Friday, September 2, 2011

What I Learned from Psalms Chapters 1 to 50 - Reading the Bible in 90 Days

As you know I have started reading the Bible. I have 90 days to complete it and I am reading it with hundreds (1200+ to be exact) of other women. Each week (and even day to day) we check-in with each other on our progress, to pray for each other, and to share our thoughts. How cool is that?

So, I thought I would take each Book of the Bible and share my thoughts, verses, or people that stood out or spoke to me on that particular day. I have been doing most of my reading in the mornings reading whenever I can! The key is to get it done. If you get behind, you keep at it....catching up in chunks each day. The readings have been manageable and I am still praying it stays that way for me. I am currently several days behind schedule, but, gradually, I am catching up.
If any of this has peaked your interest in Reading the Bible in 90 Days, check out Moms Toolbox.  I am sure there will be another session this winter. 
In my Bible it gave a list of reasons to read the Psalms.  I found this helpful and am going to include it here today.
When you want to know how to come to God each day.................Read Psalm 5
When you want to understand yourself more clearly........................Read Psalm 8
When you want to please God........................................................Read Psalm 15
When you want to find comfort.......................................................Read Psalm 23
When you want to learn more about God........................................Read Psalm 24
Psalm 2:12 ....Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
Psalm 7:14-15 He who is pregnant with evil and conceives trouble gives birth to disillusionment.  He who digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit he has made.  What a vivid description for those who hurt others. 
Psalm 9: 9-10 The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in time of trouble.  Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
Psalm 16:1 Keep me safe, O God, for in your I take refuge.
Psalm 18:1-2, 6, 28-30  I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.  In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help.  From his temple  he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.  You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall.  As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless.  He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.
Psalm 22:1 My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?  Aren't these the same words Jesus says from the cross?  I don't think it is a coincidence that David said these words and then they are repeated by Jesus.
Psalm 23 No description needed. 
Psalm 25:4-5  Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior.
Psalm 27: 1,4,14  The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid?  One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.  Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him and I am helped.  My heart leaps for joy and I will give that to him in song.
Psalm 30:4-5  Sing to the Lord, you saints of his; praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
Psalm 32:8  I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.
Psalm 33:20-22 We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you.
Psalm 34:12-14,16  Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth. 
I can't imagine a worse fate - to have my memory removed from God's.
Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 46:1,10 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Be still and know that I am God.  I LOVE these 2 verses!
Psalm 49:15 But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself.  My greatest hope is that I will see Him and be redeemed.
There is SO MUCH good stuff in Psalms!  I still have 100 more chapters to go.  I really tried to focus on those verses that made me stop during my reading.  Those verses that just jumped out and made me take a moment to think, to reflect, or pray, .  I hope these verses bless you today!

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