Scripture Sunday (25)

Scripture Sunday is a weekly quote-post to highlight Bible passages I’ve read recently that I found particularly interesting. My translation is the New International Version.

From my reading this week:

Extol the Lord, Jerusalem;
    praise your God, Zion.

He strengthens the bars of your gates
    and blesses your people within you.
He grants peace to your borders
    and satisfies you with the finest of wheat.

He sends his command to the earth;
    his word runs swiftly.
He spreads the snow like wool
    and scatters the frost like ashes.
He hurls down his hail like pebbles.
    Who can withstand his icy blast?
He sends his word and melts them;
    he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow.

-Psalms 147:12-18

Why I chose it:

I love the active quality of God’s “word” here. He sends his word; his word runs; he sends his word; his word melts them.

Scripture Sunday (23)

Scripture Sunday is a weekly quote-post to highlight Bible passages I’ve read recently that I found particularly interesting. My translation is the New International Version.

From my reading this week:

Your word, Lord, is eternal;
    it stands firm in the heavens.
Your faithfulness continues through all generations;
    you established the earth, and it endures.
Your laws endure to this day,
    for all things serve you.
If your law had not been my delight,
    I would have perished in my affliction.
I will never forget your precepts,
    for by them you have preserved my life.
Save me, for I am yours;
    I have sought out your precepts.
The wicked are waiting to destroy me,
    but I will ponder your statutes.
To all perfection I see a limit,
    but your commands are boundless.

-Psalm 119:89-96 (Lamedh)

Why I chose it:

This is really beautiful. I love the contrast between the immovable permanence of God’s Word and the speaker. I love the contrast between worldly “perfection” and God’s perfection, which is “boundless.”

Scripture Sunday (21)

Scripture Sunday is a weekly quote-post to highlight Bible passages I’ve read recently that I found particularly interesting. My translation is the New International Version.

From my reading this week:

In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth,
    and the heavens are the work of your hands.
They will perish, but you remain;
    they will all wear out like a garment.
Like clothing you will change them
    and they will be discarded.
But you remain the same,
    and your years will never end.
The children of your servants will live in your presence;
    their descendants will be established before you.”

-Psalms 102:25-28

 

Why I chose it:

God is awesome!

Scripture Sunday (20)

Scripture Sunday is a weekly quote-post to highlight Bible passages I’ve read recently that I found particularly interesting. My translation is the New International Version.

From my reading this week:

When David and his men reached Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep. David’s two wives had been captured—Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel. David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God.

-1 Samuel 30:3-6

and

But I trust in you, O Lord;

I say, “You are my God.”

My times are in your hands;

deliver me from my enemies

and from those who pursue me.

-Psalm 31:14-15

Why I chose these:

My times= my personal life, local events, nation events, world events.

Most of the time I’m not going to face anything close to being stoned (with actual stones, not drugs, I mean). I need to trust God in spite of my circumstances because “my times” are in His hands.