Sunday, April 17, 2011

Psalms 42 and 43

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalms 42 & Psalms 43. 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 42 talks about longing for God in ways that sound like they belong in a love poem.  
  • The writer of Psalm 43 is asking God to be his rescuer. We all need God to be our Superhero sometimes don’t we? This writer talks about just that.
  • Psalm 42 has a few lines that are really cool: “As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God.” “Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.” You can hear the longing for real connection with God on behalf of the writer.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?) 
  • The writer isn’t looking to check off some box on a religious “checklist” he desires a relationship with a real God like a thirsty deer pants for water. That’s some seriously heavy stuff.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?) 
  • Do you have a close relationship with God that you feel the pain of separation like the writer of Psalm 42? 
  • Do you desire to have the closeness with God that the writer talks about? If so ask God for it.