As a young child I used to go with my parents to Italy on vacation. Each year we went to a lovely place called Igea Marina which lies south of Venice and a little north of San Marino. I still remember how it felt to walk across the fine, warm sand on the beach, to feel the light breeze coming from the Ocean, to taste the salty air and to take up my bright red little air mattress that had a small, round window at the top and go into the cool water there. Such memories stay forever, don’t they?
At the end of 2017 I’ve shared a few thoughts about going through the Bible in one year. I’ve also said that I have been looking for a reading plan that would list the Psalms in a separate section. This year my husband and I are using the one that is found in the ESV Study Bible and in the Literary Study Bible. If you would like to check it out, it’s available here.
I’m also using Daily Prayer And Praise — The Book of Psalms Arranged for Private and Family Use as well as Matthew Henry’s Commentary as study helps.
Psalm 103 is my favorite one. I find it so rich, containing so much of what God is telling us in His Word. It says to bless His holy name. It lists all the things the LORD is doing for us and it talks so wonderfully about His great mercy toward us. If I would have to describe how reading this Psalm touches my heart, I would compare it to these precious emotions and the lovely memories of my childhood that take me back to a beautiful place called Igea Marina.
Do you have a favorite Psalm? Did you memorize it? I’ve just heard Psalm 23 being quoted in Church yesterday. Perhaps you’ve learned this one in Sunday School? Do you still remember it — or parts of it?