Saturday, May 2, 2020

May 2 - Psalm 46 and 47

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalm 46 & 47. 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 46 is a great one. It talks about how God is a place of refuge and strength to those who follow him.
  • Psalm 47 is a song of praise to encourage people to worship God. The odd thing is that it’s written by Israelites. The Israelites experienced some really tough times. They were slaves in Egypt for over 400 years. Then they were led out into the desert to be nomads for 40 years. They finally had their homeland established only to be run out of it and live as exiles for 70 years.
  • Of just about any nation, the Israelites had cause to doubt God’s “goodness,” but here they’re singing of his greatness. Why? God had a proven track record of being there for them even when it appeared he wasn’t. Because of this, the Israelites could still sing praises to their God they could trust.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Psalm 46 tells us that God is “ever-present help” in times of trouble. When we are facing turbulent times, God is still there and he is still for us.
  • The words of this Psalm; “though the earth give way . . . though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake . . .” bring to mind natural disasters like hurricances and fires and tornadors. During tough times like these, it’s easy to think God isn’t near but he is. In fact, read the rest of the Psalm; in verse 10 God says to be still and know that he is God. He is still available to us to offer us peace when we need it most. 

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Do you have a difficult time trusting in God when times get tough? Are you going through some difficult times right now? Look carefully today and watch for small ways that God is still active in your life. There are many things to be thankful for; those are gifts from God.