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Psalm 117, the middle chapter


There are pages of Bible trivia. Just doing some numbers makes Psalm 117 interesting on a couple of points. One, it is the shortest chapter of the Bible, and the shortest Psalm. Since there are 929 chapters in the Bible, someone has counted and Psalm 117 is also the middle chapter. So, will knowing that gain me access to the Kingdo? No.

But, it does communicate something to us---

1. Brevity of words is a good thing.

2. There are two rock solid theological thoughts in the middle of the Bible.

Of course, King David was a musician and a wordsmith. Carried along by the Holy Spirit this man was a lyrics writing machine, a poet for the ages. At times, however, there must have been moments---good ones and bad ones---when words failed him. So, perhaps Psalm 117 is one of them. On a mountaintop or in a valley he was able to express deep theological blessings in a minimum of words, not that he was counting.

Two theological propositons carried him through some highs and lows. They were---

1. ...great is his steadfast love toward us

2. ...the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever

To know these two central (note the word, central) truths, may be one of the most important doctrinal positions we saved by grace humans can fathom.

So, it's the Lord's Day. Read this short Psalm with great intentionality. Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord, all nations!

Extol him, all peoples!

For great is his steadfast love toward us,

and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.

Praise the Lord!

Psalm 117, ESV


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