Saturday, January 18, 2020

Psalms 6 and 7

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalm 6 and Psalm 7. 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 6 is full of words that we can all identify with. The psalmist was David. David was a simple shepherd boy who God uses to kill a giant and eventually becomes king over the nation of Israel. King David here is going through a rough spot where he feels as if God is far away. David is begging God to be near to him again.
  • In Psalm 7 David is asking God to protect him from an enemy. Then David makes a very interesting statement. He says, “if there is guilt on my hands . . . let my enemy pursue and overtake me.”

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God welcomes our prayers in any form.
  • David could have prayed, “If there is guilt on my hands . . . let my enemy pursue and overtake me.” Most of us would pray something more like, “God, I know I messed up but can you help me out of this now?”
  • We should aim to get to a place in our journey with God where we can pray for help from God but follow that with a prayer similar to that of King David’s.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?
  • Are your prayers with God heartfelt, or are they done out of obligation? Do you try to “dress up” how you talk when you talk to God?
  • God knows everything we do and think anyway so let’s get real with God. If you could pray anything and God answer what would it be? Do you think your outcome would honor God? Are you brave enough to pray for God’s will and not yours?