Sunday, October 2, 2011

Psalms 110 and 111

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalms 110 & 111. 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 110 is an interesting one. The author, King David, is writing about God the Father talking to Jesus, his Son. We’ve talked before about how God is made up of a Trinity. That is God is one God but somehow understood in three distinct persons, God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. In this psalm, David is writing about Jesus long before he was ever born. Interesting huh?
  • Psalm 111 talks about how great God is and how we should praise him. The author goes through a lot of different ways God has provided for his people and shown his power. Then the author ends by saying that the “fear” of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. The word fear here does not only mean to be afraid but it means more to respect God because of his power.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • God doesn’t want us to cower before him. However, when a person is a witness to only a fraction of God’s power or presence in the Old Testament we see them fall to the ground afraid and out of respect. God loves us and wants us to love him and experience his love but his power is worthy of our fear and respect
  • If you’ve ever wondered if the Old Testament talked about Jesus then today we read one of many times he is clearly talked about many years before he was born.

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

  • Do you understand what the psalmist wrote when he said that fearing the Lord is the beginning of wisdom? He’s talking about respecting God and his position as God over us. Would you say you respect God? Ask God to help you honor him with the respect he deserves and to experience the love he wants to lavish on us.