FOOD FOR SPIRITUAL THOUGHT:
Q: What is the shortest chapter in the Bible?
A: Psalms 117
Q: What is the longest chapter in the Bible?
A: Psalms 119
Q: What chapter is in the center of the Bible"
A: Psalms 118
Fact: There are 594 chapters before Psalm 118
Fact: There are 594 chapters after Psalm 118
Fact: Add these numbers and you get 1188
Q: What is the center verse in the Bible?
A: Psalms 118:8
Q: Does this verse say something significant about God’s perfect will for our lives?
A: Psalms 118:8 "It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man."
The next time someone says they would like to find God’s perfect will for their lives and that they want to be in the center of His will, just send them to the center of God’s Word—Psalms 118:8.
Isn’t it kind of odd how this worked out? Do you think maybe somehow God was the one responsible for this interesting fact. Or was God in the center of it. Maybe we should just be content with knowing that at the "BIBLE CENTER" is the "CENTER OF GOD’S WILL" for our lives.
I used to forget that the middle verse in the Bible is Psalms 118:8 until my car license plate was SY1188D. That was 30 years ago and since then I have been able to remember the centre of God's will is Psalm 118:8.
More important I have learnt and reminded myself often that it is better to trust in the living God than man.
It is indeed a very important lesson. So the next time we are disappointed in man, remember, God's Word said it but we refused to listen. We can't blame God for the disappointment but we can learn the painful lesson. Why is it so difficult to listen to the Word of God even though it is for our good? Wilful man! Now we have to pay the price. Sad truth and how many more times must it be repeated before we learn? God must have foreseen that we must refer to the verse often to remind ourselves and He allowed it to be located in such a convenient place for reference - right in the centre of the Bible.
B2Y thanks for highlighting this important verse.
Very cool! Just to add to your thought...
In Psalm 118:8, which you quote, the middle two words are "The Lord". In the Hebrew, Psalm 118:8 is only five words with the the middle word being...yep, you guessed it... 'b-ieue', 'in Yahweh'.
Dear B2Y--A friend once told me that a short summary of the Bible is contained in Genesis 1:1, Psalm 118:8 and Revelation 22:21. "In the beginning God, . . .Don't trust in man, . . .and The grace of Jesus be with you." But I didn't know about the 594 plus 594 before and after Psalm 118. Interesting and no accident, doncha know? YBIC--Ron