Sunday, August 7, 2011

Psalms 86

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalm 86. 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?)
  • King David is the author of this psalm. He is praising God for being merciful to him and forgiving his sins. David asks God to teach him his ways so that he can honor God with his life.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • The more we follow God, the more natural it is for us to be mindful of Him and His goodness. In the same way that it's good for us to communicate our love to people we care about, we should regularly express to God our feelings toward Him.

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

  • Do your prayers ever sound like David's? His prayers were full of passion for God because he had a very close relationship with him. How close are you with God? Do you ever ask God to teach you more about his ways so that you can honor him with your life? 
  • It’s easy to just "do religion," to follow rules that make us feel like we're doing the right things. Having a relationship with God like David did is much more work but way more satisfying. Ask God to show you if you’re just playing religion or if you have a genuine relationship with him. Then ask him how healthy your relationship is.