Sunday, September 25, 2011

Psalms 106 and 107

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalms 106 & 107. 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 106 starts by telling people to praise God because his love for us lasts forever. The author says we can’t even begin to fully understand how much he loves us. Then the writer recounts how often the Israelites turned their backs on God and how he was forced to discipline them to keep them from doing horrible things, like sacrifice their children before other “gods.” The psalmist ends by showing how God would quickly hear their cries for help and always welcomed them back.
  • In Psalm 107 it begins the same way and then the author goes through a series of events where God shows his love for his people. In these various situations, people turned from God but then called out to God to help them and he always did. The author describes it as God’s “unfailing love.”
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God wants nothing more than a relationship with us. Both of these psalms record how people turned from God but God welcomed them back. If we’re honest we would admit that we frequently turn from God. The problem is that a lot of us feel like we’ve done “too much” for God to forgive. However, that just isn’t true. God is ready to forgive us just like the people recorded in the Bible. 
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Have you kept your distance from God because you think he’s angry? He’s not. Talk to him today and you’ll find he’s ready to forgive you because of his “unfailing love.”