open BibleI haven’t actually done the math on this, but I once saw how the middle verse in the Bible was calculated.  Its message is a powerful statement in how to view our relationship to government.

Psalm 117 is the shortest chapter in the Bible and Psalm 119 is the longest.  In between them, Psalm 118 is the center chapter of the Bible.  There are 594 chapters before Psalm 118 and 594 chapters after.  Add that together and you’ll get 1188.  So what is the center verse in the Bible?  Psalm 118:8 which says, “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man“.

I don’t look for mystical messages in numerology but this verse, whether the center of the Bible or not, gives us crucial direction in our world.  I regularly hear Christians express deep worry over the political trends in our nation and around the world.  I see political action groups who call themselves Christian send out mailings that communicate that people in government are our biggest threat and people who vote (and send in generous donations) are the only hope for our society.  Many in the church have bought into a crisis mode in which God doesn’t seem to be on the throne at all.

All who follow Christ must take care to internalize Psalm 118:8; not only give it lip service but truly believe it and let it shape our attitudes and actions toward human government.  When we place too much trust in ourselves or other people, we are worshiping the created more than the Creator (Romans 1:25).  

This will clearly impact our prayer lives.  With confirmation hearings, pending legislation and the general thrust of any newscast swirling in our minds and tempting us to despair (and worse, ultimately trust in mankind for solutions) we must give that to God. 

Truly trusting Him means consistently being in contact with Him and when it comes to expressing anxiety about our world and our leaders, praying how He has told us to.  “Kings and all who are in authority” are to be a regular part of our prayers (I Timothy 2:1-4).  Pray for their wisdom and guidance, but always include petitions for their souls.  Where they spend eternity will always be more important than how they vote now.