Sunday, November 13, 2011

Psalms 129, 130, and 131

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalms 129, 130, and 131. 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 129 the writer is talking about how other nations have fought against the nation of Israel since God formed it. However, God has always looked out for them because they chose to follow him.
  • Psalm 130 talks about how God forgives our sins. 
  • The writer of Psalm 131 talks about being content with God. They also write about humility. Humility is a character trait that the Bible makes clear that God favors. 

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • It’s very easy for us to not be humble, sometimes not even realizing it. But God wants us to be humble and know our place in life and in the universe.
    • The writer said in Psalm 130 that if God kept a record of the wrongs of the people who followed him then none of us could stand before him. However, if we choose to follow Jesus then he has made it clear that he wipes all our sins away, never to remember them again.

    NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
    • In Psalm 130 the writer said he watches and waits for God like a person on the night shift longs for the sun to rise. This is a great picture of how we’re supposed to seek after God. Would you say this describes your relationship with God? Or do you (like most of us) just talk at God and want him to respond to your requests? 
    • In our reading, we also talked about humility. It’s wise for us to frequently examine our life and see if we’re really humble. Are you working to be humble? We all have to fight against pride. Ask God to help keep you not thinking more highly of yourself than you should and to desire to spend more time with him.