Saturday, April 23, 2011

Psalms 44 and 45

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalms 44 and 45. 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?)

  • At the beginning of Psalm 44, the writer is singing about how he grew up hearing his father talk about how God always protected them. The writer goes on to claim this trust in God for himself.
  • Then the tone of Psalm 44 changes quickly as the writer tells how it seems as if God is absent in their time of greatest need.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Psalm 45 was written as a wedding song to a king and his bride. In Psalm 44 we see how when a parent lives their relationship with God out before their kids later those kids have a greater chance of wanting to do the same. In the last half of Psalm 44 the writer is seeking God and pleading with him to make himself known to his people again. Haven’t we all had times like that?

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

  • If you have kids, do you live out your faith so they see it? Do they hear you pray? Do they see you read your Bible? Have you had times when you felt God was distant? How did you get through it? Did you later realize that God was closer than you thought? If you’re feeling that way now tell God and ask him to help you see him at work in your life. If we really look we will see he is more at work than we give him credit for.