Sunday, November 6, 2011

Psalms 126, 127 and 128

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalms 126, 127, & 128. 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 126 talks about when the nation of Israel came back to their homeland after being released from being slaves. The author said they were “like men who dreamed” again. This is an intense line. It shows how their freedom was like going from a bleak world where dreams where useless; to coming home and being free to dream again.
  • Psalm 127 reminds us that unless God is a part of something we work in vain to build it, whether a home or a city. This Psalm also has great verses about parenting and how much of a privilege it is to have kids. Most people think of children as burdens but God sees our kids as some of the biggest blessings he could possibly give us.
  • Psalm 128 tells us that if we will live in reverence to God and follow his path for our lives then we will be blessed.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Remember that whatever you do; do it with God. If we strive to do anything on our own we work in vain but with God, it will accomplish its purposes. This goes for our jobs, marriages, parenting our children, our relationship with God or even our hobbies. God wants to be a part of every area of your life.

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

  • What imagery does Psalm 126 bring to mind for you? Can you sense their appreciation for freedom? Have you ever felt trapped and then later felt the relief of being “free” again? Maybe it was a job you hated, a relationship of some kind or even spiritually. Thank God today for freeing you from it. If you still feel “trapped” in something that you want out of, ask God to help you.