Psalm 119.105-144 makes up our reading for today: vs.105-120 this morning, vs.121-128 about the middle of the day, vs.129-144 at bedtime. I’ll sketch a face with a ? mark above the head. Here’s why:
“My zeal consumes me, because my foes forget your words. Your promise is well tried, and your servant loves it. I am small and despised, yet I do not forget your precepts.” (119.139-141)
Let’s read Psalm 119.73-104 today!
Read vs.73-80 this morning, vs.81-96 around noon, and finish it up by reading vs.97-104 this evening. My sketch will be of a “no turn” sign. Why? Here’s why:
“I do not turn aside from your rules, for you have taught me.” (119.102)
Our reading of Psalm 119 begins today and will continue through early next week. Today we’ll read and reflect on Psalm 119.1-32 (vs. 1-16 this morning, vs. 17-24 at mid-day, and vs. 25-32 this evening).
As for me, in connection with this reading I’ll sketch a set of crosshairs in my Bible’s margin for I find myself focusing on this particular verse in today’s reading:
“I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.” (119.15)
Psalm 116-18 form our reading and sketching today. Consider doing it like this:
Read Ps. 116 this morning and sketch a corpse.
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” (116.15)
Read Ps. 117 at mid-day and draw a crowd of people shouting “Praise the Lord!”
“Praise the Lord, all nations! Extol him, all peoples! For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!” (117.1-2)
Read Ps. 118. this evening and illustrate a cornerstone.
“The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (118.22-24)
Today we read and sketch some of Psalm 114-115 in the Put a Psalm in My Heart project.
Morning. Ps. 114. Drawing waves of the sea.
“The sea looked and fled … What ails you, O sea, that you flee?” (114.3,5)
Night. Psa. 115. Sketching some idols.
“Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see. They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell. They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; and they do not make a sound in their throat. Those who make them become like them; so do all who trust in them.” (115.4-8)
We read Psalm 110-113 and draw some of it all today as a part of the Put a Psalm in My Heart reading project.
Morning. Ps. 110. A footstool is what I’ll sketch for this psalm.
“The Lord says to my Lord: ‘Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.'” (110.1)*
Mid-day. Ps. 111. A plate of food.
“He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever.” (111.5)
Evening. Ps. 112. The horn of a bull.
“He has distributed freely; he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever; his horn is exalted in honor.” (112.9)
Tonight. Ps. 113. The rising/setting sun.
“From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised!” (113.3)
* Psalm 110 is by far and away the most frequently cited psalm in the New Testament. Vs. 1 is the OT verse most frequently quoted in the NT (cf. Matt. 22.44; etc.).
Psalm 108-109 comprise our reading today. Let’s read Ps. 108 this morning and Ps. 109 tonight.
I’ll sketch a sandal and a tombstone to help me remember some of each of these two psalms. Here’s why:
“Moab is my washbasin; upon Edom I cast my shoe; over Philistia I shout in triumph.” (108.9)
“May his days be few; may another take his office!” (109.8; cf. Acts 1.20)