Saturday, April 11, 2020

April 11 - Psalm 38

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalm 38. 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?) 
  • King David wrote this Psalm. He wrote most of the Psalms. This is a chapter in which we can all identify with the writer.
  • David describes in excruciating detail how he physically is different because he doesn’t feel God’s presence.
  • In the end, he confesses his wrong and pleads with God to return to him.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • King David was obviously feeling the guilt and pain of sin that had separated him from feeling connected with God. This is something we can all identify with. We’ve all had times when we’ve done something wrong and felt as if there was an invisible, yet nearly tangible, barrier between us and God. Ultimately, David describes getting to the place where he feels he can’t go on any longer and confesses his sin. He begs God not to be far from him any longer.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Have you ever felt the pain of being separated from God? The beauty of being in that place is finding out God is always there waiting for us to seek him so that he can draw near to us again. Are you in a similar place like that now? Seek God and you’ll realize he’s more than willing to be found by us.