Saturday, October 1, 2011

Psalms 108 and 109

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalms 108 & 109. 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?)
  • In Psalm 108 the author writes about singing songs to God because he is worthy of it. However, if you finish reading it, you’ll see it was written during a time when God was not showing up for them like they wanted Him to.
  • In Psalm 109 the writer tells of his enemies and asks God to deal extremely harshly with them but to show kindness to him.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • It is normal to feel frustration with God when He doesn't show up in ways we want Him to. It's okay to be honest with Him about these feelings; God loves it when we are honest with Him about our feelings. But our feelings don't replace the truth that God is still with us.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • How often can you look back and see times you praised God even when things were not going well for you? Often we like to complain to God during these times as if He’s not in control. Maybe God is there all along and we don’t take the time to see him. 
  • If you’re going through a difficult time right now then try to take your eyes off the pain and see God; Usually, he’s a lot closer than we think. Sometimes we think God doesn’t care only to look back later and see that God was there involved in our lives in ways we couldn’t see.