Saturday, March 7, 2020

Psalms 21 and 22

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalm 21 and 22. 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 21 is written about David, who was the king of Israel. It talks about how King David rejoices in God for his position as king, his wealth, and his victories.
  • Psalm 22 is interesting because appears David is complaining again. But if we look closer, that’s not the case. Instead we can tell that, for whatever reason, God appears distant from David. Yet in the middle of God feeling distant, David ends the Psalm by singing the praises of God and proclaiming that future generations will be told of God’s goodness. 
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • It was because of his closeness to God that David knew he could trust Him even when it felt like God was not near.
  • These two chapters show the two sides we often see in the Psalms of either extreme closeness with God or seemingly great distance. 
  • God may appear distant from us during certain times in our lives, but later we can often look back and see that he was there with us all along.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Have there been times in your life when it felt as if God was not near? Maybe you're there now.
  • Have you had times in your life when you can look back and see God was with you even when at the time it felt as if he was not?
  • Regardless of whether God feels near or far right now, trust Him and talk honestly with him. He is big enough to handle your problems and secure enough to endure your doubts or rage. God loves you right where you are.