Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Bible Reading Challenge Week 31 Day 3

Our reading challenge for the day is Psalms 81-85. I’ll hit a few highlights. You make comments too and fill in the gaps. What strikes you as specially significant?

Psalm 81 - Much of this Psalm shows up in the Lord’s prayer as we confess that God will establish his kingdom, lift our burdens, and provide all we need. It is God’s desire to care for his people. Therefore we are quick to pray in confidence.

Psalm 82 - We seem to have a spark of divinity in us. But it is only a dull remnant, recalling the way we were created in God’s image. Our fallen nature shows up as soon as we compare ourselves to God. May he show himself as the great ruler.

Psalm 83 - We notice that God often seems less zealous to protect himself than we do. People revile him and he waits. God’s mercy extends far beyond ours! While we are quick to defend ourselves, he forgives instead.

Psalm 84 - When I think of finding refuge in God I frequently think of wild animals in not-so-wild places. Look carefully around an urban environment. It’s dominated by humans. But there’s a nest in a sign, a hole in a tree, another hole in a planter. The wild animals find refuge. How much more do we find refuge in God even in this hostile world.

Psalm 85 - What does it mean when we say God’s love is unfailing? It means that even when we forget to look at him in love and trust he still looks to us in mercy. He never fails.

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