The Highs and Lows of David

highs and lows

All but one of this week’s Psalms specifically say they were written by David. And, in this week of Psalms we will see a wide range of thoughts and feelings. David wants his enemies to get what’s coming to them but he also encourages all faithful people to praise God regularly. David pleas for God to bring him up out of the pit and later confidently says, “You are my God.”

This wide range doesn’t indicate a wishy-washy faith in David. It indicates real faith. David is willing to share his entirety with God. He holds nothing back. We, in many ways, have become too polite with God. We don’t want to bother or burden him and we certainly wouldn’t want him to see our warts and smudges. David really knew God and knew God could handle all of him. Our faith should look much more like David’s – wide open.

How will you allow God in today?

May 11: Psalm 29
Today’s Takeaways:

  • The word “ascribe” means that we recognize God’s glory and strength and splendor. We know it’s His.
  • God’s power and strength are so big he can control the natural things of the earth.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • Where do you see God’s power in nature?

May 12: Psalm 30
Today’s Takeaways:

  • Difficulties may last for a while, but God’s goodness is always still to come.
  • David had experienced some really challenging times, but God had used those difficult times and now God had turned his sad times to joy!

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • What tough time in your life has God turned into something good?

May 13: Psalm 31
Today’s Takeaways:

  • David was going through very difficult times but he trusted God to be his strength.
  • David was facing people who wanted to destroy him so he cried out to God for help.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • When is a time when you’ve cried out to God for help?

May 14: Psalm 32
Today’s Takeaways:

  • The first verse reminds us that we will all sin but those of us who have received forgiveness are truly blessed.
  • God doesn’t ask us to figure it out on our own. He instructs us in the ways we should live?

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • Which of God’s instructions are hardest for you to follow?

May 15: Psalm 33
Today’s Takeaways:

  • God is worthy of our praise, so we should praise him regularly.
  • We mistakenly trust in many things, but only God can truly care for us.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • Why does it often seem easier to trust in things we can see instead of in God?

May 16: Psalm 34
Today’s Takeaways:

  • David shares with everyone who reads about God’s faithfulness. It’s important for us to share with others when we experience God’s help.
  • To live a godly life we need to turn away from sin and choose to follow God.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • When is a time God was faithful to you that you could share with others?

May 17: Psalm 35
Today’s Takeaways:

  • Like we often do, David wanted to see his enemies get what was coming to them.
  • Ultimately, David did not want his enemies to win.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • How do you feel when you see people who are acting sinfully succeed?

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