Read 122.) Psalms 103, 104, 113, 114 and 117. With this, we are now 1/3 of the way thru the Bible! And, we open with one of the most popular psalms. Psalm 103: David is credited with these 22 verses. It is a must-read out loud! Your own soul will be lifted up, even as David’s was when he wrote it 3,000 years ago! How people can be so confused, and think that religion is just about keeping rules; do’s and don’ts. They have no idea that the very heart of our faith and true religion is this deeply emotional and eminently fulfilling and satisfying relationship with the One, True and Living God! It is for all those who will seek Him, until He is found of them. And, He will let those find Him, who seek Him with all their heart! Is it any wonder that this is a favorite? Psalm 104: A powerful 35 verses, as soon as the blessedness of 103 starts to wane a little, just launch right into 104, and be lifted right back up again! This is exultation, of the kind one feels, when they are deeply in love! Love the Lord! Seek Him early. Seek Him often!
Psalm 113: Like the others, 9 verses filled with the joy that is born of praising the Lord! Is it possible to read these out loud, with all the feeling and sensation that they inspire, and not be moved to want to draw ever-closer unto the Lord? God is good! Psalm 114: A brief 8 verses from we know not who. It is an incredibly poetic review of God’s miracles on the behalf of His people Israel. It hearkens back to the Exodus, the Red Sea crossing, the crossing of the Jordan, and the taking of the Promised Land. In the final verse, the psalmist recalls the great waters that came forth from out of the rock at Rephidim in Exodus 17. How can anyone say that these are merely fanciful and mythical legends? They were real! They actually happened!!! In all of it, it praises the Lord for His loving watchcare over His people. Lastly, Psalm 117: The briefest chapter in all the Bible, it is just 2 verses. But, O, what a 2 verses they are! How often do we see that two of the most prominently extolled characteristics of the Lord are His love and His faithfulness! He loves us, and He will be faithful unto every one of us. He is a promise-making, and a promise-keeping God! What He desires is that we will believe Him, trust in Him, and love Him in return; when we have received His salvation, which He so freely gives, in and through His Son, the resurrected and living Lord, Jesus Christ! It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell