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In the Middle of it All (Psalm 118:1)

There are several numbers in the Bible that have an obvious spiritual significance. These daily devotions will delve into the doctrine of digits. Believe it or not, much can be learned by studying the Bible by the numbers.


To prove just how much numbers matter to God, consider the fact that one of the books of the Bible is named: Numbers. If numbers weren’t important, God would not have named one of the books of the Bible after them. 


Let’s start our study this month with some fun facts and an insightful finding. There are 1,189 chapters in the Bible. The Bible’s middle chapter is Psalm 118. The shortest chapter in the Bible is the chapter that proceeds it (Psalm 117) and the longest chapter in the Bible is the chapter that follows it (Psalm 119). Before Psalm 118 there are 594 chapters. After Psalm 118 there is 594 chapters. If you add the chapters before it to the chapters after it you get 1,188. What is the middle verse of the Bible? It is Psalm 118:8!


Being in the middle of it all, Psalm 118:8 must be a very important verse. It must teach us a very important truth. I believe it does. It simply says, “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.”

Don Walton