Seven Times a Day

Wednesday, May 15, 2012

Psalm 119:145-176

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Mishpat is the Hebrew word for “judgments” or “ordinances.” While it carries the forensic meaning of “verdict,” the word has a richer and wider sense. It includes all the just claims of God upon us—God’s righteousness. As Jesus teaches in “The Sermon on the Mount,” if one hungers and thirsts for it, blessedness and satisfaction come. (Matt. 6:6).

The phrase “seven times” occurs 35 times in the Bible, 33 of them in the Old Testament. It is the number of completion and fullness. The psalmist praises God seven times. According to the ancient division of the day into quarters, we would pray at the points of transition in the day: 1: Pre-dawn praise | 2: 6-9am | 3: 9am-12pm | 4: 12-3pm | 5: 3-6pm | 6: 6-9pm | 7: 9pm, retire and night prayer.

A final note: this is the seventh and final week of Easter.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
With my whole heart, Lord, I cry. v. 146
Placing my hope in Your words v. 147
Pondering Your promises v. 148
Great peace in loving Your law v. 165

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This is the Seventh and Last Week in Easter, Year C.
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Wednesdays are dedicated the Psalms. During Lent we read the Psalms of Ascent, 120-134.

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