Saturday, August 6, 2011

Psalms 84 and 85

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalms 84 & 85. 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?)
  • Psalms 84 talks about going to church. It sounds simple and maybe even silly, but that’s what the writer is talking about. He’s praising God for the opportunity to go to a temple and worship him. The writer goes as far as to say he’d rather be a doorman in church than not be able to go. The writer loves God and loves being in his house.
  • In Psalm 85, the writer is asking God to turn back to his people again. Obviously, the people had rejected God once again and are asking for his favor again. It’s almost comical how frequently psalms like these come up, isn’t it? But if we were honest with ourselves we would have to admit we’re the same way.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • We can take for granted how easy it is for us to go to church. Being at church regularly connects us with other people who are taking steps closer to God, and keeps Him at the forefront of our weekly schedule.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Do you enjoy going to church like the writer of Psalm 84 does? It’s a great privilege to be able to go to church freely. Some places in the world still have to sneak around to have church because they’ll be killed if anyone finds them.
  • Commit to attend church regularly. It's tempting to do something else, but the reality is that going to church is one hour of your week that can make a huge impact on how you mature and develop as a follower of Jesus.