Saturday, December 24, 2011

Psalms 147 and 148

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalms 147 & 148. 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 147 the writer is praising God for his greatness. God is so great that he even named the stars as he made them. Think about that. How crazy is that? And how many names? The writer also lets us in on a “secret” about what God values. God doesn’t take pleasure in our strengths, instead, he values people who put their hope in his love. How cool is that?
  • Psalm 148 is a great psalm that encourages us all to praise God. It encourages people and nature alike to sing of God’s praises.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • It's easy to fall into the habit of just asking God for things, whether it's forgiveness, success, or even protection from sin. Praying for those things is important and good, but it's even more essential to focus on God. This is why worship is so important and amazing; it strengthens our relationship with God and lets us focus on his glory rather than ourselves. Even thousands of years ago, before Jesus came, they saw the priority of worship.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Both of these Psalms encourage us to praise God. When was the last time you took time just to praise God? Take a moment today and thank and praise God for everything he does.