Psalm 21

January 27th, 2014

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salm 21

New King James Version (NKJV)
Joy in the Salvation of the Lord
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

21 The king shall have joy in Your strength, O Lord;
And in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!
2 You have given him his heart’s desire,
And have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah

3 For You meet him with the blessings of goodness;
You set a crown of pure gold upon his head.
4 He asked life from You, and You gave it to him—
Length of days forever and ever.
5 His glory is great in Your salvation;
Honor and majesty You have placed upon him.
6 For You have made him most blessed forever;
You have made him exceedingly glad with Your presence.
7 For the king trusts in the Lord,
And through the mercy of the Most High he shall not be moved.

8 Your hand will find all Your enemies;
Your right hand will find those who hate You.
9 You shall make them as a fiery oven in the time of Your anger;
The Lord shall swallow them up in His wrath,
And the fire shall devour them.
10 Their offspring You shall destroy from the earth,
And their descendants from among the sons of men.
11 For they intended evil against You;
They devised a plot which they are not able to perform.
12 Therefore You will make them turn their back;
You will make ready Your arrows on Your string toward their faces.

13 Be exalted, O Lord, in Your own strength!
We will sing and praise Your power.

For which victory is this written? A beautifully written blogpost “Carried to the Table.” The blogpost includes this piece of art. It explores the relationship of David and Saul’s grandson, Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth. It’s a moving story, when Mephibosheth has no expectations but to be killed as a relative of Saul over the succession. David seeks out Mephibosheth from beyond the Jordon, in a land translating “Place of no pasture.” Mephibosheth was lame, dropped fleeing after his father and grandfather were killed in war, and David was crowned. Yet David for love of Jonathan invites Mephibosheth to dine at the king’s table.

The allegory drawn out beautifully in the blogpost is to the grace of Christ in inviting us, undeserving to His table. David’s grace in restoring the lands of Saul to Saul’s crippled grandson, and making part of the royal circle is a small reflection of God’s grace, through incarnation and our invitation to his table. Do yourself a favor and read “Carried to the Table.”

Psalm 20

January 20th, 2014

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salm 20

Revised Standard Version (RSV)
Prayer for Victory
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

20 The Lord answer you in the day of trouble!
The name of the God of Jacob protect you!
2 May he send you help from the sanctuary,
and give you support from Zion!
3 May he remember all your offerings,
and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices!Selah

4 May he grant you your heart’s desire,
and fulfill all your plans!
5 May we shout for joy over your victory,
and in the name of our God set up our banners!
May the Lord fulfill all your petitions!

6 Now I know that the Lord will help his anointed;
he will answer him from his holy heaven
with mighty victories by his right hand.
7 Some boast of chariots, and some of horses;
but we boast of the name of the Lord our God.
8 They will collapse and fall;
but we shall rise and stand upright.

9 Give victory to the king, O Lord;
answer us when we call.[a]

Footnote:

Psalm 20:9 Gk: Heb give victory, O Lord, let the King answer us when we call

The memory verse from this Psalm would be verse 7, so I’ll try a different translation. The Message non-translation is always, ummmm… interesting?  So here’s the message for verse 7 and 8.

See those people polishing their chariots,
and those others grooming their horses?
But we’re making garlands for God our God.
The chariots will rust,
those horses pull up lame—
and we’ll be on our feet, standing tall.

I definitely prefer the language of the Revised Standard Version. Nearly fell out when a friend who had a minor in religion (or maybe a major) said that he’d decided that the attraction of the Bible for him was the beauty of the words, and not so much the message of the Bible.

So what is the message of this Psalm?

Sounds like a song the congregation sings in support of their king.

1 - 3 Asks God to remember “your” sacrifices, but I think it’s David’s or his lineage. God is implored to protect the king, and by extension the kingdom.

4 God, grant your desires
5 and your petitions. We will shout joy on victory, and put up banners.
6 God will grant victory to his annointed (David and his successors)
7 Chariots, horses? Fine, but the first and last word is from God.
8 Please Lord, answer our prayer and give the king victory.

Psalmist aims to establish David’s line as the rightful king, deserving God’s special providence.

Do we feel our government is sanctioned by God, obedient to God’s law? Or are we closer to the relationship of New Testament Palestine under Ceasar when Jesus was born? Is the question even one that can be asked in the world today without raising hackles?

Picture from 2009.   Seems quite a long time ago.  In the hall of congress full of marble and bronze statues of legislative greats.  Do we have any of those today?  Sigh.

A victory Psalm 18

January 15th, 2014

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salm 18

Revised Standard Version (RSV)
Royal Thanksgiving for Victory
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David the servant of the Lord, who addressed the words of this song to the Lord on the day when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. He said:

18 I love thee, O Lord, my strength.
2 The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer,
my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
and I am saved from my enemies.

4 The cords of death encompassed me,
the torrents of perdition assailed me;
5 the cords of Sheol entangled me,
the snares of death confronted me.

6 In my distress I called upon the Lord;
to my God I cried for help.
From his temple he heard my voice,
and my cry to him reached his ears.

7 Then the earth reeled and rocked;
the foundations also of the mountains trembled
and quaked, because he was angry.
8 Smoke went up from his nostrils,
and devouring fire from his mouth;
glowing coals flamed forth from him.
9 He bowed the heavens, and came down;
thick darkness was under his feet.
10 He rode on a cherub, and flew;
he came swiftly upon the wings of the wind.
11 He made darkness his covering around him,
his canopy thick clouds dark with water.
12 Out of the brightness before him
there broke through his clouds
hailstones and coals of fire.
13 The Lord also thundered in the heavens,
and the Most High uttered his voice,
hailstones and coals of fire.
14 And he sent out his arrows, and scattered them;
he flashed forth lightnings, and routed them.
15 Then the channels of the sea were seen,
and the foundations of the world were laid bare,
at thy rebuke, O Lord,
at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.

16 He reached from on high, he took me,
he drew me out of many waters.
17 He delivered me from my strong enemy,
and from those who hated me;
for they were too mighty for me.
18 They came upon me in the day of my calamity;
but the Lord was my stay.
19 He brought me forth into a broad place;
he delivered me, because he delighted in me.

20 The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness;
according to the cleanness of my hands he recompensed me.
21 For I have kept the ways of the Lord,
and have not wickedly departed from my God.
22 For all his ordinances were before me,
and his statutes I did not put away from me.
23 I was blameless before him,
and I kept myself from guilt.
24 Therefore the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness,
according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.

25 With the loyal thou dost show thyself loyal;
with the blameless man thou dost show thyself blameless;
26 with the pure thou dost show thyself pure;
and with the crooked thou dost show thyself
perverse.
27 For thou dost deliver a humble people;
but the haughty eyes thou dost bring down.
28 Yea, thou dost light my lamp;
the Lord my God lightens my darkness.
29 Yea, by thee I can crush a troop;
and by my God I can leap over a wall.
30 This God—his way is perfect;
the promise of the Lord proves true;
he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.

31 For who is God, but the Lord?
And who is a rock, except our God?—
32 the God who girded me with strength,
and made my way safe.
33 He made my feet like hinds’ feet,
and set me secure on the heights.
34 He trains my hands for war,
so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
35 Thou hast given me the shield of thy salvation,
and thy right hand supported me,
and thy help[a] made me great.
36 Thou didst give a wide place for my steps under me,
and my feet did not slip.
37 I pursued my enemies and overtook them;
and did not turn back till they were consumed.
38 I thrust them through, so that they were not able to rise;
they fell under my feet.
39 For thou didst gird me with strength for the battle;
thou didst make my assailants sink under me.
40 Thou didst make my enemies turn their backs to me,
and those who hated me I destroyed.
41 They cried for help, but there was none to save,
they cried to the Lord, but he did not answer them.
42 I beat them fine as dust before the wind;
I cast them out like the mire of the streets.

43 Thou didst deliver me from strife with the peoples;[b]
thou didst make me the head of the nations;
people whom I had not known served me.
44 As soon as they heard of me they obeyed me;
foreigners came cringing to me.
45 Foreigners lost heart,
and came trembling out of their fastnesses.

46 The Lord lives; and blessed be my rock,
and exalted be the God of my salvation,
47 the God who gave me vengeance
and subdued peoples under me;
48 who delivered me from my enemies;
yea, thou didst exalt me above my adversaries;
thou didst deliver me from men of violence.

49 For this I will extol thee, O Lord, among the nations,
and sing praises to thy name.
50 Great triumphs he gives to his king,
and shows steadfast love to his anointed,
to David and his descendants for ever.
Footnotes:

a. Psalm 18:35 Or gentleness
b. Psalm 18:43 Gk Tg: Heb people

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With 50 verses this is clearly one of the longer psalms. It’s still less than half the size of 119, but it’s long. David’s Song of Victory.

In BSF today we were talking about answered prayer. Have you ever experienced immediate, startling answered prayer? I have. And the description that another lady gave showed that she had the same reaction I did. It’s so startling, electrifying, and in my case… like everything else, fear inducing! David seems to have some of the same reaction, though he was annointed King, and the battles with Saul, staying honest and fair with Saul, but knowing the succession was not going to Saul’s son, but to David perhaps made him a bit less surprised. Samuel had annointed him. Was it before he fought Goliath? Or was it before he went to war for Saul, but after he’d been in the household of Saul? Anyway, he was not new to the miraculous, all sufficient power of the Lord. So how does he sing his praise and thanks?

He recalls the strength and protection of the Lord, and the dire straits of his flight from Saul, when death “compassed him.” v 1 - 6

He describes the response, the voice of God in terms that sound volcanic, with some storms and coursing sea thrown in extra. v. 7 - 15

And he says God plucked him out of calamity, and set him in a broad plain. He was delivered because God “delighted in me.” v. 16 - 19

Oh and by the way did I mention just how righteous I am? I’m as good as I can be, and God is all about justice. The good are well rewarded, the haughty and crooked find God’s severity. The author of perfect justice v. 20 - 30

And by the way, did I tell you how I was strong, mighty and a warrior to grind enemies to dust? God gave me this victory. They cried for help, there was none. They cried to the Lord, but he heard them not. v. 31 - 42

So I conquered, and having a repution as a great warrior, I have service and obedience of many foreigners. God lives and delivers me from the enemies. v 43 - 48

Praise the living Lord, praised among the nations, showing his annointed, and descendents steadfast love. v 49 - 50

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David didn’t stop and celebrate victory until he’d a full and complete victory, laid the ground for years of peace and prosperity for his people. A reminder to me. The leaving of the chains of admistrative responsibility does not absolve me of responsibility. There are still going to be hills to climb, snowbanks to traverse.

Five years ago’s battles.

Psalm 19 (Somehow I skipped 18… coming soon)

January 11th, 2014

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salm 19 New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised, Catholic version.
God’s Glory in Creation and the Law
To the leader. A Psalm of David.

1 The heavens are telling the glory of God;
and the firmament[a] proclaims his handiwork.
2 Day to day pours forth speech,
and night to night declares knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words;
their voice is not heard;
4 yet their voice[b] goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.

In the heavens[c] he has set a tent for the sun,
5 which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy,
and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them;
and nothing is hidden from its heat.

7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the decrees of the Lord are sure,
making wise the simple;
8 the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is clear,
enlightening the eyes;
9 the fear of the Lord is pure,
enduring for ever;
the ordinances of the Lord are true
and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey,
and drippings of the honeycomb.

11 Moreover by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
12 But who can detect their errors?
Clear me from hidden faults.
13 Keep back your servant also from the insolent;[d]
do not let them have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
and innocent of great transgression.

14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable to you,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Photo from an evening run to a meeting.

Finally a Psalm which really speaks to me in a multitude of voices. There is the familiar language. Verse 14 is used often as a pastor’s prayer before a sermon, and quite an effective invocation.

Old songs, words often heard resound with an echo of other times other places which make them dear.

Verses 1 - 4 are pure poetry, even after millenia and many translations. My father’s photos are a hoot. He took photos of plants and landscapes, as I do. They are not a record of people seen, events attended, but they are a way of seeing the handiwork of a creative God. I have passels of his 35 mm slides of plants I could easily photograph today. But I also have the record that he was looking at them with wonder as I look at them. After his burial, I finally wept driving into a sunrise in Eastern OK, and realizing that those were precious. Though God may make an infinite number and variety of them, there are a finite number available for me to see and give thanks for. “Day to day pours forth speech… their voice is not heard yet their line goes out through all the earth…” The Creator God is awe inspiring, awesome altogether.

But THERE’s MORE! The sun runs it’s circuit, untiring, like a bridegroom, as love we understand as humans. Love, of his people.

So, as there was that unfortunate incident in the garden, and we’re ever doomed to be separate from God through our sin, He gave Moses a bunch of rules and laws. Rules which bind us to him in daily routines, special ways to eat, to dress, to sacrifice, to live, loving our fellow human creatures as the best image we have of Hif and His love.

And if I ever get too smug, too sure that I’ve got your attributes caught in some box of my making, remind me that I am as grass in the field, here for a day, and then gone.

There is a new covenant. Jesus defeated death. But as for my time on earth, let me be graciously thankful every day of my life.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable to you,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Number 17 (what are the chances I live long enough to make it to 150?)

January 8th, 2014

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salm 17

Revised Standard Version (RSV)
Prayer for Deliverance from Persecutors
A Prayer of David.

17 Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry!
Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit!
2 From thee let my vindication come!
Let thy eyes see the right!

3 If thou triest my heart, if thou visitest me by night,
if thou testest me, thou wilt find no wickedness in me;
my mouth does not transgress.
4 With regard to the works of men, by the word of thy lips
I have avoided the ways of the violent.
5 My steps have held fast to thy paths,
my feet have not slipped.

6 I call upon thee, for thou wilt answer me, O God;
incline thy ear to me, hear my words.
7 Wondrously show thy steadfast love,
O savior of those who seek refuge
from their adversaries at thy right hand.

8 Keep me as the apple of the eye;
hide me in the shadow of thy wings,
9 from the wicked who despoil me,
my deadly enemies who surround me.

10 They close their hearts to pity;
with their mouths they speak arrogantly.
11 They track me down; now they surround me;
they set their eyes to cast me to the ground.
12 They are like a lion eager to tear,
as a young lion lurking in ambush.

13 Arise, O Lord! confront them, overthrow them!
Deliver my life from the wicked by thy sword,
14 from men by thy hand, O Lord,
from men whose portion in life is of the world.
May their belly be filled with what thou hast stored up for them;
may their children have more than enough;
may they leave something over to their babes.

15 As for me, I shall behold thy face in righteousness;
when I awake, I shall be satisfied with beholding thy form.

Erin in her blog “No Boring Life Here,” mentioned a set of bible readings designed to take you through the bible in a year chronologically. As in… the psalms of David would be interspersed in the reading of Samuel I and II and Chronicles I to correspond to the events in David’s life. I hoped to find that just to see where the authors of such a reading plan put this psalm. David surely was in scrapes, the most worrisome it seems to me were in his dealings with King Saul, who was wanting to kill David, finding that David had the favor of the people, and God. Accession battles in the middle ages, through the readings on the Crusades, were perilous times for the king’s family, and for the nation (tribe) as a whole.

David was no less threatened when Absolom lead a revolt, aiming to install himself on the throne. Anyway, it would seem clear that this psalm is written as a plea for God’s protection. One bit that draws my attention is the last verse. “As for me I shall behold thy face..” Beholding the face of the living God is not something I’d be asking for! Moses was “irradiated.” And that was just God’s passing, not showing His face. Or so I recall. Verse 14 seems to ask God to take out not only his enemies, but their children as well. Paraphrased, “Deliver my life from men whose portion (desire) is of the world.” They consider wealth and power to be the end all and be all, God. I know your Word, honor your Law and keep you ever in my heart, and at the forefront of my mind. David’s life was bloody and in the world’s terms victorious. But God wouldn’t let him build the temple, because there was too much blood on his hands. Even so, I can only marvel at the relationship David has with the God of Abraham and Isaac, Moses and Joshua. Such an incredible history… story of God’s intervention in history. How can mere mortals deserve such care. Yet David calls for, even demands attention. Is it my weak faith that makes me unable to do likewise? I plead now and again. But I make no demands. Perhaps this would be a good time to try to bargain? Hmmmm….

What’s a miktam? This psalm is an example

November 13th, 2013

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salm 16

The Message (MSG)
A David Song

16 1-2 Keep me safe, O God,
I’ve run for dear life to you.
I say to God, “Be my Lord!”
Without you, nothing makes sense.

3 And these God-chosen lives all around—
what splendid friends they make!

4 Don’t just go shopping for a god.
Gods are not for sale.
I swear I’ll never treat god-names
like brand-names.

5-6 My choice is you, God, first and only.
And now I find I’m your choice!
You set me up with a house and yard.
And then you made me your heir!

7-8 The wise counsel God gives when I’m awake
is confirmed by my sleeping heart.
Day and night I’ll stick with God;
I’ve got a good thing going and I’m not letting go.

9-10 I’m happy from the inside out,
and from the outside in, I’m firmly formed.
You canceled my ticket to hell—
that’s not my destination!

11 Now you’ve got my feet on the life path,
all radiant from the shining of your face.
Ever since you took my hand,
I’m on the right way.

The Message’s translation/paraphrase is always a little jarring, and I’m not sure I’m comfortable with it, but it’s a nice wake up.

Here’s a link to two other translations. I thought it interesting that the reference to the heart in verse 9 or 10, here shown as “inside out,” in Hebrew translates specifically to the kidneys! I for one am always glad to have happy kidneys.

Ok, now the BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) treatment.

Read… who’s here, how’s God described?

David praises his Master
Warns against idol shopping
David praises the people who recognize God as first,
describes his happiness in God’s care,
and speaks of immortality, or at least avoiding the pit, Sh’ol.

Reflect… What does the passage teach about God, about people, about me?

David’s contentment can be a justification for theology promising material reward, which would be a misreading. David is obviously in a content spot in his life when he wrote this psalm, perhaps just after his annointing, or as he’s winning battles.

David makes God heart present both in his conscious, daylight thoughts but also finds Him in dreams. David, a man, a king, not a god, is the chosen and beloved of God.

God’s rewards may be material, may be joy, but they are real rewards.

Respond… Pray about applying the passage to your life.

Father, You know me well. You know what idols of “certainty” and “self will” I chase. Help me to be obedient, to quickly follow as you lead. Help me to keep fighting the battle of the bulge, and be disciplined in it. Let me quit futzing and worrying about the checking account. Keep me thankful. Make me obedient. Obedience, chastity and poverty… vows needful in following Christ. I pray in His name, amen.

God’s Bounty… Trini mobile fruit stand

Psalm 15

October 30th, 2013

Psalm 15 (God’s Word translation)
A psalm by David.

1 O Lord, who may stay in your tent?
Who may live on your holy mountain?

2 The one who walks with integrity,
does what is righteous,
and speaks the truth within his heart.

3 The one who does not slander with his tongue,
do evil to a friend,
or bring disgrace on his neighbor.

4 The one who despises those rejected by God
but honors those who fear the Lord.

The one who makes a promise and does not break it,
even though he is hurt by it.

5 The one who does not collect interest on a loan
or take a bribe against an innocent person.

Whoever does these things will never be shaken.

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My summary statement:

“Godliness consists of honest words, honest business dealings, discernment and rectitude.”

The old testament, and King David are very much concerned with keeping the covanent with God through right actions, and legally fulfilling the obligation to do right. And there is reason for that.

What was the philosophical underpinnings of the anti-discrimination laws? “You can believe what you will, but your actions must conform to our definition of justice.” And by forcing the action, the heart does follow, albeit slowly and reluctantly sometimes.

The Law of Moses forces a constant relationship to God in keeping the law. And by keeping the law, the heart is moved to better understanding. But I’m not ready to give up pork. And I try to observe the Sabbath, but sometimes I feel boxed into hitting the stores. Keeping the law and being righteous legalistically gets us part way there. Christ’s sacrificial ministry gave us all the way to be, not so much righteous, but forgiven. We can keep trying to be loving, praying disciples of good moral character. But alas, we are all made of imperfect clay. Righteousness is impossible. But it’s a goal we strive for daily.

I’ve gone all formal in the Bible Study

October 24th, 2013

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salm 14 (New International Version NIV)
For the director of music. Of David.

1 The fool[a] says in his heart,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
there is no one who does good.

2 The Lord looks down from heaven
on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,
any who seek God.
3 All have turned away, all have become corrupt;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.

4 Do all these evildoers know nothing?

They devour my people as though eating bread;
they never call on the Lord.
5 But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
for God is present in the company of the righteous.
6 You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor,
but the Lord is their refuge.

7 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
When the Lord restores his people,
let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

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Footnotes:

Psalm 14:1 The Hebrew words rendered fool in Psalms denote one who is morally deficient.

Homiletics

In the bible study group I joined at the beginning of this month, BSF, we were given an chance to learn how they analyze bible passages for teaching. Each passage is scan for 10 - 20 content points. The content points are reduced to 2 - 4 divisions of the material, and the sentences describing the divisions are further reduced to a 10 word description of the passage. So as a challenge, I decided to try the techniques on Psalms 14. Here is the…. ta da.

Ten word summary statement

The deniers will be overcome as God redeems the righteous.

Then, you look for the aim in teaching. What do you think the reader should learn from the passage? Ok…. I had an aim, but for blogging I’ll let the aim be God’s aim through the words of the Psalmist.

And lastly, what applications would be taken into our lives? So, I set up a couple questions. I even answered the first as if I were busy writing catecism.

1. What is the inevitable result of denying God?

And I followed it with a second, which I need to know. I suspect I will see an example this evening.

2. In the disasters that follow denying God, where is God?

A short little psalm. Number 13

October 8th, 2013

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salms 13 (King James Version)

How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?

2 How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?

3 Consider and hear me, O Lord my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;

4 Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved.

5 But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.

6 I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.

Four verses of “woe is me.” Two verses of consolation. Sounds about right to me. Not till the songs of assent near the end of the Psalms do they get quite joyful. So my paraphrase.

How long will You forget me? I’ve asked, and my needs are in earth time, so help me already!

How long do I carry these burdens? Enemies, mortal and maybe bigger will be glad to celebrate my downfall. These are deadly problems, God.

And they’re bigger than I, so I’ll trust Your mercy, Your bounty, and sing praising You.

So try it. Wake up singing. And if you don’t feel like singing, do it anyway. Sing of the power of our Lord. It always improves my day!

A Lie is just a lie, why deny the obvious?

August 27th, 2013

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salm 12

The Message (MSG)
A David Psalm

12 1-2 Quick, God, I need your helping hand!
The last decent person just went down,
All the friends I depended on gone.
Everyone talks in lie language;
Lies slide off their oily lips.
They doubletalk with forked tongues.

3-4 Slice their lips off their faces! Pull
The braggart tongues from their mouths!
I’m tired of hearing, “We can talk anyone into anything!
Our lips manage the world.”

5 Into the hovels of the poor,
Into the dark streets where the homeless groan, God speaks:
“I’ve had enough; I’m on my way
To heal the ache in the heart of the wretched.”

6-8 God’s words are pure words,
Pure silver words refined seven times
In the fires of his word-kiln,
Pure on earth as well as in heaven.
God, keep us safe from their lies,
From the wicked who stalk us with lies,
From the wicked who collect honors
For their wonderful lies.