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Language is important to God. Yet, many drift through life without any real dialogue with a God Who desires to be personal.
Language is important to God. Yet, many drift through life without any real dialogue with a God Who desires to be personal.

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FramedBy Mark Hamby
Language is important to God. Yet, many drift through life without any real dialoguewith a God Who desires to be personal.Gene Edward Veith, author of 
Reading Between the Lines
, writes:
We can never know anyone intimately by simply being in that person’s
presence. We need to have a conversation in order to share our thoughts andour personalities. By the same token, we need a conversation with God
a two-wayconversation through language
in order to know Him on a personal basis. Justas human beings address God by means of language through prayer, Godaddresses human beings by means of language in the pages of Scripture.Prayer and Bible reading are central to a personal relationship with God.
To illustrate this point, let’s take a look at one of the ways God communicates with
us. In Psalm 117 we have what is called a framing device, where the opening andclosing lines are identical
—―Praise the L
ORD
‖ and ―Praise the
L
ORD
.‖ In Psalm
118 wehave a similar framing with these words:
 ―
O give thanks unto the L
ORD
.‖ 
The beauty
of God’s Word becomes even more expressive and lovely when our eyes are open to
the larger framing with Psalms 135 and Psalm 136 being a mirror image of 117 and118. See in the diagram below how these verses mirror each other:Psalm 117:1 O praise the L
ORD
 Psalm 117:2 Praise ye the L
ORD
 Psalm 118:1 O give thanks unto the L
ORD
 Psalm 118:29 O give thanks unto the L
ORD
 Psalm 135:1 Praise ye the L
ORD
 Psalm 135:21 Praise ye the L
ORD
 Psalm 136:1 O give thanks unto the L
ORD
 Psalm 136:26 O give thanks unto the God of heavenThis intentional framing design is one of the ways that God communicates His love to
us. It’s not just what He says, but
how 
He says it. There is beauty and art even inthe form of His words. A
t the center of God’s Word is found one of the mostremarkable truths given to man, but first let’s take a closer look at
Psalm 117 and118 compared with Psalm 135 and 136. As you can see in the chart above, we havean artistic framing technique of communication.When I first came upon this unique feature, I wondered what the purpose was forthe framing. Then it occurred to me that frames highlight and accentuate what isbeing framed. Psalms 117
118 and 135
136 frame Psalm 119 and the AscentPsalms 120
134. A closer look at these framed Psalms shows that they are dividedinto two parts: Psalm 119, which focuses on the Word of God, and Psalms 120through 134, which are the fifteen Ascent Psalms. These two central themes, theWord of God and Ascending to the Presence of God, are framed and highlighted asthe centerpiece of the Bible.
 
 God has framed a unique, artistic, and unforgettable truth as the literal center of theBible. Traditionally, scholars have argued that both Psalm 117 and Psalm 118 are atthe center. However, they have missed the fact that this larger framed structure isnot only the centerpiece of the Scriptures but also conveys what may be the mostimportant truth ever given to man!What is this truth? In Psalm 119, we see 172 references to the Word of God. That
would be like Jesus saying, ―Verily, verily, I say unto you‖ 172 times! God is
stressing that the Word of God, emphasized in Psalm 119, is extremely important.The next framed section, known as the 15 Ascent Psalms, focuses on songs thatwere to be sung on the fifteen steps of the Temple, prior to entering the presence of God.Those who possess the greatest and most lasting joy and fulfillment in life pursue
God’s
presence through the light and lamp of His Word. If there was one thing that Icould do differently I would take one year with each of my children and focus solelyon reading through the Word of God. My reasoning is due to Deuteronomy 17, whereGod commands that before a new king begins his duties, he must write out everyWord of God and read it daily so that he will not forget. I believe that if we becamemore intimately connected with the Word of God and the God of the Word, we wouldexperience the treasures of what is promised in Psalm 119 and the fifteen AscentPsalms. What are those promises? Like all treasure, it is waiting to be found. Enjoy a
framed section of God’s ―artword‖ below:
117:1 O praise the L
ORD
 Psalm 117:2 Praise ye the L
ORD
 Psalm 118:1 O give thanks unto the L
ORD
 Psalm 118:29 O give thanks unto the L
ORD
 Psalm 119 The Word of GodPsalm 120
134 The Presence of GodPsalm 135:1 Praise ye the L
ORD
 Psalm 135:21 Praise ye the L
ORD
 Psalm 136:1 O give thanks unto the L
ORD
 Psalm 136:26 O give thanks unto the God of heaven
Books to Read
If you enjoy studying the Bible from a Biblical theological perspective, the following
books are among Mark’ 
s favorites. Dr. Gage was one of the first to introduce Mark tothis type of theological discovery, which set him on a course that has made Biblestudy the most rewarding and fulfilling activity of his life.
Gospel of Genesis
by Dr. Warren Gage
 Judah and Joseph
by Dr. Warren Gage

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