Sunday, October 16, 2011

Psalms 117 and 118

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalms 117 & 118. 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 117 is extremely simple and to the point. The author cuts through all the poetry and says we should love God because he loves us and is faithful to us.
  • Psalm 118 describes how God has made himself real in his life. The author describes God showing him love forever, hearing his cries and setting him free, helping him with his enemies, being a place of refuge, being his salvation and even disciplining him. He ends with praising God and thanking him for his faithfulness.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Read Psalm 118 again. There are many ways the author talks about God showing up for him. He even talks about how God disciplined him. This isn’t a way we normally think is “proof” of God acting on our behalf but it is. Elsewhere in the Bible, it says God only disciplines those he loves. 

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

  • After reading Psalm 118, how has God made himself real in your life? If we’re looking for him we can see God at work in our lives every day.