The Bible in a Year

Psalms

Psalm 118 to 119:56
Read this coming week:
May 9 1 Sam 1‐2, Ps 118, 1 Cor 12‐13 May 10 1 Sam 3‐5, Ps 119:1‐8, 1 Cor 14 May 11 1 Sam 6‐8, Ps 119:9‐16, 1 Cor 15‐16 May 12 1 Sam 9‐10, Ps 119:17‐24, 2 Cor 1‐2 May 13 1 Sam 11‐13, Ps 119:25‐32, 2 Cor 3‐4 May 14 1 Sam 14, Ps 119:33‐40, 2 Cor 5‐6 May 15 1 Sam 15‐16, Ps 119:41‐48, 2 Cor 7‐8 May 16 1 Sam 17, Ps 119:49‐56, 2 Cor 9‐10

Reading Questions
For next week you’re reading Psalm 118-119:56. Answer the following: • How many times does Psalm 118 use the phrase “steadfast love endures forever”? • How do you gain a “way that is blameless”? • How can a young man keep his way pure? • What pressure threatens the meditations of the psalmist? • How does God strengthen us? • Why does the psalmist ask for understanding? • Who will the psalmist speak his testimonies before?

How does the psalmist use God’s statutes?

Luther and the Psalms
Martin Luther loved the Psalms. As an Old Testament scholar, he was very taken by the linguistic complexity of these Hebrew poems, but he also appreciated the “everyman” approach that the Psalms took toward human life. In 1528, he wrote the following about the psalms: "Psalter is the book of all saints; and everyone, in whatever situation he may be, finds in that situation psalms and words that fit his case, that suit him as if they were put there just for his sake, so that he could not put it better himself, or find or wish for anything better." As we approach the psalms, some 500 years after Luther, we can say the same thing of these songs of praise, lament, thanksgiving, and petition to the God who reveals Himself to us through these verses.

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