Sunday, July 19, 2020

July 19 - Psalms 76 and 77

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalms 76 & 77. 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 76 is another one written by Asaph. Once again, it’s praising God for his power over all the rulers on earth. Asaph is also encouraging people to praise God because he defended them against their enemies.
  • Psalm 77 is good for us to read because we can all identify with the first half where the writer is pouring his heart out to God and asking why he isn’t answering. Then the tone shifts. The writer recalls how God acted on his behalf before and he is comforted to know that God will act again in his timing.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Verses 9 and 10 of Psalm 77 are reminders of God's love for us. God uses the bad experiences and evil in our lives to make us perfect with Him. While he doesn't want us to go through this kind of pain, it is a consequence of the world we live in. We are all oppressed by sin, which we cannot defeat by ourselves. God can rescue us from the evil in our lives if we let him; that is why He sent His son.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Are you in a place right now where you desperately need God to show up? Continue to talk to him about it. He is listening and acting even when we don’t see it.