Friday, April 27, 2012

Psalm 104-106

104.2  cover Yourself with light...  Day one of creation
104.3  waters...clouds...  Day two of creation
104.5  foundations of the earth...  Day three of creation
104.14  causes grass to grow...  Day three of creation
104.19  appointed the moon for seasons...  Day four of creation
104.25  wide sea...teeming things...  Day five of creation
104.28  What You give them they gather in...  Here is the combination of Divine provision and the effort of gathering His provision.
105.19  The word of the LORD tested him...  This is an interesting explanation of what happened to Joseph.  My first impression is that this is a reference to the Divinely orchestrated event tried his faith in and faithfulness to (two closely related things) to the LORD.  
106.7  rebelled... This does not seem to refer to an armed attempt to overthrow a government, etc., but simply complaining rather strongly against the LORD and questioning his faithfulness and goodness.     
106.43  rebelled in their counsel...  
"God's "counsel" was to make Israel free and glorious, but they leaned upon themselves, following their own intentions (בּעצתם); wherefore they perished in their sins."  --Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
NET Bible translation note: Heb “but they rebelled in their counsel.” The prefixed verbal form is either preterite or imperfect, in which case it is customary, describing repeated action in past time (“they would have a rebellious attitude”).


 Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessèd, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great Name we praise.

Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;
Thy justice, like mountains, high soaring above
Thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.

To all, life Thou givest, to both great and small;
In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
And wither and perish—but naught changeth Thee.

Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;
But of all Thy rich graces this grace, Lord, impart
Take the veil from our faces, the vile from our heart.

All laud we would render; O help us to see
’Tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee,
And so let Thy glory, Almighty, impart,
Through Christ in His story, Thy Christ to the heart.

Words: Wal­ter C. Smith, Hymns of Christ and the Christ­ian Life, 1876.
Music: St. Den­io, Welsh mel­o­dy, from Can­ai­dau y Cyssegr, by John Ro­berts, 1839
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