Thursday, August 2, 2012

Bible Reading Challenge Week 31 Day 4

Our reading challenge for the day is Psalms 86-90. I’ll hit a few highlights. You make comments too and fill in the gaps. What strikes you as specially significant?

Psalm 86 - We are often bold to confess God’s power and love. But sometimes we are afraid that our prayers are selfish. We think God loves all those other people but maybe he doesn’t love us. Lord, treat us with your blessings just as we would have you bless others!

Psalm 87 - How does God treat “outsiders”? He gathers all sorts of outcasts to himself and treats them as his beloved family. What does this urge us to as we seek to bring Christ’s love to our community? Gather them all in!

Psalm 88 - Is it right to say the Psalmist is in despair here? Not entirely. There is some hope, for he turns himself toward God. Even when we are very low we can hope in the Lord. He is our deliverer.

Psalm 89 - Even as the Lord made his promise to David, he arranged for the wrath of mankind and the wrath of God to strike Jesus, the Son of David. He was mocked and brought low so we could be raised up with him in glory.

Psalm 90 - Our frailty stands in stark contrast to the Lord’s might. May we learn to rejoice in him for as much time as he grants us.

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