Saturday, March 26, 2011

Psalms 32 and 33

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalm 32 & Psalm 33. 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 32 is from the perspective of a person who had deliberately not asked God to forgive them of doing wrong.
  • You may have noticed the word “Selah” that occurs at times in the book of Psalms (73 times in all). It occurs three times just in this chapter. Since much of the Psalms are written as prayers or songs it is believed that “Selah” is a musical term that means to pause or reflect on what the listener just heard.
  • Psalm 33 tells of how mighty God is. It says he scoops us the oceans in jars like a little boy on a beach would, that’s impressive (and a rather big jar).

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?) 
  • Psalm 32 starts out by saying blessed is the person whose sins are forgiven by God. This is because at this point the writer was still refusing to confess he had done wrong. The writer said his body “wasted away” because he had not confessed his sins. Then after he confessed to God the writer said God was quick to forgive him of his guilt. After this the writer spends the rest of the chapter encouraging people to seek God.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • How about you have you ever felt the consequences of refusing to ask God to forgive you of something you’ve done wrong? Are you there today? Notice in verse 5 it says God forgives us of our sins if we ask. If you think you’re in a right standing with God, are you willing to ask God to show you if there is something you’re missing that he wants you to change? 
  • Often we think we have to ask God to forgive us so he wont be angry at us but really it has more to do with us being able to have a relationship with God that isn’t hindered by our guilt. God has a plan for our life that is more amazing than we ever could imagine. We have to be connected to him to understand how to live this amazing life.