Saturday, August 13, 2011

Psalms 87 and 88

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalms 87 and 88. 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 87 the writer is talking about the city of God, also known as Zion and heaven.
  • The writer of Psalm 88 is begging God to hear his prayers. The writer is describing how he feels like he is dying. He asks God to help him because the dead cannot praise God but he will if he is rescued. The writer is in a tough place. He describes how he feels like his afflictions and troubles surround him like water.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • It's easier to have faith in God's goodness when things in life are going fine. But even in the hard times when we need to be "rescued," God is with us and wants us to reach out to Him.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Have you ever felt like your troubles in life are so bad that you’re going to drown? Maybe you’re there right now. When we feel like that it’s a perfect time to pray to God and tell Him all our worries and fears. God cares and wants to be there with us. It may seem like he’s not around but once you get through these times we can always look back and see God’s hand on us. Ask God to show you that He’s near.