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)
We read Psalm 107 today.
Here’s the plan: read Ps. 107.1-9 this morning, 107.10-32 around mid-day, and 107.33-43 this evening. As for me, I’ll sketch a set of leg chains to help me remember a portion of this psalm.
“Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in affliction and in irons …” (107.10)
Today, we finish reading the fourth of the five books of the Psalms by reading and sketching something of Psalm 106. So let’s read Ps. 106.1-5 this morning, 106.6-47 this afternoon, and 106.44-48 tonight.
As for me, I’ll draw the symbol for infinity in my Bible’s margin and here are the texts connected with that drawing:
“Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! … Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! And let all the people say, ‘Amen!’ Praise the Lord!” (106.1,48)
Psalm 105 is what we read and sketch today. in my Bible’s margin I’ll sketch a stick figure “walking like an Egyptian.”
Read Ps. 105.1-11 this morning, 105.12-38 this afternoon, and 105.39-45 tonight.
“Then Israel came to Egypt; Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham. And the Lord made his people very fruitful and made them stronger than their foes. He turned their hearts to hate his people, to deal craftily with his servants. … Then he brought out Israel with silver and gold, and there was none among his tribes who stumbled. Egypt was glad when they departed, for dread of them had fallen upon it.” (105.23-25,37-38)
Today we read and reflect on a single psalm – Psalm 104 – and make a single sketch. As for me, I’ll draw a flame of fire.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, you are very great! You are clothed with splendor and majesty, covering yourself with light as with a garment. … he rides on the wings of the wind; he makes his messengers winds, his ministers a flaming fire.” (104.1-2a,3b-4)*
Read Ps. 104.1-9 this morning, 104.10-30, this afternoon, and 104.31-35 tonight.
* The concluding portion of this passage (vs. 4) is quoted in Hebrews 1.7.
Read Psalm 102-103 today and draw something you read. If you do so, you’ll remember what you read.
Morning. Ps. 102. An owl.
“I am like a desert owl of the wilderness, like an owl of the waste places; I lie awake; I am like a lonely sparrow on the housetop.” (102.6-7)
Evening. Ps. 103. A flower.
“As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.” (103.15-18)
Here’s the three-step plan for today:
- Pick some times across today to be in your Bible;
- read these psalms during those times: Psalm 98-101;
- and sketch something in your Bible’s margin regarding each of these four psalms.
Morning. Ps. 98. I’ll sketch a pair of hands clapping.
“Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.” (98.8-9)
Afternoon. Ps. 99-100. I’ll draw either a cherubim (that might require some imagination and/or research!) or the ground splitting open (as if from an earthquake). I’ll also draw a sheep.
“The Lord reigns; let the peoples tremble! He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!” (99.1)
“Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.” (100.3)
Night. Ps. 101. I’ll write out the word “Pssst!” (as if for a prelude to a secreted whisper).
“Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly I will destroy. Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart I will not endure.” (101.5)