Sunday, June 19, 2011

Psalms 68

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalms 68. 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?)

  • This Psalm praises God for being powerful and talks about the writer’s desire to see God victorious over people who are against him. It’s an exciting thought; to be so focused on God receiving the glory he is due that you would earn to see him praised even by those who reject him. However, that isn’t what we’re going to focus on today. Instead look how throughout this passage we see God helping those in need; read verses 5, 6 9, 10, 19, and 20.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • In these verses, we read about God being a defender of the helpless, a father to the fatherless, places orphans back into loving families, frees prisoners, refreshes the tired, provides for the poor, bears our burdens and saves us from death.
  • Those verses show us what God is about. He shows love and restores the things that are broken. That’s what we should be about as well. As followers of Jesus, we should set our goals in life to be helping restore the things that are broken in this world. 

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

  • Would your life show that you are concerned with the needs of those less fortunate than you are? Are you fixated on fixing the broken parts of society? Do you show love to the unlovable? Ask God to help you live a life that’s focused on making his world a better place to live in.