closer.