Devotion Day 44 – Through the Bible in 90 days

Day 44 – Psalm 109 – 134 – One of the things that stands out in today’s readings is Psalm 119. It is 176 verses long. It is a Hebrew acrostic Psalm. Each section is eight verses long and in each section each line begins with the Hebrew letter of that section. It’s pretty amazing when you think of it.

Here’s Psalm 119 in Hebrew. Hebrew is read right to left.

http://www.mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt26b9.htm

To see an example of this in English, of this same Psalm, you can go to the following website.

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnxjb21wYW55b2Z2b2ljZXMyMDExfGd4OjU2MWU2M2MzODAzMGI4ZGY

The first is an English acrostic rendering of Psalm 145. Going further you’ll find Psalm 119. It ends with W, for the Hebrew alphabet only has 23 characters, whereas English has 26.

Here is a listing of all the acrostic Psalms – Psalms 9, 10, 23, 34, 27, 111, 112, 119 and 145.

Here’s my other notes from today’s readings.

Psalm 121 is one of my favorite Psalms. I’ve read it at every single funeral service I’ve done as pastor of Community Presbyterian Church. It’s opening words remind me of growing up in Colorado and being able to look up at the mountains. And now that I live in the midst of the Ozarks, it rings true even here.

Some things I’ll take away from today’s readings:

“The Lord remembers us and will bless us.” (Psalm 115:12a)

“The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.” (118:14)

“Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” (124:8)

I’ll end today on this note. It’s something I go to often.

12 What shall I return to the Lord
for all his goodness to me?

13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
and call on the name of the Lord.
14 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people.
(Psalm 116:12-14)

May we each strive to do this through this day and every day.

O Lord, thanks for short verses which remind us of who you are and thanks for the many places in Psalms that reminds us as to whom we are; your child, your creation whom you love and want to protect. May we seek to honor thee this day through all we think, say and do. Amen.

By the way, you are now at the half way point of reading the Bible through in 90 days.

Next reading: Day 45: Psalms 135 – Proverbs 6:35

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