Saturday, May 14, 2011

Psalms 54 and 55

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalms 54 & 55. 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?)

  • In Psalm 54 the writer is asking God to vindicate him. The writer (King David) has people who are wanting to hurt him but he is trusting God to save him.
  • Psalm 55 opens with David asking God not to ignore his prayers. He says he wants to fly away from his troubles like a bird (which is reminiscent of a prayer in the movie Forrest Gump).

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • David goes on to say that it’s his close friend who has turned against him and become his enemy. What a tough spot to be in and it's even tougher not to be bitter towards your friend. However, David closes the psalm saying that he will trust God. David wrote Psalm 54 when he was being chased by King Saul who wanted to kill him because he was jealous of David’s success. If you want to read more see 1 Samuel chapter 23. This obviously was before David became king over Israel. The crazy thing is David had opportunities to kill Saul himself (see 1 Samuel 24 & 26) but refused and decided to let God protect him. David could do this because he had experienced God’s protection many times before (read 1 Samuel 17:34-37). Earlier David told stories of how God protected him when he fought a lion and a bear. That’s some insane stuff but we can see why David trusted God now.

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

  • Do you think you could write a psalm like chapter 54 if you were in David’s position? What about where you are today with God, could you trust him like that now? Have you ever had a friend betray you? How did you handle it? Look back at your life at the times God has protected you (even if you didn’t ask for it). Now ask God to help you trust in his protection more than your own revenge.