Sunday, March 20, 2011

Psalms 30 and 31

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalm 30 & 31. 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 30 was written as a song for the dedication of King David’s palace.
  • Notice the theme of reliance on God in Psalm 31. Look at the use of phrases like these: "In you, O Lord, I have taken refuge; Since you are my rock and my fortress: Into your hands I commit my spirit; I will be glad and rejoice in your love; I trust in you, O Lord."

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Read Psalm 30 again since you know what it was written for. Does it have more significance to you? Notice how David gives God recognition for bringing him to where he is now and gives testimony to God’s faithfulness and at the end gives thanks again. Did you catch David’s prayer he said to God in verses 8-10? David obviously lived a life of praising God for him to be able to say such a prayer. If not he would have had to say, “If you get me out of this God, then I will praise you.” Instead, David could say to God, “If I go down, who will praise you like I do?” That’s quite a different prayer and shows a life marked by constantly praising God. Psalm 31 reinforces that David lived a life of trusting and praising God.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Is your life marked by praising God? Do you live your life relying on God for guidance? Ask God to help you praise him and trust him more.