Saturday, September 17, 2011

Psalms 102 and 103

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalms 102 & 103. 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?)

  • Psalm 102 is the heart cry of a person in great pain. The writer talks about feeling like God has cast them aside but they know that God is still in control. The author has a great deal of faith in God taking care of them and says the reason they wrote this psalm was so future generations will be able to read it and know that God always comes through. That’s some serious faith.
  • King David wrote Psalm 103. In this psalm, we read about how God forgives us. 

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • If we repent, God forgives and puts our sins as far as the east is from the west. God loves us like a perfectly loving father. Many human fathers on earth fail to properly love their kids; maybe you had a dad like that but God is different. God loves us completely and always. He loves us more than we love ourselves.

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

  • Do you have faith that God will always come through for you? We need to always trust God knows what’s going on in our lives and somehow will work it out for good. Do you struggle with guilt from your past? If you’ve decided to follow Jesus then God separates you from your sin and sees you as perfect. Hopefully, you had a great father growing up but maybe, like many people, you didn’t. We can’t project the failures of our earthly father on God. God loves you more than you can possibly imagine. Ask God to help you understand his love for you more deeply.