Sunday, November 20, 2011

Psalms 132, 133 and 134

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalms 132, 133, & 134. 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 132 talks about the agreement between God and David that as long as he and his sons serve him then God would bless them. It was recorded in the Bible that David was “a man after God’s own heart.” It’s because of David’s dedication to God that God made this agreement. The author of this Psalm is asking God not to forget his promises to David.
  • Psalm 133 speaks about how awesome it is when people live in unity. We all know this to be true so it’s no surprise that a whole (although short) chapter in the Bible is dedicated to unity.
  • Psalm 134 is written to the people who served in the temples. It talks about how great it is to praise God.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Psalm 133 is all about unity and how great it is for everyone. The author said unity is like oil poured on the head and beard. This sounds rather silly to us but this was considered a great honor in their culture because of how costly it would be to use that much precious oil.

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

  • Do you value unity? Do you always try to be a person who helps unify people or do you try to spread gossip to better yourself? Ask God to help you to always be a person who brings unity to others around you.