We read four psalms today, at three different times of the day, two of them at mid-day, and one each in the morning and in the evening. Psalm 132-135 is what we’re about.
This morning we drink in Psalm 132. Draw a lamp in your Bible’s margin.
“… I will make a horn to sprout for David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed.” (132.17)
At mid-day we ponder Psalm 133-134. Sketch a bearded face and the word “Lord.”
“It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes!” (133.2)
“Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who stand by night in the house of the Lord! Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the Lord! May the Lord bless you from Zion, he who made heaven and earth!” (134.1-3)
Tonight we read Psalm 135. Draw several dead stick figures, all of whom are kings.
“He it was who … who struck down many nations and killed mighty kings …” (135.8a,10)
Today, as a part of the PPMY project, we read six very brief psalms: Psalm 120-125. Read a pair of them this morning, a pair at mid-day, and a pair tonight.
What will you draw in your Bible’s margin as you read each psalm? As for me I’ll sketch a peace symbol, the moon, a set of gates, a throne, a snare, and a scepter.
This morning. Psalm 120-121.
“I am for peace, but when I speak, they are for war!” (120.7)
“The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.” (121.6)
Mid-day. Psalm 122-123.
“Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem!” (122.2)
“To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!” (123.1)
Tonight. Psalm 124-125.
“We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped!” (124.7)
“For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous, lest the righteous stretch out their hands to do wrong.” (125.3)
We complete our reading of Psalm 119 today by reading Ps. 119.145-176.
Let’s read vs.145-160 this morning and vs.161-176 tonight.
Draw the face of a clock in your Bible’s margin. Of course, such a symbol is anachronistic to the original time of this text … but you’ll remember this verse by doing so!
“My eyes are awake before the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promise.” (119.148)
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)