Sunday, April 10, 2011

Psalms 39 and 40

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalm 39 and Psalm 40. 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?)
  • The tone of David in Psalm 39 is of a man who understands life is fleeting and desires to live in peace with God.
  • Psalm 40 is one that poetically describes God restoring David.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?) 
  • In Psalm 39 we get a sobering reminder that life is short. David even says, “Each [person]’s life is but a breath.” Think about how many times you have breathed just reading this post . . . and life is but a single breath! But isn’t it true? The older we get we look back and the years have flown by. When we take time to think about how fragile life is we realize what’s really important. David ends asking God to remove his “scourge” from David. He simply wants to have a right relationship with God again above anything else. 
  • The beginning of Psalm 40 has great imagery of God drawing near to a person. Then David goes on to say how wonderful it is for a person to be connected with God. He ends asking God to stay close and forgive his sins. King David evens says, “I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me.” Surely a king isn’t poor, but David knows no matter what amount of wealth a person has without God we are “poor and needy.”

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?) 
  • Have you ever stopped to think about how short life is? What have you done with your life? Does that have significance past this life? We all want to be a part of something bigger than ourselves and nothing is bigger than helping others find Jesus. Who have you invited to Verve lately? Who are you praying for today?