Questions for Reflection – Psalm 115 – 119

Over the last few weeks, the journey has taken me through Psalm 110-114. I got a good picture of the Messiah and of the rewarding future. The most joyful writings in the world are found in the gospel because they are about progress, victory, and celebration which are stepping stones to a winning tradition. 

Praise God for He is majestic, righteous, compassionate, faithful, and just. Great are the works of the Lord. Take a look at images of nature. A Sunrise, rainbow, waterfall, mountains, fall foliage, snow covered countryside, or sunset. Faith brings light to a dark world and builds momentum for the day. 

Let us hold each other’s hand up as we walk by faith. We may not know the intricate details of how things work but we don’t have to as long as we have faith that they work. For example: I don’t know how a light bulb works but I know when I turn on the switch, there is light. Opening up God’s Word is like turning on that switch that lights the path and we can walk by faith. 

Also, along my recent journey, there was remembrance of the past brought out in the Psalms. At the ancient festivals of Israel like Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles the people would thank God for what He had done. Today, we should praise God for passing over each of us marked with the blood of Christ so that we are spared from death eternal but into life everlasting. There is abundant life and eternal rewards through His Son. His Word provides light for understanding and awareness which provides bright days even during dark times. 

The exodus is significant in Israel’s history. Let us acknowledge God’s power and goodness in what He did for Israel. Then apply it to that much greater work of wonder, our redemption by Christ; encouraging ourselves and others to trust in God during difficult times. God sees the big picture and the Bible tells us what He can do. Just rely on how magnificent He has made you and let Him do the amazing part.

Woman Using Her Laptop in a Hammock

As I continue the journey through the Bible, the next adventure will take me to Psalm 115-118. Over the next few weeks, I will be posting about the journey and will use the questions below to help focus on each passage. Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of these questions. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God.

Psalm 115
Passage Lookup
Contrast idols and the Lord. What does each do? On What basis does Israel ask for God’s help? What is their confidence? 

Psalm 116
Passage Lookup
Why do you love the Lord? How does the psalmist relate to God in the midst of trials? When he has been delivered? 

Psalm 117-118
Passage Lookup
Who are called on to praise God? For what reason? How does God respond to those who call on Him? In what way has God given you light?

Psalm 119:1-40
Passage Lookup
What is the purpose of the law of the Lord? The result of keeping the law? How are lips and eyes related to keeping the law? Why is God’s Word essential for life?

Psalm 119:41-88
Passage Lookup
What questions will God’s Word answer? Why? What is the value of God’s law? What is the purpose of your living?

Psalm 119:89-136
Passage Lookup
What questions will God’s Word answer? Why? What is the value of God’s law? What is the purpose of your living?

Psalm 119:137-176
Passage Lookup

List the difficulties which have afflicted the psalmist in spite of his zeal for keeping God’s Word. To what qualities of God does the psalmist appeal? Summarize the benefits of understanding God’s Word.

The above reading plan will be used as I share over the next few posts. It’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Him as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with Him amazing! At this link: God’s Plan for Us, is a post about accepting God’s plan or reaffirming our “YES” for Christ. 

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Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts
Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God. Downer Grove Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1978
First United Methodist Waco Podcast
Christ Notes
Family Times

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About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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10 Responses to Questions for Reflection – Psalm 115 – 119

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  2. I’ve had similar thoughts from my reading of Deuteronomy. Reading the first few books of the Old Testament has revealed so much more about the meaning and the significance of God’s love for us and Jesus’ death on the cross. What an amazing God we love and serve!

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