Sunday, May 10, 2020

Psalms 51, 52 and 53

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalm 51-53. 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?)
  • In Psalm 51 we read the words of King David asking God to purify him and keep him in a right relationship with him.
  • Psalm 52 tells us of a person who has not chosen to follow God.
  • Psalm 53 talks about how only a fool says there is no God and that God is looking down on us from heaven. 

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Psalm 51 is a great psalm to read when you feel that you have created distance between you and God because of sin you’ve committed. It even asks God to renew the joy of your salvation. If you have chosen to follow God, do you remember the time when you first decided to turn to God and the joy you had; David is asking God to restore his feelings back to that point. David says if God will grant him his petition that he would teach others the ways of God as well.
  • In Psalm 53 we read about people who say there is no God and how God is looking down on them from heaven. This is a different perspective when you think about it. It talks about people who have forgotten about God and how they are overwhelmed with dread but people who follow him will rejoice and be glad.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Have you lost a little of the “joy of your salvation?” If so read through Psalm 51 again and ask God to restore it for you. Pray for people you know who would also say there isn’t a God like the people in Psalm 53. Ask God to help you find ways to show them his love this week.