Tuesday, April 24, 2012
In the Bible, the shortest chapter is Psalm 117
Conversely, the longest chapter is Psalm 119
Between these two is (obviously) the 118th Psalm
There are 594 chapters in the Bible before Psalm 118
There are 594 chapters in the Bible after Psalm 118
By chapter count, Psalm 118 is the very center of the Bible.
The email went on to total out the sum as 594+594=1188, drawing relevance to Psalms 118:8 as a central message to the Bible.
Who cares? Not to be flippant with the Holy Word of the Living God, but why all of the number crunching? What is so important or noticeable about this? Why the accounting lesson?
How many of us would say we are seeking God's will for our lives? How many of us are seeking to know Him more intimately? How many of us yearn to know the fullness of joy that He would have us daily walking in? How many of us desire to be centered in Him?
"O GIVE thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!"
"Out of my distress I called upon the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free and in a large place."
"The Lord is on my side and takes my part, He is among those who help me; therefore shall I see my desire established upon those who hate me."
"It is better to trust and take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in man."
"The Lord is my Strength and Song; and He has become my Salvation."
"I shall not die but live, and shall declare the works and recount the illustrious acts of the Lord."
"I will confess, praise, and give thanks to You, for You have heard and answered me; and You have become my Salvation and Deliverer."
"This is the day which the Lord has brought about; we will rejoice and be glad in it."
"You are my God, and I will confess, praise, and give thanks to You; You are my God, I will extol You."
"O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever."
Don't you find it interesting that the very center of God's Word to us is an admonishment to center ourselves in Him, to praise and pursue Him? Note the benefits of doing so. Uncertain about a decision? Trust and take refuge in Him. Encompassed by enemies and those who seek your downfall? Praise and call out to Him. I love the underscore of verse 8, the epicenter of mathematical numbering of the above listed email - take your eyes off of men for your salvation/solutions/deliverance and put your confidence in HIM! And all throughout this centering of focus is praise, praise, praise. The chapter starts with praise and ends with praise. We can never praise enough because He inhabits the praises of His people and transforms the world in which they walk when they praise Him.
I encourage you, read this chapter, the whole chapter, often. Center yourself in the Word - and watch Him center your world under His designs for your life.
Posted by Joshua Mikeworth