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Showing posts with label Psalm 118 God is worthy to be trusted:. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Psalm 118 God is worthy to be trusted:. Show all posts

Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Verse At The Center Of The Bible!

Psalm 117 is the shortest chapter in the Bible. Psalm 119 is the longest. Psalm 118 is at the center of the Bible. There are 594 chapters in the Bible before Psalm 118, and 594 chapters after Psalm 118 - 1,188 chapters. This number can be split 118-8, or Psalm 118:8. Now we know that the chapter divisions in the Bible are not part of original Scripture, but isn't it interesting how this little word exercise worked out? Or was God in the center of it all? And if He was, shouldn't the center verse of the Bible contain its central theme? It does: "It is better to trust in the Lord that to put confidence in man."
In Psalm 118 the Psalmist recalls seven reasons why God is worthy to be trusted:
  1. "I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place(v 5).
  2. "The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?"(v 6).
  3. "The Lord taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me"(v 7).
  4. " I shall not die, but live,and declare the works of the Lord"(v 17 )
  5. "The Lord hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death"(v 18 ).
  6. "This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it"(v 24 ).
  7. "Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever"(v 29 ).