Saturday, September 19, 2009

Psalm 121 Song of Ascents; 8 vrs.; --??
Looking to the Lord for help.
121.2 the Lord who made heaven and earth... I think He can handle it.
121.3 will not slumber... I remember the old quote, "Go to sleep. There's no use both of you staying up to worry about it."

Psalm 122 Song of Ascents/David; 9 vrs.; --??
Peace in Jerusalem sought.
122.1 Great expression of joy at going to, in the NT era, church.
122.6&8 references to peace of or within Jerusalem.

Psalm 123 Song of Ascents;4 vrs.; --??
Plea for relief from scorn and contempt of the proud.

Psalm 124 Song of Ascents/David;8 vrs.; --??
If the Lord had not been on our side.
124.8 Help is in the name of the Lord. I find this an interesting expression. "In the name of the Lord" rather that the simpler "in the Lord."

Psalm 125 Song of Ascents;5 vrs.; --??
Those who trust in the Lord.
125.2 Neat picture of the Lord's care for us.
125.5 crooked ways... I had a new appreciation for this as I enjoyed the simplicity of driving on the arrow straight road from Boise east through the Oklahoma panhandle.

Psalm 126 Song of Ascents;6 vrs.; --??
Images of renewal.
126.6 A classic soul winning verse.

Psalm 127 Song of Ascents/Solomon;5 vrs.; --??
comp. 1 Cor. 3.9 ff
127.1 and Solomon had some house building (and falling apart) experience.
127.1 unless the Lord... This is something that all our preparation, experience, talent, etc... makes us forget too often.
127.4-5 The children are like arrows verses. A tight family is a formidable thing as the children get older.

Psalm 128 Song of Ascents;6 vrs.; --??
Blessings of a family who fears the Lord.
128.1&4 fears the Lord...
128.6 see your children's children... Something to be admired and enjoyed.

Psalm 129 Song of Ascents;8 vrs.; --??
Imprecatory thoughts on the wicked who afflict me.
129.2 and yet they have not prevailed...

Psalm 130 Song of Ascents8 vrs.; --??
The mercy and forgiveness of the Lord.
130.3 If you, O Lord, should mark my iniquities... Acknowledges that I have sins (implied that nobody else knows about). Acknowledges that the Lord knows all and that even the most pious stand condemned and hopeless before God. Implies that the Lord is our last and best friend. If he should turn against us, then all is lost.
130.4 forgiveness ... that you may be feared... Thought provoking and delightful connection between God's goodness and the fear of Him.
130.5-6 wait for and hope for the Lord
130.7 steadfast love (or compassions)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Fri 090918 pm

Psalm 120 Anon.; 7 vrs.; --??
Prayer for deliverance from foreigners.

120.5 Meshech... They were in all probability the Moschi, a people inhabiting the Moschian Mountains, between the Black and the Caspian Seas. In Ps. 120:5 the name occurs as simply a synonym for foreigners orbarbarians.
Kedar It is the name for the nomadic tribes of Arabs, the Bedouins generally (Isa. 21:16; 42:11; 60:7; Jer. 2:10; Ezek. 27:21), who dwelt in the northwest of Arabia. They lived in black hair-tents (Song of Songs 1:5). To “dwell in the tents of Kedar” was to be cut off from the worship of the true God (Ps. 120:5).

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Wed-Thurs 090916/17 pm Psa 119

Psalm 119 Anon; 176 vrs.; --??

This is the chief term of all, and is heard most often. Tis parent verb means 'teach' (verse 33) or 'direct'; therefore coming from God it means both 'law' and 'revelation'. It can be used of a single command or of a whole body of law, especially the Pentateuch, or again of
Scripture as a whole. ---Kidner
verses: 1, 18, 29, 44, 51, 53, 55, 61, 70, 72, 77, 85, & 92

Israel was told to place the book of the law beside the ark of the covenant, 'that it may be a witness (ed) against you; (Deut. 31:26). The outspokenness of Scripture, with its high standards and frank warnings (e.g. Deut. 8:19, using this root), is implied in this expression, but so too is its dependability, as the word of the 'faithful and true witness'. Therefore Thy testimonies are my delight' (24). --Kidner
verses: 2, 14, 22, 31, 36, 46, 59, 79, 88, 95, 99, 111, 119, 125, 129, 138, 144, 146, 157, 167, & 168

This is a word drawn from the sphere of an officer or overseer, a man who is responsible to look closely into a situation and take action (cf. Jer. 23:2 where God will 'attend to; (poqed) the shepherds who have not 'attended to' the flock). So the word points to the particular instructions of the Lord, as of one who cares about details. --Kidner
verses: 4, 15, 27, 40, 45, 56, 63, 69, 78, 87, 93, 94, 100, 104, 110, 104, 110, 128, 134, 141, 159, 168, 173

These speak of the binding force and permanence of Scripture, as of laws 'engraved' or inscribed, 'for the time to come as a witness for ever' (cf. Isa. 30:8). --Kidner
verses: 5, 8, 12, 16, 23, 26, 33, 48, 54, 64, 68, 71, 80, 83, 117, 118, 124, 135, 145, 155, & 171.

This word emphasizes the straght authority of what is said; not merely the power to convince or persuade, but the right to give orders. --Kidner
verse: 19, 21, 35, 47, 48, 60, 66, 73, 86, 115, 131, 143, 151, 166, 172, & 176.

rules (judgements KJV)
These are better known in the Old Testament as 'judgements': the decisions of the all-wise Judge about common human sisturations (cf. Exod. 21:1; Deut. 17:8a, 9b), and hence the reavealed 'rights and duties; appropriate to them (as RSV puts it in 1 Sam. 10:25). Scritue, then, as the standard given for dealing between man and man, is the predominant sisne of this term. --Kidner
verses: 7, 13, 20, 30, 39, 43, 52, 62, 75, 102, 106, 108, 137, 156, 160, 164, &175

This is th most general term of all, embracing god's truth in any form, stated, promised or commanded. --Kidner
verse:9, 11, 16, 17, 25, 28, 42, 43, 49, 65, 67, 74, 81, 101, 105, 107, 114, 160, 169, 170, & 172

119.11 that I might not sin against you... Part of the pledge to the Bible.
119.27 meditate...
119.37 Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things... Its not just a matter of what is sinful, but what has no value.
119.48 Lift my hands toward your commands... This is an interesting expression. I wouldn't think it means to worship, but maybe in the sense of reaching out to receive knowledge from.
119.50 comfort in my affliction... A good thing to keep in mind when we are sad or grieving.
119.59 (vers. 27) a result of meditation
119.65 for me usually more generously and kindly than His word. But this can also refer to God being faithful to His Word.
119.67 Before I was afflicted I went astray... An insight into one of the ways God works in us to bring us to our senses and to Himself.
119.92 Again, God's Word sustaining us in difficult times.
119.105 Part two of the pledge to the Bible.
119.120 My flesh trembles for fear of You... Sounds a little stronger than reverent awe.
119.128 I hate every false way. In a practical personal way, not just in others.
119.140 well tried... God is faithful all the time.
119.175 your rules help me... Enablers, not spoilers.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Tues 090915 pm Col 1

Colossians 1
1.2 faithful brothers... Why would he say that in this particular letter?
1.4-5 faith, love, & hope This is a different order.
1.6 fruit and growing... It seems to be instructive that these are separate.
1.10 every... We don't have the luxury of saying, "That's not what I do."
beloved Son
image of invisible God
"firstborn" of creation
created all things

Sun-Tues 090915 pm Psa 110-118

Psalm 110 David; 7 vrs.; 110.1--Matthew 22.44; Mark 12.36; Luke 20;42-43; Acts 2:34-35; Hebrews 1:13
Very messianic psalm.

Psalm 111 Anon.; 10 vrs.; maybe allusions
Praise for God's works.

111.1 with all my heart... This is the constant struggle, the single, undivided heart.
111.5 those who fear him...
111.10 all those who practice it have a good understanding...

Psalm 112 Anon.; 10 vrs.; 112.9--2 Corinthians 9.9
The man who fears God.

112.1 the man who fears the Lord... The fear of the Lord results in delighting in God's commandments. We light in things we value.
112.5 the man who deals generously and lends... Characteristics of the man who fears the Lord (vrs.1)
112.9 he has given to the poor. It is interesting and instructive that this behavior makes the wicked angry.

Psalm 113 Anon.; 9 vrs.; --??
The Lord who is high lifts up the lowly.

113.3 This verse sets out the agenda for the day. Now we have to focus on how.
113.7 Again the lifting up of the poor seen as a Godly thing to do.

Psalm 114 Anon.; 8 vrs.; --??
The earth rejoices.

Psalm 115 Anon.; 18 vrs.; --??

114.8 We become like what we worship. Now that is something to think about.
114.13 both the small and great... The fear of the Lord is an equalizer.

Psalm 116 Anon.; 19 vrs.; 116.10--2 Corinthians 4.13

116.6 One man and God is a majority.
116.8 This is so-o-o-o-o true.
116.17 and recount the deeds of the Lord... This should be a focus we have.

Psalm 117 Anon.; 2 vrs.; 117.1--Romans 15.11

117.1 the nations... The Lord wants praise from all the world.

Psalm 118 Anon.; 29 vrs.; 118.6 Hebrews 13.6

118.6 A source of contentment.
118.8 This is so true!
118.17 recount the deeds of the Lord. This is the reason for us to live another day.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sun 090913 pm Psa 108-109

Psalm 108 David; 13 vrs.; --??

108.9 Moab is my washbasin... This must not be a positive statement since its context would indicate. But what does that expression mean?
108. 13 With God we shall do valantly. We studied Polycarp and Perpetua today. This was a good promise for today.

Psalm 109 David; 31 vrs.; --??
Basically this is a long rant against people opposing David