Thursday, March 31, 2011

Prophets

After Songs we have the Prophets, which I have a hard time reading.  I do much better with historical prose.  It does help knowing more of the story prior to reading them.  These prophets were sent to Israel and/or Judah ahead of their exiles to try to talk them into following God and giving up their pagan worship.  They failed, obviously, but the words saved for us (and for the Jews upon their return from Exile) are very important for a variety of reasons.  The most easy to identify one is these prophets predicted Jesus.  They predicted a bunch of other things too (such as the exile, the fall of Babylon, and other historical events) which gives their predictive power credibility.  All of these were written ahead of their predictions.

First up is Isaiah.  From there, we get several prophecies about Jesus, but the one that is most striking is the passage about the Suffering Servant.

Isa 52:13-53:12  Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.  As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:  So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.

Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?  For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.  He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.   But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.   All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.   He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.  And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.


Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.  He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.  Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.


Jeremiah was doing the same thing, and that book gives his words and the evils of the people.  It too has prophecies regarding the coming Messiah.

Jer 23:5  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
Jer 23:6  In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.


There are others too, but that’s the one I noted while reading.  Jeremiah was a very hard read for me, as it is simply so depressing.  Sometimes we look at the Old Testament and wonder how people could be so stupid.  How could they time and time again revolt against God when He made Himself so clearly known?  How could they return to their wicked ways once the God of everything had saved them over and over again?  How could they doubt His power?

We look at the New Testament and may wonder the same thing.  How many miracles must Jesus perform for them to get it in their heads that He is the Messiah?  How many sick must He cure and lame must He heal and blind must He restore sight to?   How many prophecies must He fulfill?  And then they kill Him!  And He rises from the dead!  Something new is started entirely. 

But perhaps we can look at ourselves, and definitely our world, and see it happening again and again and again.  We make every attempt to solve our own problems and to create this sin free paradise where we don’t need God or want Him in our lives or consult Him on our decisions or honor Him with our deeds, words, and materials.   We still have a 0% success rate, and yet we persist.

I am an independent person.  I try to solve all my problems by myself too.  And I still find that most of my problems aren’t solvable by me, but they have been answered by God.  Not in a maybe possibly sort of sort of way either – I have had problems solved in ways outside of my ability and experience.  God can do that.  He doesn’t have to, but He sure can.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

More in B90

The next book after Proverbs is Ecclesiastes.  I never know quite what to make of this book.  I like reading it.  It is attributed to Solomon.

Ecc 1:2-3  Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.  What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?

It sounds a bit depressive, but the book does highlight the absurdity of focusing on worldly success for happiness.  It is all going to go away when we die.

Ecc 12:13  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.  For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.


The book after Ecclesiastes is Songs, or Song of Songs, or Song of Solomon.  One might read it as the description of God and God’s church.  Or one might read it as the description of the love between a man and a woman.  It is difficult to read without noticing the second, actually, since that’s an easy literal meaning of it.  They are very happy to be together, if you catch my drift.

Son 1:2  Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.  Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee.  Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.

Surprised the Bible talks about sex?  Who do you think invented it!  God designed us to have sex, just look at the male and female anatomy.  He’s always telling people in the Old Testament to be fruitful and multiply – He surely knows what that entails.  The reason sex is such a problem now is we’ve taken it away from its original setting and intention and tried to use it to our fleshly benefit.  Sin perverts everything, including sex.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Proverbs

I am still doing the Bible in 90 Days plan, though I’ve become so busy I cannot attend the associated small group.  That is frustrating, but I think I’m still getting a lot out of this speedy read through.  It is amazing the bigger picture details one might miss just going a chapter at a time.  I really feel like the story has made much more sense so far.

After Psalms, there is of course the Book of Proverbs, which I was writing extensively about each week.  I really enjoy that book.  I think it is important to remember while reading it that these aren’t suggestions like you’d find in a fortune cookie.  These are instructions for wisdom from God, the same God who created the universe and everything in it.  He knows what He’s talking about, even if we think parts of it sounds contrary to our modern “knowledge.”   God’s wisdom is timeless and applicable regardless of our present state.

In Star Wars when the bad guys are so excited about the Death Star and Darth Vader reminds them, “The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.”  The bad guy responds “Don’t try to frighten us with your sorcerer’s ways, Lord Vader.  Your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you conjure up the stolen data tapes or given you clairvoyance enough to find the Rebels hidden fort-“  And then Vader force chokes him.

The bad guys assumed that this strange ancient religion had no lasting power.  They assumed that the things they could create and the things they could do were stronger and better and more powerful than the Force found in Star Wars.  And they were wrong.  Not just a little bit either – it wasn’t the dark side Vader was using that brought the Empire down.  It was the good guys, and love.

The technological terrors the world can create now are mighty indeed and surely the most powerful expressions of human advancement yet.  But they still remain insignificant to the power of faith, and to the power of our God.  He has a name as opposed to the generic Force in Star Wars.  Our God is a personal God, and He loves us, and wants us to be with Him.

And that’s the kind of stuff I think about when I read Proverbs!

Pro 3:5-7  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.   In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.   Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Worry worry worry

Luk 10:38-42  Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.  And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. 

Martha is careful and troubled about many things.  Remember from the earlier entry that "careful" can also mean anxious.  So Martha is anxious and troubled and stressed out about what she's doing.

Martha isn't doing anything inherently wrong or evil.  She's offered her  home to Jesus and his followers, which must have been no easy or cheap task.  I read it probably wasn't particularly safe, since He wasn't all that popular with the authorities.  So Martha is doing a good thing!  But she's doing it at the expense of a better thing, which is listening to Jesus and being obedient to Him.  She was worried about her domestic duties and that worry kept her from paying closer attention to God.  Meals are worldly, God is eternal.

Of course this doesn't mean we shouldn't feed ourselves, family, or friends.  But to worry about such things and cause undue anxiety about tasks and things with no eternal value is a waste of time.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

More Peace!

1Pe 5:6  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 

The other day we looked at verses telling us to pray when afraid or anxious, and this is similar.  God cares about us.  He created the world for us and He created us and then He sent his only Son to be the sacrifice for our sins that would enable us to get to Heaven to be with Him.  God is the perfect Father.

Psa 55:22  Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. 

God is big enough for all of our problems.  We're even covered if we're not sure what to pray for, as long as we pray!

Rom 8:26-28  Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

And look at that last verse - we know all things work together for good to them that love God.  God can work anything for good, even the really terrible things and sufferings and evil this world holds.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Let's do some links

A History Lesson at Rural Revolution.  Good stuff countering the argument America's Founding Fathers were not Christian and other educational brainwashing topics.

What would happen if Planned Parenthood spent all that money telling girls you don't have to do this?


On the Latin Mass and upcoming documents:

Monday, March 21, 2011

Peace and Anxiety

Php 4:6  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
The “Be careful for nothing” implies a lack of anxiety over worldly affairs.  Not that we won’t do things to take care of ourselves or our loved ones, but that we shouldn’t be worried about it.  How can one worry when eternity with God awaits us?

Mat 6:25-34  Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.


Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Jesus points out that acting in that way is like the Gentiles, or those outside of Israel.  Today, that would be the unbelievers.  In other words, the unbelievers worry about what to wear and what to eat.  We’re different because of where our hearts and hope should be, in God.  Our trust is in God, so the worldly matters should not concern us. 

What we own now, what we do now, what we suffer now, is all irrelevant compared to the everlasting glory of Heavan.  Anxiety over such temporary problems is both useless and contrary to the trust we say we have in God to take care of us (in the eternal long term).

Back to Philippians, Paul says the alternative to worry is prayer.  We’re not going to talk ourselves out of our worry.  But God can fill us with such peace that we won’t suffer with it.  Paul tells us to pray and to tell God about all of our concerns and requests and things we’re thankful for.  God’s peace, which is WAY beyond our understanding, will keep us and guide us and hold us safely.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Be strong and of a good courage

This phrase appears at least nine times in the Bible (KJV).  Moses often says it to Joshua or Israel, Joshua sas it to Israel, David to Solomon, and God to others.  I really like to remember it, and it usually goes with the idea that God is with us.  If God is with us, our own strength is irrelevant. 


Deu 31:6  Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. 


Deu 31:7  And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou must go with this people unto the land which the LORD hath sworn unto their fathers to give them; and thou shalt cause them to inherit it. 


Deu 31:23  And he gave Joshua the son of Nun a charge, and said, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou shalt bring the children of Israel into the land which I sware unto them: and I will be with thee. 


Jos 1:6  Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. 


Jos 1:9  Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. 


Jos 1:18  Whosoever he be that doth rebel against thy commandment, and will not hearken unto thy words in all that thou commandest him, he shall be put to death: only be strong and of a good courage. 


Jos 10:25  And Joshua said unto them, Fear not, nor be dismayed, be strong and of good courage: for thus shall the LORD do to all your enemies against whom ye fight. 


1Ch 22:13  Then shalt thou prosper, if thou takest heed to fulfil the statutes and judgments which the LORD charged Moses with concerning Israel: be strong, and of good courage; dread not, nor be dismayed. 


1Ch 28:20  And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Psalm 112

Last one of the Psalms for now!  Promises to those who remain upright!

Psa 112:1  Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. 

Psa 112:2  His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.
Psa 112:3  Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
Psa 112:4  Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
Psa 112:5  A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.
Psa 112:6  Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.
Psa 112:7  He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.
Psa 112:8  His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies.
Psa 112:9  He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour. 


Psa 112:10  The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Psalm 90

First, notice this is a prayer of Moses as opposed to one of David.


I've also heard verse 12 before.  The idea is that we need to remember our own frailty and pending death so we might seek wisdom and use our time wisely.  Our goal in life is not to accumulate the most stuff but to get to Heaven and serve God.

Psa 90:1  A Prayer of Moses the man of God. Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.
Psa 90:2  Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
Psa 90:3  Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men. 


Psa 90:4  For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
Psa 90:5  Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.
Psa 90:6  In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth. 


Psa 90:7  For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled.
Psa 90:8  Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.
Psa 90:9  For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.
Psa 90:10  The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. 


Psa 90:11  Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.
Psa 90:12  So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. 


Psa 90:13  Return, O LORD, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.
Psa 90:14  O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. 


Psa 90:15  Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.
Psa 90:16  Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.
Psa 90:17  And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Psalm 84

A Psalm of praise!

Psa 84:1  To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm for the sons of Korah. How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts!
Psa 84:2  My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. 


Psa 84:3  Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God.
Psa 84:4  Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah. 


Psa 84:5  Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. 

Psa 84:6  Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.
Psa 84:7  They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God. 


Psa 84:8  O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.
Psa 84:9  Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed. 


Psa 84:10  For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
Psa 84:11  For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. 


Psa 84:12  O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Psalm 51

This one is all about sin, and is about David's sin in sleeping with Bathsheba.   I am particularly drawn to verses 10-12.

Psa 51:1  To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
Psa 51:2  Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.


Psa 51:3  For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
Psa 51:4  Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
Psa 51:5  Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Psa 51:6  Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.


Psa 51:7  Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Psa 51:8  Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
Psa 51:9  Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.


Psa 51:10  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Psa 51:11  Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
Psa 51:12  Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.


Psa 51:13  Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
Psa 51:14  Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
Psa 51:15  O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
Psa 51:16  For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
Psa 51:17  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.


Psa 51:18  Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
Psa 51:19  Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Psalm 49

I'm in Proverbs on the B90 plan, but am still posting some of my favorite Psalms.  I am halfway done!

Here is Psalm 49.  I noted it due primarily due to the last line, which is also translated as "A man who has riches without understanding is like the beasts that perish."

Psa 49:1  To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah. Hear this, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world:
Psa 49:2  Both low and high, rich and poor, together.
Psa 49:3  My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.
Psa 49:4  I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.


Psa 49:5  Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about?
Psa 49:6  They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;
Psa 49:7  None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:
Psa 49:8  (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)
Psa 49:9  That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.


Psa 49:10  For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others.
Psa 49:11  Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names.


Psa 49:12  Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.


Psa 49:13  This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.
Psa 49:14  Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.
Psa 49:15  But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.


Psa 49:16  Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;
Psa 49:17  For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.
Psa 49:18  Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself.
Psa 49:19  He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light.
Psa 49:20  Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.


Barnes says of verse 12, which is closely tied to verse 20:

Nevertheless, man being in honor abideth not - No matter to what rank he may rise, no matter how much wealth he may accumulate, no matter how fixed and secure he may seem to make his possessions, he cannot make them permanent and enduring. He must pass away and leave all this to others. The word rendered “abideth” - ילין  yālı̂yn - means properly to pass the night; to remain over night; to lodge, as one does for a night; and the idea is, that he is not to lodge or remain permanently in that condition; or, more strictly, he will not lodge there even for a night; that is, he will soon pass away. It is possible that the Saviour had his eye on this passage in the parable of the rich fool, and especially in the declaration, “This night thy soul shall be required of thee,” Luk_12:20.
He is like the beasts that perish - He is like the beasts; they perish. This does not mean that in all respects he is like them, but only in this respect, that he must die as they do; that he cannot by his wealth make himself immortal. He must pass away just as if he were an animal of the inferior creation, and had no power of accumulating wealth, or of laying plans that stretch into the future. The squirrel and the beaver - animals that “lay up” something, or that, like people, have the power of “accumulating,” die just like other animals. So the rich “man.” His intelligence, his high hopes, his far-reaching schemes, make no difference between him and his fellow-men and the brute in regard to death. They all die alike.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Psalm 37

I like this one a lot.  It talks about the wicked, and how we are not to worry.

Psa 37:1  A Psalm of David. Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
Psa 37:2  For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.
Psa 37:3  Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
Psa 37:4  Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 


Psa 37:5  Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
Psa 37:6  And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
Psa 37:7  Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. 


Psa 37:8  Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
Psa 37:9  For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. 


Psa 37:10  For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.
Psa 37:11  But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. 


Psa 37:12  The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
Psa 37:13  The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming. 


Psa 37:14  The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.
Psa 37:15  Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.


Psa 37:16  A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.
Psa 37:17  For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholdeth the righteous. 


Psa 37:18  The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.
Psa 37:19  They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
 

Psa 37:20  But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.
 

Psa 37:21  The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.
Psa 37:22  For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.
 

Psa 37:23  The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
Psa 37:24  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
 

Psa 37:25  I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
Psa 37:26  He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.
 

Psa 37:27  Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.
Psa 37:28  For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.
 

Psa 37:29  The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.
Psa 37:30  The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.
Psa 37:31  The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.
 

Psa 37:32  The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.
Psa 37:33  The LORD will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.
 

Psa 37:34  Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.
 

Psa 37:35  I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.
Psa 37:36  Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.
 

Psa 37:37  Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.
Psa 37:38  But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.
 

Psa 37:39  But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble.
Psa 37:40  And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.


The RSV for verse 8 is "Refrain from anger; and forsake wrath!  Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil."

Monday, March 7, 2011

Psalm 33 - Rejoice in the Lord!

Psa 33:1  Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.
Psa 33:2  Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.
Psa 33:3  Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.
Psa 33:4  For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.
Psa 33:5  He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.
Psa 33:6  By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.
Psa 33:7  He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses.
Psa 33:8  Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.
Psa 33:9  For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.
Psa 33:10  The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.
Psa 33:11  The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
Psa 33:12  Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
Psa 33:13  The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men.
Psa 33:14  From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth.
Psa 33:15  He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.
Psa 33:16  There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.
Psa 33:17  An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.
Psa 33:18  Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;
Psa 33:19  To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.
Psa 33:20  Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield.
Psa 33:21  For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.
Psa 33:22  Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Psalm 31:5 & 32

This verse from 31 caught my eye:


Psa 31:5  Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth. 

Probably sounds familiar.  Something we can say even now, giving ourselves and entrusting our souls to God for He has redeemed us.

Psalm 32

Psa 32:1  A Psalm of David, Maschil. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Psa 32:2  Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
Psa 32:3  When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.
Psa 32:4  For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.
Psa 32:5  I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
Psa 32:6  For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.
Psa 32:7  Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.
Psa 32:8  I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
Psa 32:9  Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.
Psa 32:10  Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.
Psa 32:11  Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Psalm 27

I memorized this one a few years ago for Lent.

Psa 27:1  A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Psa 27:2  When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
Psa 27:3  Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
Psa 27:4  One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.
Psa 27:5  For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
Psa 27:6  And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.
Psa 27:7  Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
Psa 27:8  When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.
Psa 27:9  Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
Psa 27:10  When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.
Psa 27:11  Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.
Psa 27:12  Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.
Psa 27:13  I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
Psa 27:14  Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Psalm 22

This one is ALL 'bout Jesus...


Psa 22:1  To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
Psa 22:2  O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.
Psa 22:3  But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
Psa 22:4  Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.
Psa 22:5  They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.
Psa 22:6  But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.
Psa 22:7  All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
Psa 22:8  He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.
Psa 22:9  But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts.
Psa 22:10  I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother's belly.
Psa 22:11  Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.
Psa 22:12  Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.
Psa 22:13  They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.
Psa 22:14  I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.
Psa 22:15  My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
Psa 22:16  For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
Psa 22:17  I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.
Psa 22:18  They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
Psa 22:19  But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me.
Psa 22:20  Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog.
Psa 22:21  Save me from the lion's mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.
Psa 22:22  I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
Psa 22:23  Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.
Psa 22:24  For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.
Psa 22:25  My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.
Psa 22:26  The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.
Psa 22:27  All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.
Psa 22:28  For the kingdom is the LORD'S: and he is the governor among the nations.
Psa 22:29  All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul.
Psa 22:30  A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.
Psa 22:31  They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Happy Birthday

Today is the birthday of the current version of this blog.  It existed before then, but it didn't work out.  You can find my first new post for this blog here

I have a lot of fun working on this blog and have learned many new things.  I think it is exciting to be able to share God on the internet, even if I don't have a huge following or a lot of visitors.  That's okay, I'm not doing it to be popular.

Psalm 19

I really like this one!

Psa 19:1  To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
Psa 19:2  Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
Psa 19:3  There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
Psa 19:4  Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
Psa 19:5  Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
Psa 19:6  His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
Psa 19:7  The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
Psa 19:8  The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
Psa 19:9  The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
Psa 19:10  More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Psa 19:11  Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.
Psa 19:12  Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.
Psa 19:13  Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
Psa 19:14  Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Psalm 7

People talk about praying the Psalms, which I understand in most cases.  But then I get to verses like this one:

Psa 7:8  The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me. 

I'd really think it'd be better if God didn't judge me according to my righteousness, because I don't even have half a speck of it hidden in my sock drawer.  It is kind of like the Our Father, when we ask that He forgives us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.  I pray he does a lot better job than me, or there's no forgiveness coming my way as I'm horrible at that part too.

These seem to fit me a lot more:


Psa 25:7  Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness' sake, O LORD. 



Psa 25:11  For thy name's sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.

This isn't said to mean I'm down on myself, but an honest appraisal of where we really stand next to God's holiness isn't a pretty picture for us.  But it is the source of the Good News!  That's why we need Jesus.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

We are now into Psalms!

I don't like reading them this fast.  The study guide says to make a note of the ones you like so you can come back later and study them, and I'm going to be putting them here!!!

But first, a verse from Job, which cracks me up.  I may have to use it sometime.  This is from the youngest person there, who has decided he's had enough listening:



Job 36:4  For truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect in knowledge is with thee.

Sounds like something I might say, doesn't it?  ;-)

Onto Psalm 2, which is looking to Jesus!

Psa 2:1  Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
Psa 2:2  The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,
Psa 2:3  Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
Psa 2:4  He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
Psa 2:5  Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
Psa 2:6  Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
Psa 2:7  I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
Psa 2:8  Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
Psa 2:9  Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.
Psa 2:10  Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
Psa 2:11  Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
Psa 2:12  Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.