What does it say?

With the story of David fresh in our minds, our reading today takes us to the Book of Psalms. The five psalms that comprise our reading today are all believed to have been written by David during this period of his life as he is fleeing from Saul.

As you read these psalms, reflect on what they say and try to connect them with the events you have seen. This is not possible in every case, but a chronological reading is designed to give us fresh insights by better seeing the historical context of the scripture we are reading. Some of the titles, superscriptions and subscriptions that appear in the smaller font in your Bible give clues as to their context. These titles are unquestionably from antiquity but never intended to be part of the psalm itself. They are probably part of the original composition much like the musical indications on a musical score to aid the musicians in their interpretation of the music. Remember that the Psalms were written to be played to music.

What does it mean?

One of the reasons the Psalms are so endearing to us is that we can feel the emotions, sense the intensity of the prayers and devotion and readily identify with them. Remember that David courageously resisted the temptation to take vengeance upon Saul, choosing instead to wait for God’s time and God’s way. Reading these Psalms gives us insight to what he was praying to God during this same time.  They help us understand that David was not weak and passive, but truly trusting God to protect him and bring justice to pass.

How will I respond?

What is the biggest trial in my life right now? Is there someone in my life who is attacking me as an enemy? I understand that getting even is not a biblical option. But how can I pray using the example of David? If I were to mention one important lesson for my life that I can take away from reading these Psalms, what would that be?