Through the Bible, June 30

Reading: Psalm 69, 135 Summary: Despite the attribution of Psalm 69 to David, some have concluded this Psalm is from the time following the Babylonian captivity.  It is believed vv. 35-36 date the Psalm to this time period. Remember, the inscriptions at the heading of the Psalms (not all contain …

Through the Bible, June 29

Reading: Psalm 137, 74 Summary: Psalm 137 contains the only certain historical reference to place it during the time of the exile.  Psalm 74, if not written during this time, certainly expresses the attitude of God’s people in their captivity. Devotional Thought: Do You Remember? Memory is a powerful feature …

June Supplemental Reading

Week 5: Supplemental Reading June 29-30             June’s two supplemental reading days will focus on Psalms apparently written during the time of exile or after.  The destruction of Jerusalem and the temple and the seventy years of exile had greatly affected the Jews’ understanding of themselves and their relationship with …

Through the Bible, April 14

Reading: No Scheduled Reading Thoughts and Reflections: Today is the planned catch up day for the second week of April (8-14). Also, following are some points to ponder based on this week’s readings. In the introduction to this week’s reading we noted that 73 of the 100 Psalms that carry inscriptions …

Through the Bible, April 13

Reading: Psalms 30, 40, 103, 13 Summary: The final category of Psalms we’ll read from this week are Psalms of thanksgiving.  These are closely related to both lament and penitential Psalms in that they these are expressions of gratitude to God for deliverance and for forgiveness. What great instruction these …

Through the Bible, April 12

Reading: Psalms 6, 32, 38, 143 Summary: Several of the Psalms are expressions of repentance for sin committed.  These are called “penitential” Psalms.  In them the writer expresses sorrow for the wrong done, seeks forgiveness from God, and desires a restored relationship with him. We have already read one such …

Through the Bible, April 11

Reading: Psalms 5, 14, 28, 86, 109 Summary: The category into which more Psalms are classified than any other is the lament.  Perhaps the best description of a lament is found in the inscription to Psalm 102, which reads, “A prayer of one afflicted, when he is faint and pours …

Through the Bible, April 10

Reading: Psalms 11, 23, 27, 62, 131 Summary: As noted in the introductory remarks to this week’s reading, students of the Psalms have worked to categorize them according to different types.  Though these types are really of human origin, they do help provide aid in understanding the various purposes served …

Through the Bible, April 9

Reading: Psalms 78, 89, 132 Summary: The Psalms of today’s reading are not attributed to David, though all three do have inscriptions.  These will be the only three we read this week not ascribed to him.  Instead all three of these Psalms make reference to his reign and the important …

Through the Bible, April 8

Reading: Psalms 51, 3, 60 Summary: Having spent the first week of this month reading the historical record of David’s reign, we’ll begin our readings from Psalms with those bearing an inscription (or heading) that attributes them to events in David’s life while he reigned as king.  Be sure to …