Saturday, October 15, 2011

Psalms 115 and 116

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalms 115 and 116. 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 115 starts out by the author claiming that he doesn’t want the glory but instead wants God to get all of it. This is because only God is worthy enough to be glorified. Then the author questions why people would worship an idol (which is a carved image of a god to pray to). He says these idols are worthless manmade objects and only God is worthy to be worshiped.
  • In Psalm 116 the author says he loves God because God heard his prayers and acted on his behalf. God saved him from death. Then the author rhetorically asks what his response should be for what God had done for him. He decided the only proper response was that he would serve God for the rest of his life.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • The truth is that we love God because he first loved us. If God never acted on our behalf we wouldn’t feel the desire to love him. But because Jesus came down and lived with us and died for us, we are drawn to his love. We only love God because he first loved us. And God welcomes our love and continues to love us in return.

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

  • Do you put anything before God? Financial gain? Your family? Your health or appearance? Only God is worthy to be praised and worshiped. Anything else is idolatry (worshiping anything before God).
  • What was your gut response to Psalm 116? Did you feel like the author was wrong to say he loved God because of what God had done for him?