Friday, September 11, 2009

Fri 090911 am Phil qr

Philippians quick read
1.12 have actually turned out... Reminds me of Joseph.
1.21 to live is... O that it would be more and more!
2.27 but God had mercy [compassion] on him... From a utilitarian point of view it would have been in God's interest to heal him and the argument could be made that his service would put him in a status that he didn't deserve to be sick. Sort of like the cynical saying, "No good deed goes unpunished." Here though the statement is reminiscent of Lamentations, it is by His mercies that we are not consumed. Reminds me of the premise or Edwards sermon, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. We deserve nothing from God. He owes us nothing. We are grateful (because we have no right to them) for His compassion on us.
3.10 It seems from chapter 2 that we will need to experience the second thing before we can know the first. However, the first is probably necessary to make it through the second.
4.17 to your account... What is the balance on your account? A fascinating thing to contemplate.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

pm 090910 pm Psa 106-107

Psalm 106 Anon.; 48 vrs.; 106.10--Luke 1.71; 106.45--Luke 1.72; 106.48--Luke 1.63
Recounting God's faithfulness and Irael's stubborn unfaithfulness.

106.7 did not consider your wonderous works; We are so oblivious to His working.
106.8 but... There are, tragicaly, too many of these kinds of "but's" and "then's" in this chapter and our lives.
106.23 stood in the breach before him... I would like to be known for this.

Book Five

Psalm 107 Anon.; 43 vrs.; 107.9--Luke 1.53
Praise for the Lord delivering his wayward people.

107.1 This is the third psalm in a row that starts this way.
107.8 the children of man... also in verses 15, 21, & 31
107.43 let them consider the steadfast love of the Lord... I need to keep in mind throughout my day the importance of considering, esp. the steadfast love of the Lord.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Wed 090909 pm Psa 104-105

Psalm 104 Anon.; 35 vrs.; 104.4--Hebrews 1.7
Praising the Creator.

104.27 These all look to him... It is ironic that the animals all look to him, but we, who are made in His image, find it so hard to keep the same focus.
104.34 May my meditation be pleasing to Him... If I am rejoicing in the Lord, my meditation would be pleasing to Him.

Psalm 105 Anon.; 45 vrs.; 105.8--Luke 1.72-73
Recounting God's work with Abraham, the exodus, and conquest.

105.15 my anointed ones... Refers here to Israel, but enforces the respect we should have for Gods' messengers and people.
105.19 the Word of the Lord tested him. "Him' is Jacob. What is referred to by "word of the Lord" is a uncertain, but shows God's had in his trials.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Tues 090908 pm Psa 101-103

Psalm 101 David; 8 vrs.; --??
Walking in integrity and opposing those who don't.

101.3 I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. This is a very thought provoking expression. It didn't anything that is wicked or impure, etc. No doubt worthless includes those things, but it also goes beyond them to things that do not have any value.

Psalm 102 Anon.; 28 vrs.; 102.25-27--Hebrews 1.10-12
The afflicted cry out to the Lord.

102.12 enthroned forever... neat expression of God's eternity.
102.15 nations will fear the Lord... This is one of many references to the nations fearing, worshipping God etc.

Psalm 103 David; 22 vrs.; `03.17--Luke 1:50
Bless the Lord O my soul, the Lord shows compassion on those who fear Him.

103.8 The Lord slow to anger... Thank goodness!! Because I try His patience many times.
103.11, 13, & 17 those that fear Him... a good description of believers.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Mon 090907 am Phil & col

Philippians & Colossians quick reads

1.29 but also to suffer for His sake... A heavy thought that I have little experience with.
2.12-13 Another human responsibility - Divine sovereignty set of verses. Lot's to think about here.
2.14 without grumbling or questioningg... I would like to see this in some other versions.
3.20 citizenship in heaven... I've been thinking about this more lately. One of the good things about the dismal state of the mess of human government is that it strengthens my affection for and focus on my heavenly citizenship.

2.2 knit together in love... What a great thought! We need to figure out how to do more knitting together.
2.10 putting off the body of the flesh... The context makes this an interesting verse to think about.
4.3 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful with thanksgiving. A good word for us. The combining of watchful and thanksgiving is very thought provoking. What is the synergy between watchfulness and thanksgiving.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Sun 090906 pm Psa 98-100

Psalm 98 Anon.: 9 vrs.; --??
Make a joyful noise and praise the Lord.

99.4 all the earth... As "Israel centric" as most of the Psalms are it is interesting how many times they speak of God having praise from the peoples or all the earth.

Psalm 99
God is holy.

99.3 & 5 Holy is He.
99.9 God is holy.

Psalm 100
Psalm of thanksgiving.