Sunday, December 4, 2011

Psalms 137 and 138

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalm 137 & 138. 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 137 is a really heartbreaking psalm where the author recounts the destruction of their city and it’s people being taken as slaves.
  • In Psalm 138 David writes about how God is faithful and he constantly praises God for taking care of him. David wrote that God answered him when he prayed, protected him in times of trouble and defended him against his enemies.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Psalm 137 is kind of weird to be in the Bible but it reminds us that God wants to communicate with us about everything, even our pain. 
  • In Psalm 138 we read that David knew God was with him and was working on him to mold him into the person he was capable of becoming. It’s true that God loves us just the way we are and is ready to forgive us if we’ll ask but he loves us too much to let us stay that way. God can see what we’re capable of being; what he planned for you to be all along.

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

  • Ask God to show you things that you need to change or do to become the better version of yourself he has planned for you.