Saturday, December 10, 2011

Psalms 139, 140 and 141

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalms 139, 140, & 141. 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 139 the author, David, is writing how he understands God is his creator and his life is sustained by God every day. He praises God for always being there for him.
  • Psalm 140 records David’s prayer for God to protect him from people who wanted to hurt him.
  • In Psalm 141 David asks God to help him live a pure life. He asked God to guard his mouth from saying anything displeasing and to discipline him as God sees fit. David ends by asking God to keep him from falling into traps other people put out for him.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Psalm 139 ends with a few lines that we should look at again. David asked God to search him to see if there be anything he does that offends God. David has such a heart for following God that he asked God to show him anything that he needed to change to please God more.
  • Psalm 141 is a good picture of David’s heart. He asked God to keep him from evil.

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

  • We should have the same heart and ask God the same thing every day. Take some time to do this now. David wrote many of the Psalms. He was a person who wanted more than anything to stay close to God. He made mistakes in his life but he was always quick to come back to God. 
  • We should ask God to help us stay away from anything that would hurt our relationship with God or other people.