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Encouraging Prophecies from the Psalms

The Psalms can be a source of great encouragement. David and the other authors expressed so well the range of human emotions as the poured out their hearts to God.

But there’s more to it than that! Have you ever read through a passage and thought about how it describes future events? Here are two encouraging examples I found recently.

Psalm 46:1-3 points to Revelation 16:17-20.

Call to Action

A friend called me today from the town where he now lives. “Hey, I was thinking of you and decided to call. How are you?”

As it turns out, I had thought of him two days ago and intended to make the same call. But I was busy and forgot—until today. Kinda funny, right? Except this has been a pattern between me and this friend.

“Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is truly reliable?” Proverbs 20:6 (NLT)

Perfect Delight

I like perfection—a perfectly organized garage, a perfectly formatted report, perfect routines. For some reason, God wired me to have an internal desire and appreciation for completeness.

In mathematics, there is a number considered divine: φ ≈ 1.61803399. Looks perfect, doesn’t it? Well maybe not. Its beauty is not so much in the digits themselves, but in its applications. Known as the golden ratio, it shows up in many places in nature. The animation below demonstrates various distances in the human hand whose relative sizes match the golden ratio.