Today is a celebration: 1000 posts of DWELLING in the Word have now been put up online over the past almost four years!
A chapter of the Bible a day, with art and music, free of charge, to the whole world! (Top six countries of readership: USA, United Kingdom, Canada, the Philippines, India, Australia.) Thanks to all of you who are reading through the Bible with me. And a special thanks to my dear friend Sue Awes, who first presented me with the idea of a Bible study blog. I have loved putting each post together and I pray that the Lord will bless this proclamation of his word for his own glorious and eternal purposes.
Psalm 119:161-176 (NIV)
ש Sin and Shin
161 Rulers persecute me without cause,
but my heart trembles at your word.
162 I rejoice in your promise
like one who finds great spoil.
163 I hate and detest falsehood
but I love your law.
164 Seven times a day I praise you
for your righteous laws.
The practice of daily prayers grew from the Jewish practice of reciting prayers at set times of the day: for example, in the Book of Acts, Peter and John visit the Temple for the afternoon prayers (Acts 3:1). Psalm 119:164 states: “Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous laws” which is among the scriptural quotes in the attestation of Saint Symeon of Thessaloniki that commences “The times of prayer and the services are seven in number, like the number of gifts of the Spirit, since the holy prayers are from the Spirit.”
The Hours have traditionally included Matins, Lauds, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers, and Compline, from morning to night. The picture above shows Roman Catholic monks of the Order of Saint Benedict singing Vespers at St. Mary’s Abbey in Morristown, New Jersey.
165 Great peace have those who love your law,
and nothing can make them stumble.
166 I wait for your salvation, Lord,
and I follow your commands.
167 I obey your statutes,
for I love them greatly.
168 I obey your precepts and your statutes,
for all my ways are known to you.
169 May my cry come before you, Lord;
give me understanding according to your word.
171 May my lips overflow with praise,
for you teach me your decrees.
172 May my tongue sing of your word,
for all your commands are righteous.
173 May your hand be ready to help me,
for I have chosen your precepts.
Isaiah 41:10 (ESV)
Fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
174 I long for your salvation, Lord,
and your law gives me delight.
175 Let me live that I may praise you,
and may your laws sustain me.
176 I have strayed like a lost sheep.
Seek your servant,
for I have not forgotten your commands.
1 Peter 2:25 (NLT)
Once you were like sheep
who wandered away.
But now you have turned to your Shepherd,
the Guardian of your souls.
In celebration of 1000 posts! — Click HERE for the the Norwegian soprano Sissel and the Oslo Gospel Choir singing “To God Be the Glory.”