Bible Reading Notes—Step 6: Week 40

Sunday – Psalm 103

If we ever doubted God’s love for man, then Psalm 103 can remove our doubts. God’s love is everlasting to those who fear Him and it extends to their children’s children. God is like a father who has compassion on His children. He states that He removes our sin as far as the east is from the west. He heals our diseases, saves us and renews us. He will not punish us as our sins deserve and He makes allowances for our limitations. All these things He does because of who He is – compassionate, gracious, slow to anger and abounding in love (see Exodus 34:5-7). Even the angels praise Him! So should we.

Monday – Psalm 104

Psalm 104 goes through all the days of creation and highlights God’s work. Everything about creation is well designed and examples are given. All power is with God. He can cause death and life. He can make the earth shake and control the wind. He is splendid, glorious and majestic. When one considers all His work, all one can do is praise its Maker. How will we respond to this? Will we rejoice in God and be careful with our thoughts (verses 33,34)? Or will we be like the wicked who will be removed from God’s creation (verse 38)? Let us praise God!

Tuesday – Psalm 110

Jesus quotes from this Psalm as a Psalm about himself (Matthew 22:41-44). Jesus will sit at the right hand of God until the enemies are subdued. God will bring this about from Jerusalem using His people. He will rule over His enemies and crush enemy kings. Not only will God set up Jesus as King, but He has set Jesus up as a priest. He is a priest after the order of Melchizedek – that is, a unique role with no end (see also Hebrews 6:20-7:20). Jesus is made both King and priest by God. Enemies should beware!

Wednesday – Psalm 122

Jerusalem is the place of Israel’s pilgrimage. It has been like that since King David’s time. It was where the pilgrims rejoiced and praised God. It was the place of judgment and the throne of David. More importantly, it was the place of the house of God. It is there that the blessings of God can be found, and the place of peace from God: Jerusalem means ‘City of Peace.’ It is ironic that Jerusalem has had a far from peaceful history; a time of peace will come, however (see for example Isaiah 2:1-4), and so everyone should pray for the peace of Jerusalem. We know from the situation today that only God can bring this about.

Thursday – Psalm 146

There is a choice. One can either trust in man or one can trust in God. The trouble with man is that he dies and his plans die with him. There is no point trusting in man, who cannot deliver on his promises. What about God? God does not die. God made the heavens and the earth. He cares for the hungry, the oppressed, the prisoner, the blind, the hunchback, the foreigner, the fatherless, the widow. All those who get ignored by human governments are not ignored by God. God also disrupts the plans of the wicked. In all these ways God shows Himself to be faithful and trustworthy. God deserves our trust and praise.

Friday – Psalm 149

God should be praised in word, music and dance. He is the Maker of Israel and their King. God delights in His people and blesses them with salvation. His people rejoice in these blessings, and even do so when they think about this in bed. Even while praising God, God will also use them as His instruments to bring punishment on the nations for their sins. Praise the Lord.

Saturday – Psalm 150

Having considered the works, the greatness and the goodness of God, there is only one way to end the whole of the Psalms – with unrestrained praise of God. Let everything praise God. Using all varieties of musical instrument, and in dance, let the whole orchestra and people praise God. Praise the Lord.