Month: October 2018

That We May Be Saved (Psalm 80)

In Psalm 80, I noticed the writer repeated this same phrase 3 times throughout the passage:

“Restore us, O God / God Almighty / Lord God Almighty,
make your face shine on us,
that we may be saved.” (v3, v7, v19)

Asking God to “make His face shine on you” is a common Old Testament prayer/blessing that has been passed down for centuries, starting with Aaron (Num. 6:24-26). (more…)

Teach Them Well (Psalm 78:4-7)

“We will not hide them [teachings from the past] from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done. He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.” (Psa. 78:4-7)

Psalm 78 is a maskil of Asaph. Maskiyl (Hebrew) means that it is a didactic psalm, meant for instruction or teaching. (more…)

Where Does Our Strength Come From? (Psalm 75:9-10)

“As for me, I will declare this forever; I will sing praise to the God of Jacob, who says, “I will cut off the horns of all the wicked, but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up.” (Psa. 75:9-10)

I thought the use of the word “horns” in that chapter was interesting, so I looked up the word in the original Hebrew text. The word is “qeren”, denoting power and strength. (more…)

Keeping Up With The Joneses (Psalm 73:2-3)

“But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.” (Psa. 73:2-3)

“Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psa. 73:23-26)

Psalm 73 was written by Asaph, who was the leader of one of David’s three Levitical choirs. All of the Psalms from 73-83 were collected and attributed to him in some way, and either he or one of his descendants wrote them. (more…)

Raising Them Right (Proverbs 22:6)

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)

Someone from my men’s group at work shared a story this morning in our chat room about his son coming home from school, learning curse words from his classmates. His son was confessing to the dad that he knew it was wrong and shouldn’t be saying those words, but he was having a hard time stopping. (more…)