Sunday, December 11, 2011

Psalms 142, 143 and 144

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalms 142, 143, & 144. 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?)

  • David wrote Psalm 142 while he was in a cave hiding from men who wanted to kill him. You can almost hear David’s desperation for God to save him.
  • Psalm 143 was written by David too. In this psalm, he’s asking God to give him direction and rescue him from more enemies. David seemed to have a lot of enemies because he wrote a lot of songs and poems asking God to rescue him from his enemies. But probably a more accurate assessment is David wrote them during the time King Saul was chasing him around and trying to kill him. David was on the run from Saul for a very long time and it would make sense that he wrote most of these during that time (go to 1 Samuel to read about these events).
  • In Psalm 144 David praises God for giving him the skill and strength to fight his enemies but then says he knows God is his real protection.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • We should take the path David walked with God. David understood that God is supreme and that we are small in comparison. David even says, “What is man that you [God] care for him?” He also understood how crazy it is that God would love us but he does. God cares about every detail of our life and David never stopped praising God for his love.

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

  • Whether it’s protecting you from an enemy or helping you decide what job to take; God wants to be involved in your decision-making process because he loves you. 
  • Have you thanked God for how much he loves you lately? Ask God to help you understand his love more today and grow closer to him.