Term 3, Week 9, 2019 - Devotion

I was good at Maths once. Back in Year 8, a while ago now. It was the same year that I got really good at History. Nowadays I teach History, not Maths. There are still a lot of numbers in History, mainly due to dates and the current dating system that we use. As a result, I get to see number patterns and ways of remembering numbers sometimes. For example:

  • Julius Caesar was born in 100BC (a nice round number) and died in 44BC (a double number)
  • 1066, the year of the Battle of Hastings (a round number followed by a double number)
  • “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue” (do you know the rhyme?)
  • 1666, the year fire swept through London (a pretty bad number indeed)
  • 1939, the year World War Two Began. Break it down into 1-9-39 and you get the exact date the War started when Germany invaded Poland. 1st September ‘39. Can you see it?
  • Coincidentally, the British & French joined the war two days later. 3-9-39.
  • 2001, the first year of the new millennium. How could we forget it? So much changed that year; September 11.

What’s all this got to do with the Bible? Well, I like number patterns because they’re easy to remember; even more when they’re associated with the Bible as well. So here’s a number pattern: 1-2-3-4-5. Now find a Bible and read Psalm 145. Here’s 23 reasons to praise God, from Psalm 145…

V1, God is personal. V2, God is sovereign. V3, God is great. V3, God is unsearchable. V4, God acts on our behalf. V5, God is majestic. V6, God is good. V7, God is righteous. V8, God is gracious. V8, God is full of compassion. V8, God is slow to anger. V8, God is merciful. V10, God is powerful. V11, God makes himself known. V14, God helps. V15, God provides. V16, God is generous. V18, God is near. V19, God listens. V20, God saves. V20, God preserves. V21, God brings justice to the world.

Now read Psalm 145 again and count the reasons above.

Then stop. Breathe. There’s only 22… Now praise God for He is God. 23.

Mr James Waterhouse
Year 11 Advisor/History Teacher