Sunday, May 31, 2020

Psalms 60 and 61

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalm 60 and 61. 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 60, the writer (David) has gone through a time when he felt God has rejected him. He’s asking God to hear his prayers. He records that God says he would defeat David’s enemies. David ends the psalm trusting God to give him victory.
  • Psalm 61 was written by David, and in it, he’s asking God to allow him to stay in his presence. David says that he’s been calling God until his heart has grown faint. He claims God has been his protection and shelter. David asks to be allowed to hang out in God’s presence and be given God’s favor.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • In both of these Psalms, David attributes all the of the good he has to God. He does not take pride in his victories but gives them to God. In his defeats, he doesn't doubt God's existence or goodness but questions if he has done wrong. David is not angry with God despite knowing that God has allowed these bad things to happen.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Are you experiencing defeat in an area of your life? Talk to God and tell him how you're really feeling, but commit to trust Him. Thank him for his goodness in the past, and ask him to show you how to see that goodness now.