Bible Reading and Commentary for the Week April 25-30, 2016
Bible Reading and Commentary for the Week
April 25-30, 2016
Monday, April 25, Psalm 90
v. 4 – If we slept in the grave for a thousand years, that would be like how many days for God?
vv. 10, 14 – This is still the average lifespan of a human being. Our life is like Moses’ description of it in vv. 5-6. That’s why our daily prayer must be, “Satisfy us in the morning with Your unfailing love.” God’s unfailing love is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Tuesday, April 27, Psalm 91
vv. 9-12 – When we walk in God’s ways, His mighty angels do watch over us and protect us. However, sometimes God permits tribulation to strike us. That, at times, is necessary as God looks into our hearts and sees us beginning slowly to drift from Him. When tribulation comes, how can a Christian under those circumstances say, ‘No evil has befallen me’? That’s because God takes that evil and turns it into good for us. Read Rom. 8:28 or Heb. 12:10,11.
Wednesday, April 28, Psalm 92
vv. 1. 12-15 – An elderly person once said, coming to our communion service at the Luther Home, “It’s good to be here!” Why is it good to be in God’s house, wherever that worship may be? There I can thank the Lord for His loving-kindness and faithfulness, which is constant day in and day out. Even in old age, God gives the Christian rigor and stamina to use his gifts and talents to serve Him (v. 14). Think of Moses whom God used to serve him at the age of 80.
v. 12 – An excellent description of a faithful Christian. The beautiful cedars of Lebanon were used in building the temple. Christians who daily commit themselves to the Gospel in Word and Sacrament, will grow up solid spiritually, like the cedars of Lebanon. In storms, they’ll bend, but not break. They’ll flourish and still bear rich fruits of faith even when they are old. (vv. 13, 14)
Thursday, April 29, Psalms 93-94
Ps. 93, v. 5 – God’s statutes here, His truths, probably are His Law and Gospel. They stand firm, century after century giving us perfect direction as to how we are to live (His Law), and giving us unchanging peace and happiness and the glorious hope of eternal life (His Gospel).
Ps. 94, v. 22 – We can with utmost confidence take refuge in the Lord. The reasons are given in vv.14, 18, and 19 and v. 5 of Ps. 93
Friday, April 29, Psalms 95
vv. 1-7 – The Christian’s joyful life of hope, happiness and security is reflected in these verses.
vv. 8-11 – Here is a warning to us all. “They shall never enter my rest” could mean the rest God promised Israel in Canaan. However, the true meaning of these words is interpreted in Heb. 4. There the “rest” is heaven. Many Israelites lost that rest because they refused God’s mercy and grace (Heb. 4:1-11). Let’s be among those in vv. 1-7 and not those in vv. 8-11. Jesus said, “Blessed are they who hear the Word of God and obey it.” (Luke 11:28)
Saturday, April 30, Psalm 96
v. 1 – The world’s songs are old songs even though we may be hearing them for the first time. That’s because their message is a rehash of what we’ve heard before. The Christian’s song is a new song. This is because we sing of God’s plan of salvation that began in eternity (Eph. 1:4,5), and its fulfillment will take us into eternity (I Peter 1:3,4). There we Christians will see the Lord who made the heavens and there we’ll live in His world that unfolds into spectacular joy and happiness, which human words cannot describe.
vv. 3 & 5 – The reason the Christian will declare God’s glory among all nations of the world is because we’ve experienced God’s salvation in Jesus. God is also not dead, as the Moslem God is. Our God lives and is the Creator of heaven and earth.