Sunday, June 12, 2011

Psalms 65, 66 and 67

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalms 65, 66, & 67. 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 65 tells us how living for God has benefited the writer. The interesting thing is David, who was a king of Israel, wrote it. He tells how following God not only helped his life but also how it benefitted his whole kingdom.
  • In Psalm 66 the writer is telling everyone to praise God for his goodness. He is also retelling how God had taken care of the Israelite people.
  • The first verse of Psalm 67 is one that many churches recite on various occasions. It’s a great reminder that God is indeed gracious to us but doesn’t have to be. He chooses to show us grace because he loves us so much.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • David continually praises God for all that is good in his life, though in some of the earlier Psalms he feels rejected by God because things have gone poorly for him.
  • For the majority of our lives, we tend to have varying amounts of bad and good things happening to us at once. Keeping your eyes only on how sin is affecting your life will keep them away from God. Even when going through terrible times of loss or struggle, we need to look at the good that God has given us as David does in these Psalms.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • In Psalm 65 the writer says something that is interesting for us today. David wrote; “When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions. Blessed are those you choose. . .” This is a line most of us can identify with because we too have felt overwhelmed by our failures in the past. Can you identify with that feeling? Take time today to thank God for his patience and grace.