Saturday, August 20, 2011

Psalms 89

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalm 89. 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?)
  • At the beginning of this Psalm, the writer praises God for his holiness and his love for us. The writer talks about God’s righteousness, justice, love, glory, strength, and faithfulness.
  • Then the writer talks about how God promised King David that he would take care of him and his descendants. But the mood changes in the psalm and we see the nation under attack from outside forces again. You see, the people had turned their back on God and so God withdrew his protection and favor from them. Now they were seeking God again and asking God to return to them.
  • But the last line says; “Praise be to the Lord forever, Amen and Amen.” The writer knows that no matter what God is to be praised. 
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • We don’t deserve God’s favor but he still shows it to us. In our sins, we can turn away from God but he is always ready to restore us.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Do you need to turn back to God in some area of your life today? God still loves you and wants a relationship with you. Maybe you just need to start talking to God again or maybe for the first time. Do you praise God for things like the writer did in this psalm? Just start talking to God. A good place to start is to thank him for all the good stuff you have been blessed with in life.