Saturday, November 5, 2011

Psalms 123, 124 and 125

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalms 123, 124, & 125. 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 123 the writer talks about being mocked by others around him. However, they’re trusting in God and looking for him to give them strength.
  • Psalm 124 was written by King David (ruler over Israel). In this Psalm, David wrote how Israel should always thank God for taking care of them and not letting their enemies triumph over them. It’s awesome to see a leader recognize and articulate that God is the one who has protected them.
  • Psalm 125 tells us that those who trust in God will be as solid as a mountain. The writer also asks God to look after those who do good and to punish those who are evil.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • God cares about how we feel and wants to be there for us. We also need to be aware, like David was, that God is the one who protects us and provides for us.

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

  • What are the five things that you can thank God for today? It’s a powerful thing to dwell on positive thoughts. Often we can get down in life but if we take time to look around we will see there is a lot to be thankful for.
  • When people make fun of you do you ask God to give you strength? Or do you retaliate? It sounds rather silly to ask God to help you when someone is mocking you doesn’t it? But it should remind us that God wants to be involved in every area of our life.