Monday, January 15, 2018

Psalm 5

Psalm 5
A Morning Prayer for Guidance

To the Chief Musician upon Ne'-hi-loth a Psalm of David

Nehiloth is only found in this Psalm and it is unclear as to it's meaning. This is the first in the Psalms that calls for God's curse on the wicked. Is there an connection? Some Bibles interpret it as Wind Instruments. Strange though that this would be the only Psalm with this in the title.

1 Give ear to my words, O LORD;
consider my meditation.
2 Hearken unto the voice of my cry,
my King, and my God:
for unto thee will I pray.
3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD;
in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee,
and will look up.
4 For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness:
neither shall evil dwell with thee.
5 The foolish shall not stand in thy sight:
thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
6 Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing:
the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.
7 But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy:
and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.
8 Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies;
make thy way straight before my face.
9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth;
their inward part is very wickedness;
their throat is an open sepulchre;
they flatter with their tongue. Rom. 3.13
10 Destroy thou them, O God;
let them fall by their own counsels;
cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions;
for they have rebelled against thee.
11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice:
let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them:
let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
12 For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous;
with favor wilt thou compass him as with a shield.

Sometimes I just enjoy reading it in KJV. I enjoy the variety for sure.
He will cover us with his shield, those who are righteous..

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Psalm 4

Along with my study of the Psalms, I wanted to work in a study of the Names of God. Here in Psalm 4:1 is the only time Elohe Tsadeki.. God of my Righteousness is used in the scripture.

Christ is our righteousness. I love how Jesus is shown in the Psalms, even before he came to earth as a man.

A Psalm of David with stringed instruments. I looked up the specific instruments that they would have used. They were going for a specific sound to this Psalm. 

Lyre: A lyre has a body with two arms, which are joined by a crossbar. The strings stretch from the body to the crossbar.

Harp: Harps have a neck at an angle to the body, either arched (of the same piece as the body) or angular (the neck fastened to the body at a near right angle).

Lute: A lute has strings stretched along a neck attached to a resonating body, as does a guitar-like or violin-like instrument.

Subtitled in Henry Morris KJV as "An Evening Prayer for Deliverance". David first calls upon God in his distress, rather than going to man. A perfect example of how our prayers should be. Cry out to God and ask Him to hear our prayer.

We get to Selah again in this Psalm after verse 2 and 4.

Verse 8 really gives Peace for an evening prayer. "I will both lay down in peace, and sleep; for thou, LORD, only makest me to dwell in safety. "

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Psalm 3

Psalm 3 is our first mention of Selah.. the word I had chosen as my Word for 2017. The Passion Translation rather than writing Selah, says Pause in His Presence. I did some research on this word Selah, and it is thought to be a musical term for a pause or rest. It is used 71 times in the Psalms. The Psalms are hymns and songs, so this is a pause to the musicians, which gives an opportunity for reflection for the listeners. I read this Psalm with those pauses, to look back at the last verse spoken to see what God would want me to reflect on.

There is a Selah after verse 2, and 8. In verse 2, David is saying how the people are slandering God, saying that God can't even save him. Pause.. Verse 3 claims God as his shield that fully surrounds him. Glory to God. He is our shield. Not just a front facing shield either, a fully encompassing shield from all sides.

Verse 3 from the Holman Standard reads "But You, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head".
KJV reads "But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head."

The one who lifts, and the lifter up.. Always gently taking his hand under our chin and lifting it up to his gaze. What a beautiful word picture.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Psalm 2

Psalm 2 has a couple of introductory titles.
The Coronation of the King
The Messiah's Triumph and Kingdom
The Reign of the Lord's Annointed

All show examples that this Psalm is pointing to the coming Messiah. I love reading in the Old Testament, the prophesies that have so vividly come to pass already. As we are playing out more prophesies currently, it is amazing how accurately God portrayed them, and fulfills them.

I love how Psalm 2:11& 12 reads in The Passion Translation;
"Serve and worship the awe-inspiring God. Recognize his greatness and bow before him,
trembling with reverence in his presence.
Fall down before him and kiss the feet of his Son..."

The 12 verses in this Psalm are broken up into different voices.
The first is the Nations. In verse 4 God speaks. Verse 7 Jesus speaks and finally in Verse 10, the Holy Spirit speaks.

Trembling with Reverence can also be Rejoice with Trembling
The Hebrew word for 'rejoice' means to "spin around with excited emotions or 'twirl".

We know from Genesis that all three in the trinity have always been, and I love finding the Holy Spirit and Jesus pop up in the Old Testament.

In our minds today, let us bow down and kiss our Savior's feet.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Psalms To Color & Soothe The Soul *Review

Psalms to Color and Soothe the Soul allows readers to express their praise for God by coloring in 47 beautiful scenes that include passages from the Book of Psalms. The floral patterns, nature scenes, and imaginative designs provide ample opportunity to engage in joyful coloring that will inspire and soothe the devoted reader's soul. These were fantastic to go along with my study of the Psalms. The pages are nice and thick and single sided, especially nice if you want to use markers or gel pens for coloring. Beautiful artwork by Felicity French. This book is outstanding quality and both the colored pictures by you, and the book itself make excellent gifts.

 What is your favorite Psalm? These are some of the more popular ones, with beautiful words from God to color and focus on.

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Monday, January 1, 2018

Psalm 1

As God leads me through the Psalms, I thought I would record my journey for myself mainly, but if you want to come along you are welcome. I am just a student of the Word, untrained, undisciplined, but with a desire to grow in Him.

Psalm 1 lays out two paths for people. The godly and the ungodly. The godly path leads to renewal, refreshment, and constant nourishment like a tree planted by everlasting water. Because we love the Lord, we delight in His laws, knowing full well that they are better than anything we can come up with on our own. That nourishing, living water gives us the opportunity to bear fruit.

The ungodly path is one of being blown away in the wind like the chaff of wheat. The unusable portion that gets cast to the wind. They have no security, no constant nourishment. They are not planted, but blown around by the wind. They will perish.. die..

The Psalms lay out right from the start, the right path we should be on. Easy to see the differences in life from those who focus on the law of the Lord, and those who neglect it. Laws are there out of love for us. The boundaries of the law keep us hemmed in, and on the path to righteousness. The laws aren't made to enslave us, but to set us free. Much of the Word is opposite of what the world teaches. To be free, we must lay down our lives to our creator. There is the true freedom to soak in the beautiful water of our savior, and to be rooted and planted deeply in Him.

This was a printed page that I could just color. Sometimes I need these easy steps to give me the opportunity to get it done, and not worry about the art work.

Thank you Jesus

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