September 14, read through the Bible in a year.

Between Second Thessalonians and  First Timothy we read two Psalms.

September 14: Psalm 104, Psalm 105 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

Psalm 104. God is Lord of all creation. He is worthy of all praise. Let us count the ways.

Psalm 105. God is faithful to His Covenant people, and retells the account of what He did for the Hebrews from Abraham to the wanderings in the wilderness.

September 12, read through the Bible in a year.

Between Second Thessalonians and  First Timothy we read one Psalm and the first two chapters if Jeremiah.

September 12: Psalm 103, Jeremiah 1, Jeremiah 2 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

Psalm 103, of David. There are many songs of praise in the Bible. This is probably the purest of them all. It combines God’s mercifulness and our shortcomings, His healing power and our frailty and above all our very limited life here on earth and the eternity of God.

Jeremiah 1, the call of Jeremiah. The key word in Jeremiah’s call is “before“. Here God confirms His call with two visions, the branch of an almond tree and a boiling pot tilting away from the north. These are promises of the fulfillment of God’s word and of an impending disaster. God finally assures Jeremiah He will be with him, so don’t worry.

Jeremiah 2. Israel has forsaken the LORD, and God’s gives His case against Israel.

September 11, read through the Bible in a year.

Between Second Thessalonians and  First Timothy we read two Psalms and the last chapter of Isaiah.

September 11: Psalm 101, Psalm 102, Isaiah 66 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

Psalm 101, of David. A song of praise and a vow that reads like a new year’s resolution.

Psalm 102. A penitential psalm. It recalls the great deeds and miracles God did for His people in the wilderness, and how they disobeyed and turned to idols, even to the point of child sacrifice. In spite of this God is still merciful and there is still hope. It ends with Hallelujah!

Isaiah 66 speaks of judgement and hope, and true and false worship. Yet, the LORD will vindicate Zion; Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream“. Finally, God wraps up the book of Isaiah with the Day of the LORD and its sobering aftermath.

September 7, read through the Bible in a year.

In between first and second Thessalonians we read three Psalms and one chapter of Isaiah.

September 7: Psalm 98, Psalm 99, Psalm 100, Isaiah 59 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

Psalm 98. Let us celebrate! Sing unto the LORD a new song!

Psalm 99. The LORD reigns. Exalt Him, He is holy.

Psalm 100. Six verses making a jubilant noise to the LORD.

Isaiah 59. We are hopelessly separated from God until we confess our sin, and even then we need a redeemer. He will come out of Zion.

September 6, read through the Bible in a year.

In between first and second Thessalonians we read three Psalms and one chapter of Isaiah.

September 6: Psalm 95, Psalm 96, Psalm 97, Isaiah 58 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

Psalm 95 is a song of praise to God, but also a warning that they should not harden their hearts as they did in the wilderness and thus were not allowed to enter God’s rest.

Psalm 96 is to “declare His glory among the nations“, and ends up with “Let all creation rejoice before the Lord, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth.”

Psalm 97 is  to rejoice “for the LORD reigneth” and “For you, Lord, are the Most High over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods.”

Isaiah 58 explains what true fasting is.

September 4, read through the Bible in a year.

In between first and second Thessalonians we read three Psalms and one chapter of Isaiah.

September 4: Psalm 92, Psalm 93, Psalm 94, Isaiah 56 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

Psalm 92. A Song for the Sabbath day. Give thanks to the LORD. God judges His enemies, and He makes His people flourish.

Psalm 93. A Psalm of only five verses: The  LORD reigns!

Psalm 94. This time the Psalmist prays for the LORD to execute vengeance on all who disobey Him, and bring comfort to all who follow Him.

Isaiah 56. Salvation will be open to all. In Vad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial will be remembered “Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.” Yet, Israel still have wicked leaders.

 

August 28, read through the Bible in a year.

In between Colossians and 1 Thessalonians we read two Psalms and one chapter of Isaiah.

August 28: Psalm 90, Psalm 91, Isaiah 45 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

Psalm 90, a Prayer of Moses, the Man of God. This is his prayer in the wilderness, and is the only song of Moses in the Psalms, but there are two others in the Pentateuch (Exodus 15 and Deuteronomy 32-33).

Psalm 91. It shall remain anonymous. Charles Spurgeon commented: “In the whole collection there is not a more cheering Psalm, its tone is elevated and sustained throughout, faith is at its best, and speaks nobly.” He also quoted (in English) Siméon Marotte deMuis: “It is one of the most excellent works of this kind which has ever appeared. It is impossible to imagine anything more solid, more beautiful, more profound, or more ornamented.”

Isaiah 45. Cyrus is God’s instrument. God will give him “the treasures of darkness”, though he does not acknowledge Him. The Lord is the only savior, there is none else. God says: “I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.”