Saturday, June 4, 2011

Psalms 62, 63 and 64

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalms 62, 63, & 64. 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?)
  • The words of Psalm 62 sound like they’re written during a tough time for David (the author). It appears that he has people trying to hurt him but David is trusting in God. He said that only God is his safe hiding place.
  • Psalm 63 is a great psalm to pray to God. It talks about being completely satisfied with God and clinging to him like water in a desert.
  • In Psalm 64 David is talking to God about his enemies.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • David often compares wicked schemers to soldiers saying their "words [are] like [arrows] and that they "shoot from ambush." This is a good reminder of the power of words and how great evil can come without any real violence.
  • In Psalm 64, we see that David has faith that his enemies' own words and actions will be their undoing. People make bad choices that separate them from God and that is their fault. David understood that his enemies' choices were their own and the suffering they would endure (from God) was their fault, not God's.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • How are you at using your words in constructive ways, to build people up instead of tear them down? If you have recently hurt someone by what you've said, take time today to reach out to them.
  • Do you trust God like David does in Psalm 62? Are you at a point in your relationship with God that you search for him like David talks about in Psalm 63?