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Suggested Readings To Read The Bible Through In A Year

Thursday    March 4, 2010    Numbers 9-11 and Psalm 21

 Today I am struck by the contrast between the readings in Numbers 11 and Psalm 21. There seems to be something more than just a few hundred years separating these two passages of scripture. The attitudes of the people in these two passages are polar opposites. Numbers 11 starts out with words

Numbers 11:1

Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the Lord, . . .

    On the other hand, the Psalm begins

Psalm 21:1

O Lord, the king rejoices in your strength.

How great is his joy in the victories you give!

   In Numbers 11 the Israeli people were complaining – complaining because God had set them free from the slavery of Egypt where there were being mistreated on a daily basis, where they had no sovereignty as a people group, and there seemed to be no hope of any change. They were complaining because God has miraculously brought them through the Red Sea on dry ground, miraculously turned bitter water sweet, and sent manna from heaven every morning for their food supply. They complained in spite of the fact that God’s presence was visibly manifested continually – there was the cloud that hovered over the tent of meeting – the cloud of God’s presence. It was easy to know when they were supposed to move and where they were supposed to go, all they had to do was follow the cloud. Yet, these people complained. Life was really hard (so they thought). They didn’t have any meat to mix with the manna. So the whined and complained . . . and the result was not pretty!

   On the other side of the coin is David in Psalm 21. Psalm 21 is one of those songs in which David just begins to count his blessings. Now I realize that this song was probably composed after some great victory. However, from what I read about the life of David in the book of Samuel, this was an attitude that was prevalent in David’s life even when life was really hard. David took time to thank God for the blessings of his life, and based on those blessings, to thank God for what he was going to do in the future.

In Psalm 21 David thanks God for:

“The victories won” (v. 1)

“Desires granted” (v. 2)

“Prayers answered” (v. 2)

“Presence welcomed” (v. 3)

“Crown given” (v. 3)

“Life-forever and ever” (v. 4)

“Glory bestowed” (v. 5)

“Joy in God’s presence” (v. 6)

“Unfailing love” (v. 7)

   In verses 8-12 David declares his faith in the fact that God will triumph over evil at every turn. He closes his song be declaring praise to God for his greatness and might.

   We would do well to follow David’s example and make a list of our blessings . . . and declare that list aloud in the presence of the Lord!

Suggested Readings To Read The Bible Through In A Year

Friday     March 5, 2010   Numbers 12-14 and Psalm 22

Saturday March 6, 2010   Numbers 15-18 and Psalm 23

Sunday   March 7, 2010   Numbers 19-21 and Psalm 24

Monday  March 8, 2010   Numbers 22-24 and Psalm 25

Tuesday March 9, 2010   Numbers 25-27 and Psalm 26


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