Saturday, December 31, 2011

Psalms 149 and 150

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalm 149 & 150. 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 149 was a song of praise to God from the people of the nation Israel. It talks about dancing and making music to God. You can almost see them jumping on their beds singing about God like little kids do when they get excited for Christmas morning. Jesus once said if we want to really connect with God we have to come to him like a child. So perhaps this picture of excitedly jumping on our beds praising God is a lot closer to what God wants from us than we would expect.
  • The writer of Psalm 150 ends the book of Proverbs with reminding us to always praise God. It says let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Elsewhere in the Bible, we’re told if humans refuse to praise God then the rocks will sing to him. Because God is so worthy of praise, his creation (even the rocks!) can’t help but praise him.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • We’re reminded of what humankind was created for; to have a relationship with God. We can very quickly lose focus on our purpose in life and some people still don’t know what their purpose is. We’re created by a loving God to be in a love relationship with him. Sounds weird and maybe a little mushy but it’s true. God isn’t about rules or religion. He’s about the relationship. One big part of our side of that relationship is praising God. Not because he’s some egotistical jerk but because he deserves it more than anyone else.

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

  • Take some time today and praise God. You don’t have to sing or make music but you can if you want; and if you want to go really crazy then jump up and down on your bed and praise him. How cool would it be if today people all over Las Vegas and the world are jumping on their bed and telling God how much they love him?!? Go crazy! And remember . . .
  • Love God, Love People and Turn the World Upside Down!