Saturday, April 16, 2011

Psalms 41

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalm 41. 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?)
  • This is a Psalm written by King David. It starts by speaking highly of people who take care of others weaker than themselves. David says that these kinds of people God takes care of and restores their health when they’re sick.
  • Then David writes about his enemies who want evil for him. David goes on to describe how his enemies speak horrible things about him. But David makes a startling comment: “In my integrity you uphold me . . .” That’s a very heavy thing to say before the God who knows and sees everything. Clearly, David knew he was an innocent man.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?) 
  • King David always has the most heartfelt Psalms. His writings are the clearest window into a man’s heart. He starts by praising those who have “regard” for people weaker than themselves. This is something talked about many times elsewhere in the Bible. 

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?) 
  • If you were in David’s position could you make the same claim about your innocence? Do you live a life of complete purity? It should be what we strive for. If not, what areas do you know that you need to work on today? Ask God for his strength to make one positive change today.