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Psalm 140:1-5

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men; preserve me from violent men, who plan evil things in their heart and stir up wars continually. They make their tongue sharp as a serpent's, and under their lips is the venom of asps. Selah

Guard me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from violent men, who have planned to trip up my feet. The arrogant have hidden a trap for me, and with cords they have spread a net; beside the way they have set snares for me. Selah

Here we are in the midst of a conflict between Russia and the Ukraine which could easily escalate into WW-3. Only the LORD, God, the Almighty knows. However, we have this magnificent Psalm to guide and comfort us. We need to dig into this and burn it into our very being.

Eugene Peterson in Answering God, recommends beginning every period of studying the Psalms with an oral reading of Psalms 1 & 2. I am finding it to be a valuable tool for every period of Scriptural study. I think that is an important part of the exercise by clearing my mind of the day’s turmoil.

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Reading

Morning Psalm 58, Noon Psalm 119:137-144, Evening Psalm 23. If you follow this regimen, you will pray through the Psalms every 47 days or just under 8 times per year.

An alternate Reading Plan is based on 7 chapters/day from 7 sections of the Scriptures. My groupings are: Genesis-Joshua, Judges to Esther, Job to Song of Solomon, Psalms breaking 119 into convenient sets, Isaiah to Malachi, Matthew to Acts, Romans to Revelation.

Or set your own reading schedule up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits. But a daily time in the Word of the LORD is an absolute.

 

John Nunnikhoven

John Nunnikhoven is a member of The Fellowship of Ailbe and has begun working toward what, Lord willing, will become a re-awakening of the Church as a body directed into living the Kingdom in the here and now as it awaits the yet to come.
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