Monthly Archives: February 2011

Day Fifty

February 28, 2011 – day 50

Isa 14:1 to Isa 28:29
To page 600 in your BIND Bible

Day Forty Nine

February 27, 2011 – day 49

Isa 1:1 to Isa 13:22
To page 588 in your BIND Bible

Day Forty Eight

February 26, 2011 – day 48

Ecc 3:1 to SoS 8:14
To page 576 in your BIND Bible

Day Forty Seven

February 25, 2011 – day 47

Pr 20:22 to Ecc 2:26
To page 564 in your BIND Bible

Day Forty Six

February 24, 2011 – day 46

Pr 7:1 to Pr 20:21
To page 552 in your BIND Bible

Encouragement for Week 7

The Book of Psalms has been called the Prayer Book of the Bible.  Praise and pleadings are found in its honest, heartfelt, and God-centered pages.  The words of the psalms give voice to our deepest needs, informing individual prayer.  The psalms have also been used in public worship, Jewish and Christian, from earliest times.  They are spoken responsively and set to music, forming the basis of some our greatest songs and hymns.  Many people have a favorite psalm, such as the 23rd, which they learn and carry with them in their hearts.

Psalms cover the vast range of human experience, always in the context of God’s wise and gracious dealings with us. Psalms celebrate the Lord’s work in creation, they express great joy and dark fears, they give thanks for protection and deliverance, and they recall the wonder of miracles and the majesty of the law.  Often, psalms ask for salvation from enemies, and may even look for God’s judgment on foes.  Some psalms, such as Ps. 51, form a confession of sins, directing us to place our hope in God’s forgiveness.

Jesus in his boyhood and youth would have been profoundly shaped by the psalms.  His teachings often contained references to them.  New Testament writers saw in Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, the fulfillment of prophetic words in the psalms. 

The psalms can strengthen our spiritual life in many ways.  As we make these biblical prayers more and more our own, we will be blessed by the Word dwelling in us richly.

Day Forty Five

February 23, 2011 – day 45 (half way)

Ps 135:1 to Pr 6:35
To page 540 in your BIND Bible