Monday, July 23, 2012

Bible Reading Challenge Week 30 Day 1

Our reading challenge for the day is Psalms 46-50. I’ll hit a few highlights. You make comments too and fill in the gaps. What strikes you as specially significant?

Psalm 46 - God is our great fortress, our refuge. Do we feel a need to flee and seek ehlp and protection? Quite likely. When we look to him he will guard usand nurture us. His river washes us and makes us joyful.

Psalm 47 - What is our response to the Lord? We see him and sing his praises, not our own praises. He must increase but we must decrease, as John the Baptizer said.

Psalm 48 - We find our strength as we look to the specific ways God has revealed his mercy and his power and might. See the many citadels, strong places (v. 3) and reflect on God’s specific graces, all for you and me.

Psalm 49 - We look to the Lord instead of to our riches or power. All that we have will pass away. All that our opponents have will also pass away. God, the eternal Word, will never fade away. He stands forever. Our confidence is in him.

Psalm 50 - God is not made in our image. We are in his image. What does he ask of us? All our offerings are fine but none is necessary except that we return thanks to him for who he is, the great and mighty one.

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