Saturday, March 12, 2011

Psalms 23 and 24

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalms 23 and 24. 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 23 is maybe the most quoted of the Psalms. As you read it, doesn’t it give you a sense of peace? You never get the feeling of a God who wants to judge you for your past mistakes but rather a perfect father leading his child through life.
  • Psalm 24 is one that speaks of the sovereignty and majesty of God. It leaves you with a feeling of God’s royalty.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?) 

  • These two Psalms seem perfectly matched to be together. Psalm 23 gives you a picture of what life with God is like, this perfect union of us trusting him and God providing for us. Psalm 24 gives us the measuring stick for who can enter into God’s presence; those “who [have] clean hands and a pure heart. . .” Then Psalm 24 ends with this call to God’s majesty. It leaves you with a picture of a conquering King coming into his kingdom. 
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Does Psalm 23 give you a sense of peace or does it leave you anxious when you read it?  Can you identify periods of time in your life where you have felt you were walking through “the valley of the shadow of death?” Can you look back and see that God was with you? 
  • Does Psalm 24’s description of who may enter into God’s presence give you hope or leave you feeling hopeless? Remember that when we decide to be baptized and follow Jesus that we become a part of his family and are made pure before God. When we decide to follow Jesus, God forgives all our past, present, and future sins; we finally have clean hands. Have you decided to follow Jesus yet? If so, are you living in fear of God still or living out your freedom you now have in Jesus?