Sunday, December 18, 2011

Psalms 145 and 146

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalms 145 & 146. 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 145. In this psalm, David sounds like a lovesick teenager as he goes on and on about how amazing God is. First, David writes directly to God and lavishes compliment after compliment; even saying generations to come will think about how great he is. Then he writes to the reader and tells them again about how great God is.
  • In Psalm 146 the unknown author praises God and tells their audience not to put their trust in people who cannot save them.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • In Psalm 145 you can hear the deep love David had for God. The degree in which David praised God is almost uncomfortable but it’s how deep our love for God should be as well. People often get all “mushy” with the person there in a relationship with but then keep God at a comfortable distance. We should flip that around and love God all “mushy” like that too.

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

  • If you were to write how much you really love God would it sound like David’s writings or would it seem more distant and cold? If we’re honest, we like to keep God at a distance because then our lives are not impacted by him. God’s love will impact your life. 
  • God’s love will change you. How has your life been transformed as a result of experiencing God’s love? Thank him for that today.