Saturday, May 16, 2020

May 16 - Psalms 54 & 55

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalms 54 & 55. 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 54 the writer is asking God to vindicate him. The writer (King David) has people who are wanting to hurt him but he is trusting God to save him.
  • Psalm 55 opens with David asking God not to ignore his prayers. He says he wants to fly away from his troubles like a bird (which is reminiscent of a prayer in the movie Forrest Gump).

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • David goes on to say that it’s his close friend who has turned against him and become his enemy. What a tough spot to be in.
  • David closes the psalm saying that he will trust God.
  • David wrote Psalm 54 when he was being chased by King Saul who wanted to kill him because he was jealous of David’s success.
  • If you want to read more about Saul and David, see 1 Samuel chapter 23. This obviously was before David became king over Israel. The crazy thing is David had opportunities to kill Saul (see 1 Samuel 24 & 26), but refused and decided to let God protect him. David could do this because he had experienced God’s protection many times before.
  • Earlier David told stories of how God protected him when he fought a lion and a bear. We can see why David trusts God this time.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Do you think you could write a psalm like chapter 54 if you were in David’s position? Could you trust him like that now?
  • When is a time or two that God has protected you, even if you didn't realize it in the moment? Take time to thank him for that.