Saturday, May 28, 2011

Psalms 58 and 59

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalms 58 and 59. 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 59 was written by David when King Saul sent men to his house to watch for him so they could murder him. David asks God to deliver him from his enemies because they seek to hurt him although he’s done nothing wrong. Yet, in verse 11 David asks God not to kill them! That’s showing some serious grace to others. He ends praising God and claiming that God is his protection. 

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Psalm 58 is a rather dark one. The writer asks God to punish the wicked. Then it ends talking about washing their feet in blood. We can only assume the writer has had a great deal of frustration with the wicked people they’re referring to and instead of trying to hand out justice they’re trusting God to do it.

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

  • Do you have any enemies right now? Would you show mercy to your enemies as David did in his prayer to God? Can you say that you’ve done no wrong to them? David could say he had done no wrong to justify their wrath and he asks God to show them mercy.