This blog intends to promote the simple reading and explanation of Scripture. "Man shall not live by bread alone..." This means that there is more to living life than eating, working and sleeping. "but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God." God's word provides the nutrients we need to live a purposeful and obedient life. Verse for Today intends to feed this need.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Verse for Today - Psalm 118:5-6 (click to read mini-blog)
"I called on the LORD in distress; the LORD answered me andset me in a broad place. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?"
Psalm 118 is a Psalm of distinction for a number of reasons.
1. It's overall message and theme are edifying and encouraging. The first and last verse of the Psalm urge us to "Give thanks to the Lord; for His mercy endures forever."
2. It is located between the shortest and the longest Psalms, #117 and #119.
3. More than this (and I'm relying on an article I once read), Psalm 118 is said to be middle chapter of the Bible. Incidentally, this is why if you take your bible in hand and open it to the middle, you will probably open to one of the 150 Psalms.
4. The Psalm progresses from the writer's personal experience of deliverance (vss. 5,6), to the Messianic expectation of Christ and His ultimate victory over all his enemies (and ours) (vss. 21-28)... esp. verses 22,23 and 26:
22 The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. 23 This was the LORD’s doing; It is marvelous in our eyes.
26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD! We have blessed you from the house of the LORD.