Saturday 12-26-15 Felton, California (Ron and Elisabet’s home)
Scripture reading: Ps 117 Ps 119:81-176 2nd John 3rd John
S=Scripture O=Observation A=Application P=Prayer SOAP for the soul.
S. Ps 117:1-2 Praise the LORD, all you nations. Praise him, all you people of the earth. For he loves us with unfailing love; the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD! NLT
O. That’s the whole psalm! And if you count all the chapters in the Bible, you will find that there are 594 chapters before this tiny chapter and 594 chapters after it.* It is also the shortest chapter in the Bible. The whole Book before and after revolves on this axle... All the nations and all the peoples of the earth are called to praise the LORD for He loves them all and He remains faithful forever!
A. We know that the chapters and verses of the Bible were not made by God, but certainly when those chapters were made, nobody was counting them. Coincidence? Maybe. I find balance and symmetry in the Word of God from the beginning to the final ‘Amen’.
My little Felipe claims he set out to memorize the whole Bible. He wanted to know how it started... so I gave him Genesis 1:1. Then he wanted to know what the end was like so he would know it when he got there. I told him, “It ends with ‘Amen.’ So he goes; “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth... Amen.” Then he says, “I almost have it memorized. All I lack is the part in the middle!” You gotta give him some slack. He’s just a “dummy” you know. If he ever finds out that Psalm 117 is in the middle, I just know he is going to want to memorize it next.
P. Father Your Word, Your revelation to us humans is balanced from start to finish. It is worth of memorizing life-changing portions, lots of them... so as to recall them in moments of weeping and in moments of great joy. I will praise You today, for Your wonderful Christmas gift... You gave Your only Son! Amen.
“Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift!” (2 Cor 9:15)