August 18th, 2015
August 11th, 2015
In our previous lesson, we talked about the first part of Psalms 139. In verses 1-12, we saw how fully the Lord knows us. In this last portion of Psalms 139 we will see the depth of God’s knowledge of us goes even further then knowing our ways and the thoughts of our hearts; God knew us before we had any substance. He knew us and knit each of us together in our mother’s womb. He designed our personalities, our strengths and weaknesses and even declared each one of our days before one of them came to be. God knows our beginning and our end. He knows our purpose and our hearts desires.
David is just kind of marveling at the knowledge and works of God. Romans 1:19-20 talks about how God’s invisible attributes have been clearly displayed since the beginning of creation for all to see. You can look at creation, you can look at the stars in heaven, you can look at the sky, you can look at the trees, the sea, the planets and in all of these you can see the beauty of God, the work of God, the wisdom of God, the love of God, the mercy of God, the abundance of God, his omnipotence, omnipresence and omniscience fully demonstrated around us. God’s invisible attributes are clearly displayed so that men are without excuse. Read the rest of this entry »
August 4th, 2015
This is a Psalm of David looking to God and worshiping in wonder the greatness of God. David meditates on the attributes of God, God’s omniscience, omnipresence and omnipotence as God relates to man. It is beyond his comprehension but that doesn’t stop David from trying to comprehend Him. Trying to wrap his small finite mine around an infinite God. Remember the old saying:
“If you reach for the stars, you might not quite get one, but you won’t end up with a handful of mud, either.”
July 28th, 2015
July 21st, 2015
We are now zooming in to take a look at a portion of it, Psalm 116. Despite it being a Psalm of Praise & Thanksgiving, it is a hymn that moves from despair to delight in God. Music and hymns have a powerful way of moving our heart and our emotions. This is a hymn to sing to lift up your soul to delight in God when it has been cast down in despair.
It is a Psalm of Thanksgiving generally thought to have been written by David. It is known as a “Paschal Hallel” or “The Egyptian Hallel” as part of the hallel psalms, Psalms 113-118. These Psalms start with “Praise ye the Lord” which is what “hallelujah” means.
These Psalms were sung during the Passover. The Levites would chant these psalms as the Passover Lamb was being slain. It is highly probable that Jesus and his disciples would have chanted this hymn after the Passover meal before the crucifixion before they left the Upper Room.
The Hallel Psalms commemorate Israel’s deliverance from Egypt and our ultimate deliverance from the Great Tribulation. They are sung in a jubilant spirit that this hymn is sung and you can really feel that spirit if you read all 6 Psalms together.
July 14th, 2015
July 7th, 2015
June 30th, 2015
June 16th, 2015
June 9th, 2015
This week’s Psalm 84 is about how good it is to go to the house of God. When I was a child, one of my favorite songs to sing was an old hymn my mother use to sing with me. The neat thing about hymns is there are always so many versions of them out there of the same hymn. They are always personalized. It sounds very much like a Song of Ascents appropriate for singing on the long journey to the Temple of Jerusalem. Read the rest of this entry »