Psalm 77 Asaph; 20 vrs.; --??
Has the Lord stopped being compassionate? I will meditate on His works.
77.8 Has his steadfast love forever ceased? This seems to be an odd question in the wording of the ESV. The Hebrew word translated "steadfast love" is checed. Different translations use various English words to translate it. Young's Literal-kindness; KJV & NKJV-mercy; NASB-lovingkindness; NIV & New Living Trans.-unfailing love. The TWOT has an extensive discussion of the word and the question of whether it is based on free acts of kindness or covenant commitments. I imagine the ESV's translation is trying to capture those two aspects. Gesenius's Lexicon on the Blue Letter Bible identifies the core meaning as desire or ardour with the good sense meaning "zeal toward one, goodness, kindness." Mercy fits well when describing God's kindness toward we undeserving people. Each choice seems to have it's merit. I think that I would lean toward kindness or mercy, but also think the NASB's lovingkindness also captures the meaning well.
Psalm 78 Asaph; 72 vrs.; 78.2-Matt. 13.35; 78.24--John 6.31
Reviews Gods working with Israel thru David.
78.2 I will open my mouth... Fulfilled in Matthew 13.35 by Christ.
78.12 Zoan (Old Egyptian: Sant= “stronghold,” the modern San). A city on the Tanitic branch of the Nile, called by the Greeks Tanis. It was built seven years after Hebron in Palestine (Num. 13:22). This great and important city was the capital of the Hyksos, or Shepherd kings, who ruled Egypt for more than 500 years. It was the frontier town of Goshen. Here Pharaoh was holding his court at the time of his various interviews with Moses and Aaron. "No trace of Zoan exists; Tanis was built over it, and city after city has been built over the ruins of that" (Harper, Bible and Modern Discovery). Extensive mounds of ruins, the wreck of the ancient city, now mark its site (Isa. 19:11, 13; 30:4; Ezek. 30:14). "The whole constitutes one of the grandest and oldest ruins in the world."
This city was also called “the Field of Zoan” (Ps. 78:12, 43) and “the Town of Rameses” (q.v.), because the oppressor rebuilt and embellished it, probably by the forced labor of the Hebrews, and made it his northern capital. http://www.christiananswers.net/dictionary/zoan.html
78.36-37 O that our hearts would be true the the confession of our mouths and we would love the Lord with all our hearts.
78.49 a company of destroying angels Interesting. I need to remember to include all the allusions to the plagues and exodus from the Psalms next time I study that part of Exodus.
78.64 and their widows made no lamentation... I guess that when the widows aren't sad the country is defeated, it wasn't really worth much anymore anyway.
Psalm 79 Asaph; 13 vrs.; --??
A prayer for relief from the nations.
79.10 Why should the nations say, "Where is their God?"
Psalm 80 Asaph; 19 vrs.; --??
Another prayer for delieverance from the nations.
80.8-16 The metapor of a vine is used to illustrate Israel.
80.3, 7, 19 Let your face shine, that we may be saved! God's favor preceeds salvation here. While this has more to do with the physical delieverance of Israel, it is laguage that fits well with salvation.
Psalm 81 Asaph; 16 vrs.; --??
God's desire that His people would listen and submit to Him and receive his blessings.
81.10 Open your mouth wiide, and I will fill it. The good hear of God. Just how do we get our mouths open?
81.11 The answer.
81.12 Reminisent of Romans 1. Gods punishment is to let us go our own way. Our sins carry their own punishments. O that I would listen and walk in His ways!
Psalm 82 Asaph; 8 vrs.; 82.6--John 10:34
Plea for God to judge the wicked.
82.2 This seems like a pretty strong accusation against God. Courious.
80.4 how long will you be angry with the prayers of your people?
Psalm 83 Asaph; 18 vrs.; --??
Prayer against enemies of God that plotted against Israel.
83.11 Oreb a prince of Midian, who, being defeated by Gideon and put to straits, was slain along with Zeeb (Judg. 7:20-25)
83.11 Zebah one of the two kings who led the vast host of the Midianites who invaded the land of Israel, and over whom Gideon gained a great and decisive victory (Judg. 8). Zebah and Zalmunna had succeeded in escaping across the Jordan with a remnant of the Midianite host, but were overtaken at Karkor, probably in the Hauran, and routed by Gideon. The kings were taken alive and brought back across the Jordan; and confessing that they had personally taken part in the slaughter of Gideon's brothers, they were put to death (compare 1 Sam. 12:11; Isa. 10:26; Ps. 83:11).
83.18 that they may know that you alone ... are the Most High... This should be our primary motivation in our prayers and lives.
Psalm 84 Sons of Korah; 12 vrs.; --??
Positive psalm of general praise.
84.6 Valley of Bacah This was probably a valley in some part of Palestine, or one of the valleys through which pilgrims had to pass on their way to the sanctuary of Jehovah on Zion; or it may be figuratively “a valley of weeping.” http://www.christiananswers.net/dictionary/bacavalleyof.html
84.10 a doorkeeper... This is an interesting statement in light to Jesus's statement about the least being the greatest in the kingdom of God.
Psalm 85 Son's of Korah
How long till God forgives His people?
85.10 righteous and peace kiss each other. I t like just like this expression. Peace and righteousness together is a good thing to contemplate.
Psalm 86 David; 17 vrs.; 86.9--Revelation 15.4?
Prayer for delieverance.