Monday, April 9, 2012

Psalm 41

41.4  I have sinned against you... I'm sure there is something more here tahn meets the first glance, but this seems like an unexpected turn in this psalm.
41.10  that I may repay them...  These statements just don't sound right to my ear even though the comments on this verse by Constable are helpful.
"David had asked God to restore his health so he might repay his enemies. This may seem to be an unworthy motive in view of the Lord Jesus’ instruction to love our enemies and do them good (Matt. 5:44). However, individuals in David’s time who opposed the Lord’s anointed king were opposing the Lord. The king was God’s agent of judgment in Israel. This situation has no direct parallel in the church." --Thomas Constable

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Psalm 29, 30, 32, 33,37, 38

29.2  beauty of holiness...  Great phrase poetically and  to think about.  Some versions indicate this refers to the clothing you wear (NASB and NET) and others to the nature of holiness. Hmmm...
29.6   Sirion...  Mt. Hermon
30.9  This verse seems to indicate a special value to praise on this side of glory which is an interesting things to think about since it is commonly thought that our praise in heaven will be more perfect.
30.12  my glory may sing praise to You...  I don't usually think of myself as having glory, but it makes sense.
31.15  my times are in Your hand...  This reminds me of the civil war quote.  When asked by General John Daniel Imboden how he could keep so cool in the midst of raging battles, Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson replied, "Captain, my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed.  God has fixed the time for my death.  I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me.  Jackson then added that if all men lived with this kind of faith, they would be equally brave.
32.8-9  The NKJV capitalizes "me" in verse eight indicating that the translators understand it to be referring to God, but Constable views it as David, the psalmist speaking.
32.9  Do not be like the horse or like the mule...  A good piece of advice that fits more often than I would like to admit.
33.3  Sing to Him a new song...   Does this mean God wants us to be writing and singing new songs all the time, or does the expression have something specific in mind like Revelation 5.9 and 14.3.
33.12  At first glance this verse seems to say that any nation who chooses to have God as its Lord is blessed, but the second part seems to indicate that it is specific to Israel.
37.8  Do not fret--it only causes harm...  Even on a practical level without the spiritual significance, this is solid advice.
37.24 shall not be utterly cast down...  Words of hope when in distress.
38.3 There is no soundness...  This is an interesting psalm because verses 1-8 are expressions that I would normally associate with David's "repentance psalms."  Here this language seems to be in the context of his enemies giving him a lot of trouble.  However, it is often in those kind of times that we become most aware of our sins and shortcomings.