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Day 161 of the podcast, reading Psalms 1-8 NET, read along at:
This is day 161 of our journey.
I am very excited to read through the Book of Psalms with you! I've never been excited by poetry, and Psalms, unfortunately, has been no exception. However, as I've studied more and learned the book's structure better, I realize that this is NOT just 150 poems, but rather a carefully crafted narrative. I look forward to experiencing this firsthand as I read through it again as part of our shared journey! One of the resources that has really helped me with this is an overview video on the book of Psalms by the Bible Project (link in the description). I highly recommend that you check it out before continuing.
The first chapter of Psalms is, essentially, a foreword to the entire book. It describes two different paths that we, as humans, must choose between; The way of the wicked or the way of the Law of the Lord. These paths lead to two different rewards: we will be like a tree planted by streams of water, or we will be like chaff, blown and tossed by the wind. Choose the right path!
The rest of our reading follows from this idea. The psalmists go through struggles and cry out before God. They trust in Him and follow in the Lord's path even when all hope seems lost. God answers them and delivers them, destroying the wicked in the process.
Join me in Psalms 1-8 and rejoice in the Law of the Lord!
Instead he finds pleasure in obeying the Lord’s commands; he meditates on his commands day and night.
Ask me,and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the ends of the earth as your personal property.
But you, Lord, are a shield that protects me; you are my glory and the one who restores me.
I will lie down and sleep peacefully, for you, Lord, make me safe and secure.
Lord, lead me in your righteousness because of those who wait to ambush me, remove the obstacles in the way in which you are guiding me!
The Lord has heard my appeal for mercy;the Lord has accepted my prayer.
I will thank the Lord for his justice;I will sing praises to the Lord Most High!
When I look up at the heavens, which your fingers made,and see the moon and the stars, which you set in place, 4 Of what importance is the human race, that you should notice them?Of what importance is mankind, that you should pay attention to them?
All Scriptures are from the NET.
Check out these links for more thoughts on the topic:
The Bible Project Video:
Overview Chart by Charles Swindoll
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