Thursday, August 16, 2012

Bible Reading Challenge Week 33 Day 4

Our reading challenge for the day is Psalms 136-140. I’ll hit a few highlights. You make comments too and fill in the gaps. What strikes you as specially significant?

Psalm 136 - The repeated line “His love endures forever” seems almost out of place at times. Yet in the context of praises to the God who has particularly shown his love by bringing Jesus, the Messiah, to provide life for all who believe, this makes perfect sense. God’s love makes him preserve his chosen people forever, no matter what their unbelieving enemies might do.

Psalm 137 - The Babylonians who took Judah captive and destroyed her people then wanted life as usual. Yet here the Psalmist reflects that some trials are not easily left behind. Rather, we add those hard life events into our coherent world view, realizing that God’s mercy is what we depend on even in the worst of times.

Psalm 138 - The LORD preserves us. When we are troubled we depend on his word (v. 4) rather than our own.

Psalm 139 - Our God is the one who lovingly knows all of our life, all the time, from beginning to end. Nothing escapes his loving care.

Psalm 140 - When faced with opposition David here prays that his enemies will reap the natural consequences of their actions. Do we trust that the LORD will care for us in the same way?

No comments: