CSearchResult:RecentComments:kjv@1Kings:1-2 kjv@1Kings:1-2 @ @ RandyP comments: The life and reign of David now comes to an end. It is not all that we will learn about him however, David penned a great many of the Psalms and had an influence in Solomon's collection of Proverbs. There we will hear his inner thoughts from his perspective and find why he is called a man after God's heart. David had many great strengths and a few serious faults. He is portrayed in both as being human. Judging him is like judging ourselves in some respects but, we too easily forget that he also was under the pressures of being king. The history of Israel/Judah is overwhelmed with unrighteous kings. David like no other stands out as good.
RecentComments:kjv@1Chronicles:28-29 kjv@1Chronicles:28-29 @ @ RandyP comments: For all of his power and riches, the king dies just like all of the rest naked and possession less. This king however is remembered for many a great things and a couple less than great things. Through it all he was able to keep his connection with God. David's life and character are still today studied and examined and emulated. His Psalms are amongst the peoples favorite.
RecentComments:kjv@Job:37 kjv@Job:37 @ @ RandyP comments: Finally. Someone is speaking some sense not trying to find blame or find cause but, tries to find God. This could be worship, this could be song, this could be comfort and uplifting. Often, we get stuck in the narrow little chapters of our lives even as counselors focused on what we've done or what we need to be doing and neglect to see the enormously wide bigger picture. We see even in David's Psalms a frequent pity party (heart felt certainly but one sided no doubt) erupt in a liberating fountain of realizations of greater divine spiritual things.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:1 kjv@Psalms:1 @ @ RandyP comments: The righteous is defined as much by what he does as by what he doesn't do. His fruit comes in it's own season and is a natural outcome of who he is and where he is planted. The NT defines this fruitful process as abiding in Christ Jesus.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:3 kjv@Psalms:3 @ @ RandyP comments: Before we get too comfortable putting ourselves in this man's shoes we should realize that this man is not being persecuted because he is a common run of the mill believer, he is an uncommon public promoter of the faith effectively making a difference for the Lord helping to establish a righteous nation in the midst of great opposition. Most likely this is King David, a man perhaps like no other. From that standpoint should the similarities to our situations be considered.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:4:2 kjv@Psalms:4:2@ @ RandyP comments: Reprobate Mind - This sums up what our mind is attempting to do. It brings the glory of God down to improve it's outlook upon itself. It seeks to deceive its own self. Peter put it as "the corruption that is in the world through lust kjv@2Peter:1:4".
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:5 kjv@Psalms:5 @ @ RandyP comments: David mentions again a King and a God separately. Could this have been something the Son King could have prayed as well. His enemies are are now ours. We enter His house because of the mercy the Father showed upon Him toward us.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:6 kjv@Psalms:6 @ @ RandyP comments: Our Lord Jesus did receive the chastisement that was due us. He did become weak and vexed and consumed with grief. His soul was delivered for mercy's sake. There is a thankful remembrance of His Father and yes suddenly His enemies should be ashamed. Sounds like this was fulfilled.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:10:13 kjv@Psalms:10:13@ @ RandyP comments: If the Reprobate Mind can reduce God down to nothing then there is no requirement made of him from God, he can do as he pleases. Nothing can be in the form of atheism or agnosticism or this unconditional love fluff.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:10 kjv@Psalms:10 @ @ RandyP comments: This is a composite outline of a wicked man, what the is thinking, what he does. You'll notice his preoccupation with the poor. The poor are easy for him to take advantage of. It does not mean necessarily that he is trying to physically kill them, it could be swaying them to his political advantage, swaying them against better judgement and against the godly, trapping them in their own desires and hungers, charging tremendous usury that they will never get out from under, feeding off the charity resources that were meant for the truly needy, etc.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:11 kjv@Psalms:11 @ @ RandyP comments: We saw in kjv@Psalms:10 a preoccupation of the wicked with the poor. Here we see the object of this preoccupation: warring against the righteous. The question applies to the foundations of our society. If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? The righteous have been told that their faith is personal, to be separated from government, but it is government where the foundations are laid. David asks "How can you say to my soul flee as a bird...?"
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:12 kjv@Psalms:12 @ @ RandyP comments: David being a king (or a soon to be king) would have been in a position to see the inner workings of the wicked. At times it must have felt that he was all alone and that his numbers were fading. It is an elites notion "who will lord over us" as if they will lord over us. Flattering lips and double heart, their ends justify their means. When the power base is in their hands the vilest men are exalted. It is a system, a network, a power, a principality that the psalmists struggles against even within chosen Israel.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:13 kjv@Psalms:13 @ @ RandyP comments: The Lord's enemies our enemies. How can we say that we don't have enemies? Do we not serve this righteous Lord? If we are unaware who His enemies are then perhaps we should find out. We should find how to respond from a base of abhorring sin but loving souls just as He does.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:14 kjv@Psalms:14 @ @ RandyP comments: We have all acted as if there was no God in some fashion. Even as believers we can act is if God is less than He really is. We see again the poor being identified as a key. The battle line between righteousness and iniquity, the proving point, is at the doorstep of the poor, at least in part. It is a battle that is never really resolved until His second coming.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:15 kjv@Psalms:15 @ @ RandyP comments: The Son is seen in each of these psalms as the epitome of these godly traits. He is the one who will dwell in "thy holy hill". We are to allow Him to live this out further in us as we surrender our lives to Him daily.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:16 kjv@Psalms:16 @ @ RandyP comments: Jesus would have read this as a youth. He would have seen it as instruction for Himself. The lines did fall to Him in pleasant places. He was of and was to receive a godly heritage. He acted only upon the Father's counsel and His reigns instructed Him in the night. The Father was always set before Him and the Father was at His right hand never to be moved. His soul was not left in hell and He did not suffer corruption. Imagine reading this early on, living it out to the fullest, and the joy and gladness He must feel, even today. Now it is our turn by His example.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:17 kjv@Psalms:17 @ @ RandyP comments: There is the proving and the testing to keep us committed and honest, to never rest upon our past results. We are in His hands. There are those that trust Him and those that rise against them. Even they are in God's hands. The difference is that they have received all that they are going to receive and in their ened they wont be taking any of it with them. This will be as they wanted, but not an eternity as they had envisioned. An eternity without God is an eternity without the hid treasures they had failed to condiser; like sanity.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:18 kjv@Psalms:18 @ @ RandyP comments: The descriptions of what God did seem to go beyond anything accounted in the other books as far as David's struggles go. If this deliverance and mercy was shewn to David and his seed and if his seed is singular it may refer to what God had done for the seed Christ. What David saw in part Jesus saw in full.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:19 kjv@Psalms:19 @ @ RandyP comments: There is general revelation kjv@Psalms:19:1-6 available to all and special revelation kjv@Psalms:19:7-11 that comes from His Spirit through His word/law; together they bring understanding to the spiritually inclined. The first understanding is that one cannot fully understand his ways nor cleanse himself from the many faults he has little/no comprehension of; the existence of presumptuous/proud sins that have dominion over us that His Spirit must keep back.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:20 kjv@Psalms:20 @ @ RandyP comments: Instead of offerings and burnt offerings now days we look to the final and complete sacrifice of Jesus Christ of whom the former sacrifices foretold. We are covered by Him. He is risen therefore we stand upright.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:21 kjv@Psalms:21 @ @ RandyP comments: A sure depiction of a literal hell for those who intended evil against God. One could say "wait, I didn't intend evil against God". That is for Him to judge, not us. What about a mischievous device unable to be performed?
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:22 kjv@Psalms:22 @ @ RandyP comments: This chapter has to be a Messianic prophecy, not David nor any other psalmist ever experienced these graphic details. The gospel accounts express more of details looking from the outside in. This expresses the same details but from the Messiah's view outward.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:23 kjv@Psalms:23 @ @ RandyP comments: This is perhaps the most popular passage in the Bible. It simple and flowing and picturesque. It is comforting to the weary soul. How much more does it mean when we consider it along with the previous chapter about what the Shepherd had to go through to bring us to this place of calm peace; the cost to Him personally.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:24 kjv@Psalms:24 @ @ RandyP comments: In three chapters Messiah has gone from Sacrifice to Shepherd to King of Glory. No one else could have ascended and entered into this, no one else has the clean hands and pure heart. He has received the blessing from the God of His salvation. Who is this Sacrifice/Shepherd/King? None other than the Lord of Hosts; not just any man or historic figure. This generation shall seek Him, seek His face.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:25 kjv@Psalms:25 @ @ RandyP comments: We see that so much of what the psalmist beseeches from us has to do with seeking the person of God, being in relationship to Him and from that a framework of religion/walk develops. He is shewing. He is leading. He is turning. He is looking and considering, keeping, redeeming. We are fearing Him, ever looking to Him, repenting, following, proven and developed under and in Him. It would be good for us to pray our way through this psalm.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:26 kjv@Psalms:26 @ @ RandyP comments: Who of us now is ready to be judged in this light and be so confident in the outcome? The Messiah could say it and mean it. It is because of who He is that we even have hope, because of the righteousness and sanctification He imparts, by His obedience. We should re-read this in this light to see if we are prepared for our examination.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:27 kjv@Psalms:27 @ @ RandyP comments: Unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Thy face will I seek. One thing... to behold the beauty of the Lord. You see that this is not mere religion, this is much more personal and tangible.
RecentComments:kjv@Acts:20:17-38 kjv@Acts:20:17-38@ @ RandyP comments: An interesting contrast between Psalms and Acts here. The psalmists keep speaking of an enemy that we are not quiet sure of and uncomfortable hearing prayed so strongly against. Here we know the enemy all to well. Because of our close attachment to Paul we feel all the more compelled to pray against his enemies for we sense that they are ours as well.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:28 kjv@Psalms:28 @ @ RandyP comments: Without God's voice we are no different than those going to the pit. We can rationalize and intellectualize all that we want, but, it is His revelation and answers that separate us. That is not only true if He is silent but, if we are distracted or spiritually deaf. He shall (future tense) destroy them nor build them up. We often see that they do well for themselves on the backs of others; only for this time, they are not built up into the spiritual being that they will need to be in the next life. Where the Lord is everything to His people, He is nothing to them for now.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:29 kjv@Psalms:29 @ @ RandyP comments: We forget the grandeur and awesome scope of our Lord; just how much He is involved in. He is so much more than we can grasp, so much more at every moment around us and within us. Microscopic and macroscopic everywhere and in everything. Strength enough? Are you kidding?
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:30 kjv@Psalms:30 @ @ RandyP comments: Question. Are you girded with gladness today? Cant find the gladness? Realize that everything works to the end that our glory may sing praise to Him... that joy comes in the morning.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:31 kjv@Psalms:31 @ @ RandyP comments: Like with so many of these psalms, with some careful interpretation as to the haste mentioned here and the removal of kjv@Psalms:31:10 these could almost be our Lord's words. Jesus did quote "Into Thine hands...". That David could perceive in his own experiences much of what his Seed would in His is astounding. It would be interesting to know what particular experience of his David is speaking of. Sometimes it feels as if we share this experience in our lives as well.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:33 kjv@Psalms:33 @ @ RandyP comments: Rejoicing here is connected directly to praise. Rejoicing makes for praise and praise makes for rejoicing. Praise comes with knowledge of who God is and what He does. Praise comes with deepening reverence for the size and scope and breadth; it is from the lips. Rejoicing comes with hope; it comes from the heart.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:34 kjv@Psalms:34 @ @ RandyP comments: As I read it, it is not that the righteous don't have troubles and afflictions, it is that the Lord delivers us out of them. Trust, fear, turning from evil and keeping our tongue/lips, seeking peace and His face, tasting, praising and joining together in praise; these are the things that we should be doing through it all.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:35 kjv@Psalms:35 @ @ RandyP comments: The picture here is of someone coming to the cause of the poor and needy, the quiet ones of the land, ones under the heavy hand of these evil enemies. This someone stands in the way of the enemy and is thus treated falsely being accused of things that he knew not. Snares are laid in his path. When the enemy is sick, he prays for them as he would a friend. When they are strong he prays for the Lord to arise to confound and scatter their purposes for righteousness sake. We would be well advised to be this type of person being assured that our God is all of this and more.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:36 kjv@Psalms:36 @ @ RandyP comments: Compare and contrast. If the author were to tell us all the good things of God no doubt that would be interesting but, not as informative and ground breaking as the same thing contrasted light to dark. We witness more about Him and more about the wicked. It is like a painting verses a charcoal sketch.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:36 kjv@Psalms:36 @ @ RandyP comments: The case against atheism can be made that without a reverent image of God that those individuals with wicked tendencies are emboldened to commit much more serious forms wickedness. I write this three days after a mass murder was committed by a lone gunman at our local movie theater. The fear of God would have major benefit even in a secular society.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:37 kjv@Psalms:37 @ @ comments: Trust, Delight, Commit, Trust, Rest, Cease from anger, Shew mercy, Giveth, Speak Wisdom, Talk Judgement, as opposed to Plot, Gnash, Draw bow, Cast down poor/needy, Slay upright, Borrow and not pay back, Watch with intent of slaying righteous. Contrasts create a fairly vivid picture.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:38 kjv@Psalms:38 @ @ RandyP comments: We see that is is totally possible to be two things at once; to be perceived and pursued as following the "thing that is good" and to be deeply disquieted by ones own sin. The weight of such is a heavier burden on the soul than the consciousness of God's reproof might otherwise be. And yet we see that there still is hope, petition can be prayed, the required repentance still can be made for those honest enough and willing.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:39 kjv@Psalms:39 @ @ RandyP comments: I have felt at times that it was best to keep my silence/bridle my tongue before the enemies of God that I not myself display to them a more sinful side of myself that might spill out unintended. By this I intend good but may well carry it too far as if I to be outright deaf and mute to the calling of God. The psalmist here in similar ill is prescribed a dosage of knowing his end, his frailty and the measurement of his days.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:40 kjv@Psalms:40 @ @ RandyP comments: These words just as easily could be our Messiah's. I know of no other whom has a volume of God's book written of him, a new song written on his mouth that many shall see and fear and trust.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:41-42 kjv@Psalms:41-42 @ @ RandyP comments: Why art thou cast down, o my soul? Enemies, whisperers, even a friend are conspiring against David because of His insistence/devotion on God. He has his sin, he has his turmoil but, he has his hope and he has his prayer. He has seen God's hand before and he waits for it again. He hungers and thirsts in a truly spiritual way, a deliverance that only his God can perform.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:43 kjv@Psalms:43 @ @ RandyP comments: The opposition David is facing is something we might not ever understand nor have to share. We have our moments with others, our uncomfortableness, our feelings of displacement because of our faith. Sometimes they oppose us. Sometimes they oppress us or more. David, in his position as king of Israel however, is in the center of a frantic spiritual battle that will determine the prophetic fulfillment of God's messianic promise.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:44 kjv@Psalms:44 @ @ RandyP comments: This chapter is a hard read. It is like two extremes: praise and near accusation. Given the history of Israel it is hard to see a time when they stood blameless in the Lord, but, it may well be at this time they did stand perfect and still God had sore broken them. I am sure that God would have His just reasons. Perhaps it's something He was doing towards Israel's enemies or something wrong they had done recently but not currently (but I think that He would tell them so). It would be difficult however in most situations to be so bold as to say that anybody or any nation at any time ever had a time when they were without fault.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:46 kjv@Psalms:46 @ @ RandyP comments: Just as in 45 we are seeing prophetically into the coming Kingdom, a river with it tributaries lined with tabernacles of God, a world cleansed of wars and heathen nations, desolations of the past observable as reminders.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:49 kjv@Psalms:49 @ @ RandyP comments: Can you redeem your brother? The question is important. You might think that you can save yourself by your own good works. That may be all that you wish to think about. Well what about that brother? What about that man on the street? What about that sister that has made a series of bad choices? Are your good works going to save them? Redeem them from the grave? Or is your religion just about you?
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:50 kjv@Psalms:50 @ @ RandyP comments: It is truly inspiring to hear the psalmist describe our God, to consider His ways even for as little as we can comprehend. It is addictive! There is literally nothing that is not His making nor possession. Along with the excitement and trust there is also a fear and a urgency for us to pay our vows.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:51 kjv@Psalms:51 @ @ RandyP comments: This is clearly one of the most substantial passages of the Bible. If we only understood it to it's deepest and truest meaning. Behold thous desirest truth in my inward parts; create in me a clean heart; restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; then will I teach transgressors thy ways.... We better memorize this one!
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:53 kjv@Psalms:53 @ @ RandyP comments: If a person who says that there is no God can not do good, is corrupt and works iniquity, can't the same be said of a system or form of government which is the same only bigger?
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:54 kjv@Psalms:54 @ @ RandyP comments: Mentioned here are "those that uphold" David's soul in the same sentence as God being David's helper. Shall we assume that amongst other things God is using certain people in David's life to comfort and sustain David's will and judgment? As we are often prone to gathering the wrong people around us, it would be wise to not only pray for the right people to enter and surround us, but to seek out and nurture these necessary relationships well ahead of our time of need, and for His hands to guide them in these times of our crises?
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:55 kjv@Psalms:55 @ @ RandyP comments: In this case, David's enemy was a one time confidant, someone his equal that he had trusted in the affairs of the kingdom. This may not be the same type of enemy that we would have, does not have the same political effect, but, we feel the similarity just the same. The context must remain the extreme positions that these two men held and the severity of one man turning to injure the reputation of the other, the king. By the time David prays for a destruction, he is speaking in the plural.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:56 kjv@Psalms:56 @ @ RandyP comments: As much as we want our troubles and prayers to sound like David's, very few if any of us have lived the life and done the things towards justice that he speaks of hear. There is a reason he is pursued by his enemies daily and heavily. He can say that his cause is just and that theirs is unjust, that they are wicked or filled with iniquity because they are. Though we picture ourselves in the David role with our own circumstances, chances are more mathematically probable that we are in the enemies role; if not by direct pursuit then by tolerance and detachment.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:58 kjv@Psalms:58 @ @ RandyP comments: This psalm is probably not sung all that much in today's congregation because we have little understanding of who the wicked are and just what a burden they are placing upon the poor and needy and the upright defending them. No we are much more tolerant these days seeking for everybody just to get along. A psalm like this leaves a bitter taste in the mouth of many a congregation because it is too judgmental. THe righteous however will rejoice when they see that God indeed judges the earth righteously.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:59 kjv@Psalms:59 @ @ RandyP comments: David is surely praying these things for himself about his enemies, but, no doubt that the audience in Jerusalem that would be singing these would identify with similar outside pressures as well. The heathen are identified here in the role of the dog. The danger would be identifying the dog without identifying with the essential limitations and desperation of the upright and the defence and strength of God and His mercy. Otherwise it is just bigotry hatred and prejudice.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:61 kjv@Psalms:61 @ @ RandyP comments: One can sense that there is part of David that is the king spoken of in the second person. Then there is that part of David that is the broken and contrite petitioning child of God. For the king God will do this and that. The other part, the child will praise and perform his vows to God.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:62 kjv@Psalms:62 @ @ RandyP comments: Salvation is not only a word for the future day of judgement, it is a word for the day here and now. Too much surrounds us in a day not to be aware of and in need of His salvation. He is strength. He is refuge. Mischief, inward cursing, oppression, lies, vanity, robbery are but a few of the things that either do or could affect us each and every hour. He is our defense, salvation, and our rock. We shall not be moved.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:63 kjv@Psalms:63 @ @ RandyP comments: David thirsts and longs to see God's power and glory. So what does he do? He praises with reason, he blesses and raises his hands. He is satisfied and joyful. He remembers and meditates, rejoices, follows hard.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:64 kjv@Psalms:64 @ @ RandyP comments: These enemies plagued David. The battle field was political but, the warfare was spiritual. We may see them merely as personal conflicts but,Satan knew the prophecies and importance God was placing on lineage. He had plenty a willing minions to combat what God was doing. We could also see Jesus surveying His situation similarly in a much larger battle. We would see such if we were engaged in this fight as well.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:65 kjv@Psalms:65 @ @ RandyP comments: God has a general grace given to all, even His enemies, that can be explained as simply as the sun and rain that falls upon all of us. In so many ways he moves over and upon each of our lives providing and blessing in ways we barely realize. We have a more specific grace as well in which He has chosen and caused many to approach. The psalmists speaks in natural terms that we all can picture and understand but he is speaking in spiritual terms as well.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:66 kjv@Psalms:66 @ @ RandyP comments: Affliction serves the purpose of purging and cleansing in the life of believers. It is not a bad thing other wise we'd likely go back to the way we were before. This way we've not only learned to depend solely on God, been removed from our selfish and ill advised motives, seen the hand and operation of God, but, also have some investment into the process. The praise and prayer offered becomes real and sincere, organic and experiential instead of merely academic.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:68:31 kjv@Psalms:68:31@ @ RandyP comments: Ethiopia after the time of Christ does become a stronghold of Christianity perhaps like no other including Rome. The Eastern Orthodox church has been of prime importance and at times has extended itself into even India and China.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:68 kjv@Psalms:68 @ @ RandyP comments: David now speaks of God's enemies. The righteous have much to be glad for. When we look beyond our own fox holes to see the progress He has made toward the final objective; When we look as David does here into the future of the nations and peoples that will be on board along with us by the end; even the tribes of Israel; it all is too wonderful not to be extremely encouraged and filled with praise. All of this out of the fountain of Israel.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:69 kjv@Psalms:69 @ @ RandyP comments: This passage has a very important description of David made by himself. One being that he is a sinner like all the rest; he knows, God knows; he asks God to hear his repentance. Many use his honest and contrite observance in ashes and sackcloth as opportunity to defame him even in bar room song. He is being reproached by the enemy because of his stance for God, he is misunderstood and deserted by his friends and family as well. He sees the poor and widowed in a sense as being inflicted by God and his God given duty to stand in the gap against those who seek to devour the poor and widowed for their own gain. Though it all could be overwhelming he knows that His strength and refuge is and will always remain in God.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:70 kjv@Psalms:70 @ @ RandyP comments: The king for all his glory considers himself to be poor and needy. He recognizes that there others as well that truly seek God going through similar tribulation and advises them to rejoice and magnify God.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:71 kjv@Psalms:71 @ @ RandyP comments: We are reading this as it appears in the order of the book of Psalms and not in the chronological order of his Davids life. It will be interesting in the next devotion to see where David is at in his life when he pens this. We know by I reading thus far of Samuel Kings and Chronicles that there was a good part of his life in exile being hunted by Saul or later his son. These may be some of the enemies which he writes of so frequently of. It can be the spiritual enemies while he is on the throne as well.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:72 kjv@Psalms:72 @ @ RandyP comments: This obviously is a messianic psalm speaking of the Messiah's earthly reign from sea to sea for as long as the sun and moon endure and beyond. No other king could fill these shoes. This will be fufilled after His second coming and great judgment. There will be a millenial reign and then the reign of His new heaven and new earth according to other prophetic texts.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:73 kjv@Psalms:73 @ @ RandyP comments: It was not until he went into the temple that he realized their end. On the surface it often looks like the advantages of disobedience far out weigh the advantages of godliness. For how long though. In the temple like moments each of us should realize God is God, that God indeed has his judgment and that their day will come, that God will punish wickedness and reward godliness, that things stand as they do now to serve His overall purpose. There is none to desire here on heaven/earth beside thee!
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:74 kjv@Psalms:74 @ @ RandyP comments: Asaph writes about the enemy burning and destroying in the various local sanctuaries most likely in the times before the building of the temple. He was a contemporary of David's from my understanding. Though I don't know which specific time he is witnessing, there certainly were times when Israel had fallen back into its malaise and God allowed desecrations like these to re-awaken congregations. Where might we see this in our faith and church histories today?
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:75 kjv@Psalms:75 @ @ RandyP comments: When it is all said and done we will look back, notice the old things dissolved, the many horns silenced but one. We will know then what a grand work the Lord has done. We can sense that even today if open to it and know that we are going through a separation process where the dregs are settling to the bottom and the good wine poured off into its vessels of honor. There is plenty to praise Him for already!
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:76 kjv@Psalms:76 @ @ RandyP comments: In Judah God is known for the miraculous protection provided. Many a enemy has risen against her and against most incredible odds Judah has seen the Lord deliver. There is no tactical reason or military advantage they possessed for them to be victorious; other than God's hand. God's judgment is for the meek. There is then a sense of reverence and obligation to the Lord that must be paid. That He has done this for Judah is equally important for modern Christians as well as we have been grafted into this heritage too.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:77 kjv@Psalms:77 @ @ RandyP comments: To realize what our spiritual infirmity is and what effect it has upon us is crucial. It makes us to doubt. It makes us to invent attributes to God that are clearly not in His nature. These attributes are concocted to place Him off into the distance. Somehow I fear as well for the doubters that are just as likely to look for God only in the earth shaking bolts from the sky. The more we know of His true attributes the more likely we are to see Him in each and everything in this life with manifold ways. Look for these ways today!
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:78 kjv@Psalms:78 @ @ RandyP comments: By Asaph. The condition of man's heart, even the heart of God's chosen/faithful, is reviewed. Rebellious, if by them than how much more are we? After all that God had done, after all that God had made them into, after all that God had done both peaceably and violently to correct them, they sinned still and did not believe Him for His wondrous works. They forgot, refused, tempted and provoked, believed not nor trusted, lusted, kept not His commandment/testimony, were not steadfast in His covenant. By denying Christ Jesus to this day, what would make us to think that this is any different today, that somehow now they've got it right, have evolved to a higher more trustworthy plain? Gentiles are just the same though they haven't been exposed to this measure. We know from scripture however that they will one day come to the fullness of their covenant with God in the Lord Jesus.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:79 kjv@Psalms:79 @ @ RandyP comments: It is one thing for Judah to be corrected by the Lord and for Him to use neighboring nations as His instruments. It is quiet another for those nations to puff up, to think that it was by their hand, that the God of Jacob is silent, that they are somehow better. Their ill intentions may have been used by God but, that does mean that they are excused for intending and coming against His anointed. We know that as the hearts of Judah is turned back to God and their prayers are cried out that God will once again move in their favor for His covenant and His own name sake.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:80 kjv@Psalms:80 @ @ RandyP comments: Just as the shepherd's flock in the previous chapter, the picture of the vine has been used in many places in the Bible, used by our savior in fact, and is a good way of describing what has happened and what will happen to Israel. This account suggests that it was brought out of Egypt, land cleared aside and planted. The vine elsewhere is also pruned and trimmed by a husbandman to produce it's greatest fruit and gentile believers are being grafted into it. It may feel to them like they are being ransacked but, in the bigger picture they are being seasoned and groomed into something grand.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:81 kjv@Psalms:81 @ @ RandyP comments: Other gods, the plague of Israel. Why was it so easy for them to slip back into this? After all the reproofs, the bondage and countless turning back. It would be wise for us to consider this answer. It may not be as simple as finding the right god and sticking to it. It could be that we use gods to serve us which the false gods are very willing to do. It could be that we feel better being fulfilled and exalted than being brought low and humbled. It could be that we believe the here and now and not the future, that our hearts are never satisfied, that we are driven by lust and fear. There are processes and separations being used by the Lord to make us what we will one day be. It is easier though for us to think that we are now what we will be. Such are our presumptuous sins. Such is the shame of what this life should have been.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:82 kjv@Psalms:82 @ @ RandyP comments: The poor and the needy are a constant theme in our reading. There are a great many reasons one might be poor and needy or fatherless and afflicted. I have known people that I have tried to help that even with my extra resources that just don't know any other way. In some respects it seems as if this exhortation is more about working to keep the wicked off their backs. By accepting the persons of the wicked, by not realizing who they are and what they are doing and calling them out we are dealing unjustly with poor and needy. An entire and large sub economy is built around serving the poor either as false recipients or providers that have little to do with actually helping the poor. The system grows exponentially but the truly needy are ill served. Our good intentions are used by the wicked to serve their darker purposes.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:83 kjv@Psalms:83 @ @ RandyP comments: Even in that day there was a substantial and unified conspiracy against the presence of Israel. On one level it appears to be political but, from this author's vantage point it appears to be a spiritual warfare. Given that the promised Messiah was to come from Judah, given that all nations would one day worship in a New Jerusalem, given that God's name would dwell in Zion, given that all nations would blessed that bless Israel, the Devil I am sure makes it his object to tear at Israel. After nearly two thousand years of dispersed absence we are back to the same thing. It takes on political consequence but, have no doubt that it is spiritual in nature.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:84 kjv@Psalms:84 @ @ RandyP comments: It is often calculated that a compassionate God is not a God of judgement. Here we see a soul longing/fainting for the courts of the Lord. What is it that makes His courts desirable? Judgement is what is most needed in order for true compassion to stand out and take hold. It is because judgement is missing that our position is as it is. We have delegated judgment to ourselves but fail to pursue it. We do what is right in our own eyes and the world becomes a hateful desperate place because of it. Better is a day in His courts than a thousand with the wicked indeed!
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:84 kjv@Psalms:84 @ @ RandyP comments: Judgment/Compassion. Have you ever worked for a company that was failing miserably? The employees/customers were pulling it apart at the seems? When a new manager comes in the first thing for him/her to do is to right the ship, and to do this he/she must pronounce judgment. The judgment is even handed; "it is my way or the highway". As hard as these transformations are, I cannot tell you the relief these judgments have especially to the loyal and invested and badly abused workers. To see a company go from a delinquent detention center to a fully functioning productive enterprise is perhaps the best compassion available. This is more like God's judgments; they are only harsh to those who deserve them.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:85 kjv@Psalms:85 @ @ RandyP comments: I wonder how much of the anger of God read about here is His anger and how much is either our sense of shame or rebelliousness. We often transfer the blame or misinterpret the real situation; which may make Him all the more angry. We have to be careful not to present ourselves as being ready for being turned if only God were not still so mad. If God is angry there will be good cause. If He is still distant then perhaps we are not fully ready to be turned and revived. With God, mercy and truth are always met together, it is never a point that we wish He would return to.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:86 kjv@Psalms:86 @ @ RandyP comments: An interesting thought here that the heart would be in need of being united as if scattered or dispersed. It is fairly evident in the case of a corporate body like a congregation that the collective hearts are prone to this. It very well could be the case in the individual as well. To be united to fear His name might imply that the opposite of this fear may be caused by the scattered heart. God is highly praised in this in that He works towards the obedient man and against the those violent who have not set "Thee" before them.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:101 kjv@Psalms:101 @ @ RandyP comments: David was a king and a politician. Can you imagine a king or politician now days saying something like this? or publishing it in a song book? In the kings house especially there is such an importance to setting the mood and timber of those serving and surrounding the throne. Not every ruler is strong enough to to do this as it creates many enemies but, it certainly has great advantage.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:102 kjv@Psalms:102 @ @ RandyP comments: David frequently considers not only his own mortality but God's eternity. Here he includes our universe as well. The earth and heavens were made to perish and be replaced. The children of His servants shall continue and their seed be established. By sequence, it tells me that our final dwelling is somewhere beyond this present universe.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:103 kjv@Psalms:103 @ @ RandyP comments: This is my favorite psalm, the first that I attempted to memorize as a young Christian. It explains the Lord's doings in a way that I can understand and is compact/concise. It is perfect for meditation as well.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:104 kjv@Psalms:104 @ @ RandyP comments: An illustrative way to to look at the creation all around us to find God behind and within it all. Interesting that such a lengthy section dwells on water often used to poetically to symbolize judgement. That the earth would be refreshed by it, that the birds and fouls and beasts would gather round it's springs, that the raging floods of it would be later rebuked and contained, that it would nourish and grow the grasses and trees essential to all all life.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:105 kjv@Psalms:105 @ @ RandyP comments: All this He did for the purpose that they might observe His statutes and keep His law. We might say well they didn't really do that, at least not for long. Is that to say that God was wrong or had failed? That God could have found a better way? Or is that to say that it was and is the right way? That by us failing to do this by our own means serves to draw us toward His son the true fulfillment of statute and law? Surely God's doings each and every one are perfect and without failing.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:106 kjv@Psalms:106 @ @ RandyP comments: They sacrificed sons and daughters to devils. If the notion is true that all paths lead to God, we would have to say no they sacrificed unto other forms of the same God. Then why would God be so angry and show His displeasure in so many ways? One must ask where do other forms of gods come from? How do they develop the forms of influence that they do and sway so many well intended people? Would they of sacrificed if they had known that behind these gods were literal devils? How is it that despite all these God given miracles and large wondrous mercies that they would still sacrifice to devils and learn of others idolatrous works?
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:107 kjv@Psalms:107 @ @ RandyP comments: Then they cried unto the Lord. Over and over we see men working themselves into desperate situations. Most of their own making, some as a consequence of the stormy waters where they conduct their business. God brings them low, they cry out, God does merciful acts to deliver them. To observe this is to understand the lovingkindness of the LORD. Where then do we stand today? What can we do? Well just as frequent is the refrain "Oh that men would praise the LORD...."
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:108 kjv@Psalms:108 @ @ RandyP comments: Vain is the help of man. It is said "I get by with a little help from my friends". There is certainly a time and place for this type of help. There is a time and place for a much greater help though as well. I can not think of what I would do facing those times had I not had my faith and God going forth in front of me. Friends can surely be comforting as well as discomforting. They can think that they are saying the right things and they can speak before thinking too. We take that for what it is. But there are times when sheer valor is required, we need our foundation set upon the Rock; that would be most all the time now it seems.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:109 kjv@Psalms:109 @ @ RandyP comments: This world is filled with the truly poor and needy. There are countries we can think of that are in a constant oppressive state, countries where it's own refugees are congregated in camps just across it's borders, some for years and decades. We pray for them of course but, what to pray? There are people in the name of the Lord that are standing up for these people but they are lied against, falsely detained, immobilized. We pray for them but, what? There are those that are at the root of this. What shall we pray for them? David must have been square in the middle of some of these skirmishes. Is it wrong for him to pray this? Wrong to sing about this in the congregation? Will the wicked man ever change his ways once he has tasted blood in the waters?
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:110 kjv@Psalms:110 @ @ RandyP comments: David has a Lord. David's Lord has a Lord. How can the Jew explain this? This intermediary Lord is a priest after the order of Melchizedek. He is waiting at His Lord's side until that Lord puts their enemies under this Lord's foot stool, Surely this Lord is not a human lord or king yet to be born for He sits there now and has sat there at least from the time of David. Compare this with kjv@Psalms:2
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:111 kjv@Psalms:111 @ @ RandyP comments: The works of the Lord are sought out by them that have pleasure therein. Have you sought these works out today? Where would we look for them? In the testimonies of those in your congregation? On the edges of those areas where the congregation is reaching out, pushing forward into the darkness? On the streets where the battle lines have been drawn? Not just good works but God's works. Are we seeing this in our own daily walks? If not perhaps we should be purposely looking Better yet... asking!
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:112 kjv@Psalms:112 @ @ RandyP comments: God can use one upright man can effect an entire generation of upright people. He frequently does. What makes this upright man? He greatly delights in the commandments. What kind of things does he do? We have glimpses here but, it is more to do with how he goes about the things that he does. This description is very similar to the description of Job's uprightness, as in distributing to the poor. It doesn't say that evil tidings will not come, it says the he will not be afraid of them, his heart is fixed trusting in the Lord.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:113 kjv@Psalms:113 @ @ RandyP comments: The Lord God's Son not only was high above doing these great and countless things, He humbled Himself to become part of these experiences as well, to the effect that now He is by no means a stranger to the human feelings and human nuances and human temptations that we experience within these great foundations and frameworks. He has been both here and there. Having returned back to His position alongside the Father, having completed the necessities for our redemption, He waits at the right hand as the Father puts His enemies beneath His footstool so that He the Son can return in His much deserved glory. Who is like unto our Lord God?
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:114 kjv@Psalms:114 @ @ RandyP comments: The sea parted for Israel. The Jordan river became dry land for them to cross. As a foreign nation watching on from a distance, one would have to ask why such a mighty god would do these things for Israel and not us? Later, after our foreign nation had infiltrated and commingled our gods and idols into Israel, one would have to ask why is this god Jehovah so jealous over Israelite people and not us? What are these many legends being retold about their time in the desert? Surely, Israel is being used as an injection point for His inoculation needle. The surrounding area festers, it fevers, it changes, the remainder of the body takes sudden and frequent notice. The body collectively resists, the body swells against, it is whipped into a frenzy, but, in the process of fighting against the injection the body takes on and spreads the antibody unknowingly, receiving and carrying about that which the Doctor behind the needle had fully intended from the start. 'Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob'.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:115 kjv@Psalms:115 @ @ RandyP comments: They that make these idols are like unto them and so are those that would trust in them. So what idols have we made today? What idols have we trusted in today? What preconceptions? What false notions? What religious forms and identities have we taken on that are similarly vacant? Where have we imagined a vain thing? Where have we placed anything other above our God? The people of Israel had done it; even after their tremendous experiences with God. Time and time again it was their down fall. What is it that makes us think that today this is no longer a factor in our lives? That we've gotten it all figured out? That we are somehow different from them? Perhaps this false illusion is one of our many idols.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:116 kjv@Psalms:116 @ @ RandyP comments: Amongst the vows to pay: will walk before the Lord in the land of the living; will take cup of salvation and call upon Lord; offer sacrifice of thanksgiving and call upon name of Lord; will pay vows unto in presence of all His people, in courts of Lord house, in midst of Jerusalem. The what where and when are given for a good starting point to a strong relationship and walk with the Lord.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:117 kjv@Psalms:117 @ @ RandyP comments: It is highly unlikely that the nations of this age would gather to do such a simple and straightforward thing; even in an ecumenical/universal God sense. It should be a sign of the times and our hearts that we can't even gather to do that.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:118 kjv@Psalms:118 @ @ RandyP comments: It is common to think of righteousness as something personal that you build up with good works. Here we find righteousness as a entry way that has been opened which one person, the subject of this psalm walks into. Who is this person that does not die but declares the works of His Lord? If we think of Jesus as the one the nations and wicked have come against like bees, if we think of Him as the head cornerstone they've refused, Him that will execute the judgement against these haters, the sacrifice bound to the alter, then we see how that entry way has been made. Now then by this gate the righteous plural can enter in as well. His mercy does endure for ever!
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:119:1-48 kjv@Psalms:119:1-48@ @ RandyP comments: From the very core of his heart outward the psalmist is asking God to perform a thorough work. By God placing his eyes/his heart/his understanding on the righteousness of His judgments, guiding his path with precept and statute and command, by blessing and standing for him as he stands against those that rage against truth, man is transformed in God's way. This petition reaches all areas of his walk.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:119:49-104 kjv@Psalms:119:49-104@ @ RandyP comments: A righteous God does not judge unrighteously. He does not do anything just because of the person asking it. The righteous God is not a respecter of the person but of the statute, of the law, of the principal involved. To be on the right of judgement is to be on the right side of the precept. To be on the right side of the precept one must know and act in accordance which takes study and meditation and daily observance of, to hate and refrain and stand against the opposite. This puts one at odds with those lawless and wicked and often requires the righteous God's re-enforcement.
RecentComments:kjv@1Corinthians:4 kjv@1Corinthians:4 @ @ RandyP comments: How is it that a steward is found faithful? In the apostle's case it was in the style of life that he had given himself over to. It was a rough life, much of the luxury that is part of our life were absent in theirs. Much of the danger and persecution that we shy away from they stood toe to toe against. They were made spectacles. A faithful steward today must expect similar. kjv@Psalms:119 speaks of faithful afflictions meant to stir us up from God.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:119:105-176 kjv@Psalms:119:105-176@ @ RandyP comments: One of the things we miss the most in our doctrine nowadays is the concept of just how right each and everything God has said or done or decided or judged or testified of has been. We get caught up in the love and grace without understanding what it is that defines that love, defines that grace, makes it so immense and great: His righteousness. In the law, the statutes, the precepts, the testimonies these things can be searched out, can have their proper effect helping us to grasp His defining nature. We know now that in our faith that the Grace supersedes the moral code, that the spirit of it exceeds the letter, but, the Law still can be our schoolmaster not only teaching where we fall short but where God's righteousness stands out.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:124 kjv@Psalms:124 @ @ RandyP comments: Logistically and strategically Israel should not have existed to the extent it did. They were a people that was not a people beforehand. They grew and flourished like no other. Their numbers would not have kept them whole if not for the Lord. It should be obvious that His hand was upon them. When it was not they quickly realized it.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:125 kjv@Psalms:125 @ @ RandyP comments: We tend to personalize/individualize these verses. The trust spoken of is in the larger scale of His overall plan and His actions upon entire bodies such as the church and nations. The righteous and upright are plural and a force of His moving and shaping. From that we individually are more justly effected.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:126 kjv@Psalms:126 @ @ RandyP comments: Notice here that the weeping are not just holding still, they are planting; and that even in captivity. It is too easy just to give up, leave, clam up, wait, go a defeated direction. Those that don't plant during these times are missing out on a joyful harvest.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:128 kjv@Psalms:128 @ @ RandyP comments: I am seeing this as a blessing of God to the individual believer and it revolves around being to eat the fruit of your own hands. There is a blessing of sustaining and protection and multiplication here allowing one to plant and to be able to see and partake of the return. If your hands have not planted there probably wouldn't be all that much to eat but, then none of us really plant as much as we eat. We know that there is a multiplication at work even for us. The man who fears God will plant. Wife and children will be a blessing, grand children and peace upon Israel. What I am considering is a general blessing, for not everyone will see this. Some brothers will die valiantly for us in war, Jerusalem may not even be occupied or obedient, enemies may at once amass along the borders of Israel. But, in a spiritual sense, in a general sense, in a sense we may not have even considered God will bless every man that fears him.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:129 kjv@Psalms:129 @ @ RandyP comments: Who is saying this? Israel. Makes me wonder how many of these other psalms were as the voice of Israel and perhaps not so much the voice of any one individual. If so, the thing of immediate interest is that it was not the forces from without that took Israel down, but, the forces within.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:130 kjv@Psalms:130 @ @ RandyP comments: Twice he repeats "more than they that watch for the morning; so there must be importance to it. The morning is the time of work, the hunting and gathering needed to sustain. A man forced to rest by darkness is eager for the morning dawn. The believer's soul waits for a similar spiritual dawn and in the Word hopes. The dawn deals with righteous judgment of iniquity, a purging, which no man would escape unless by the forgiveness and mercy of God. Individuals will then stand in the light, Israel will stand also.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:131 kjv@Psalms:131 @ @ RandyP comments: When the heart is haughty and the eyes lofty the soul takes upon itself a great deal, increasingly large matters it really has no business in. I think of the political campaigns we are suffering these months ahead of elections. Presented are entire shopping lists of big and grandiose ideas/programs that each and everyone of us knows will never once be addressed. So why are we making concern over them, why to the near exclusion of the things that we would be able to address? This same type issue is true in our individual hearts as well. Oh yes, grand dreams and visions, miraculous intentions, marvelous causes, big and frequent squawks and chatter. It hardly ever results in any more than that. For some though, a new found calm and quietness, a weaning from the demanding tantrums of a suckling child, a trust and obedience to a more modest constantly maturing godly nature.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:132 kjv@Psalms:132 @ @ RandyP comments: If His people shall keep His covenant and testimony...all of this. His covenant? That He has chosen Israel, He will dwell in Zion; that from the fruit of David: Jesus He will set His throne; that His priests will be clothed in righteousness and salvation and His people will shout for joy. How will this be when it has not been so for a long time? "Let" may be the key word.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:135 kjv@Psalms:135 @ @ RandyP comments: He did (and does) what most pleases Himself. He did (and does) big big things. Certain things must bring Him great joy. Our drawing toward other false gods and idols does not please Him so He does against that which doesn't please Him as well. It is very much an insult that we would leave Him for a lifeless speechless deaf figment of our vain imagination just to serve ourselves.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:136 kjv@Psalms:136 @ @ RandyP comments: In each and everything His mercy is a constant. Even when He is slaying a king our smiting a people He is kind. How could that be? Field of vision! We are also told that in God mercy and truth have met together. In establishing Israel He established the microscope for us of all ages to clearly view all human nature and established the bloodline for our redeemer to come through. We are told of the wickedness of these kings and the hardness of the heart of this pharaoh and the blood guilt of Canaan to the extent that the land was spitting them out. We are told of a people that were not a people becoming God's chosen, established for the good of all mankind and through which His greatest gift/mercy/grace would come.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:137 kjv@Psalms:137 @ @ RandyP comments: It must be humbling when ones captors request to hear one of your hymns as if to rub your face in the fact that they are taking you back to their land to make you slaves. It drives home the fact that you've let a good thing go. Had they listened to God, had they returned their hearts from their false gods, had they obeyed it may not have come to this. But it has, and there naturally is bitterness towards these captors. Really though God's mercy from kjv@Psalms:123 is still at work in a reproving fashion. We should not be so hardened as to allow it to come to this.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:138 kjv@Psalms:138 @ @ RandyP comments: What a beautiful picture, a high God looking upon the lowly, considering the proud afar off. He operates towards them with both merciful loving-kindness and righteous truth. His oath and message is above His name.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:139 kjv@Psalms:139 @ @ RandyP comments: David here knows what we all should know. He knows that God's works and God's knowledge is too wonderful for him, His works just toward David uncountable like the sands of the sea. David realizes that even his body parts (fingers toes eyebrows etc...) were written before even being formed. Light and darkness are the same to Him, that there is no where David/we could hide that He would not be present.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:139:23-24 kjv@Psalms:139:23-24@ @ RandyP comments: David has just spoken of those that speak against and take His name in vain, of a perfect hatred held against them as enemies. Here he wants to know that there is not any similar wicked way in him. Otherwise he would be a hypocrite and wicked to boot. Could there be a wicked way that God would disapprove of in our lives yet here today?
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:141 kjv@Psalms:141 @ @ RandyP comments: This constant talk about the wicked and of his own travail concerns me. Surely this not just any typical man nor situation nor prayer. The psalmist is being oppressed and surrounded for reasons not common to most of us in our personal daily lives. My concern is that we look at our common worldly difficulties in the light he looks at here, which is an intense spiritual warfare set against him as anointed king of anointed Israel being in the direct and announced blood line of the coming Savior. There may be a similarity to the persecution of the apostles and saints and martyrs, but to having ourselves a bad hair day?
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:142 kjv@Psalms:142 @ @ RandyP comments: Consider that over and over again the man has called out to pour from his soul his desperate troubles. The Lord hears and the Lord delivers and yet they come up again and again. Where is the righteousness in that? It is in the life long process that molds the man into what he spiritually needs to be, not just for this life but the life to come; it is in the inspiration ignited in others to aspire to the same. Snares have been privily laid by others, harm is meant, there is only one refuge and it is not in mankind. He complains of these others and their harmful intents but not the process and not the master that by this shapes the man into a vessel of honor.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:143 kjv@Psalms:143 @ @ RandyP comments: In all this trouble the important things come to light and for these things we become thirsty and are driven. We are caused to hear of His loving kindness in the morning, caused to know wherein we should walk. We are taught to do His will and quickened with true spiritual life. During these times remember the peaceful days of old. Meditate on all His works, muse on the works of His hands. Know that for His righteousness' sake He shall bring your soul out of trouble.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:144 kjv@Psalms:144 @ @ RandyP comments: The hand of strange children mentioned twice. The hand of our Lord. The future of our daughters and sons. David is willing to fight and willing to be taught to fight all the better. The Lord is His goodness, fortress, high tower and strength. But what about these strange children, is it David causing the fight with this attitude or is it the pesky perseverance of these strange children that pursue to overtake him? Is it the principals for which He stands for? Few if any have ever stood for what is right and not been attacked.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:145 kjv@Psalms:145 @ @ RandyP comments: This is one of those psalms to remember when you need a boost. We all have times that we are so narrowly focused on our daily affairs that we loose sight of the bigger picture. We get caught wondering what He will do for us when we should observe what He has done for all. Let us fill our heart with praise and our eyes with wonder.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:146 kjv@Psalms:146 @ @ RandyP comments: Thankfully the Lord is not the cotton candy non-judgmental nebulous be whatever you want Him to be god many imagine. His judgments are not just against but for. His judgment produces actions which come to the aid of those needing action the most.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:147:15 kjv@Psalms:147:15@ @ RandyP comments: We often put the concept of God spreading His word solely into the hands of man, limiting His word to the places man can get to and the time frame it would take for man to be able to get there and the reaction the man or men would receive. God's word is not limited by any such thing; it moves swiftly. He can use man's willingness to spread just as He can use the frozen ice.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:148 kjv@Psalms:148 @ @ RandyP comments: There is a place where even inanimate objects can praise the Lord, in our eyes and hearts. They praise Him just by being, by the place that they fulfill amongst all creation. Animate creatures as well, though they may not intellectually know they experience which is just as good as knowing. Humans may well place too much on knowing and too little on simply connecting and being part of the praise all around.
RecentComments:kjv@Psalms:149 kjv@Psalms:149 @ @ RandyP comments: In the new covenant we think of the two-edged sword as God's written word and the bringing forth of His agape to all peoples as our mission. We Gentiles might not have this honor today had it not been for the establishment early on of Israel and it's place in the history of our ancestors who often received it's vengeance and punishments. This tiny nation inflamed us. By standing allied against it yet being strongly defeated we saw it's God Jehovah. It's Jehovah eventually led us to His Son our Lord. Now we reach back to Israel with His agape and His word to complete the circle.
RecentComments:kjv@Hebrews:2 kjv@Hebrews:2 @ @ RandyP comments: The writer is purposely using several references to the Psalms as his grounding points. To the Hebrew reader these would have been very familiar quotes but, driven in a new and fuller context.
RecentComments:kjv@Hosea:7:7 kjv@Hosea:7:7@ @ RandyP comments: Where are the men that can see aright, that can discern the times and legislate the course? They have been devoured. Did not even David in his Psalms sense that the wicked were out for as much? Well they've done it. Is this not true in our day and time as well?
RecentComments:kjv@Exodus:14:15 kjv@Exodus:14:15@ @ RandyP comments: I am sure that the Lord is always encouraging of prayer and communication. Crying out may not always be appropriate however. David for instance often cries out in his Psalms but, his desperation often leads him to the conclusion that God is truly great and a mighty deliverer in times of need. How often do we cry out however with desperation alone, seeking for answers that we are not prepared to follow, directions we are not observant to go, pleading for self strength without having established ourselves within His. We can not be too hard on these Israelites for they are experiencing God many of them for the first time. We should be harder on ourselves for having had their experience plus our own plus that of others and still yet crying out for the sake of crying out. Is there not reason to be communicating with God on a totally different level?
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