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Psalms 1-41
« on: June 02, 2019, 09:55:28 PM »
Psalms is a very long book (150 of them) so I'm not suggesting that we go through every single one. But it's divided into five sections, and the first one is Psalms 1-41. There some very well-known psalms here, lots of them from the life of David (which is interesting). I suggest that we pick out some of the shorter and more interesting psalms to look at. We don't necessarily need to go through verse by verse - since they're poetry, it's sometimes better to look at a psalm as a whole or in large chunks.

So we'll stick to psalms 1-41, which should be enough to keep us going for a while.
"Blessed is the one who always trembles before God,
but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble." (Proverbs 28:14)

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Re: Psalms 1-41
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2019, 10:04:52 PM »
Psalm 1
(1) Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,

(2)
but whose delight is in the law of the LORD,
and who meditates on his law day and night.

(3)
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither -
whatever they do prospers.


How we live matters: and therefore the most important life choice that we make is which philosophy we will live by.
To say 'Yes' to God means saying a decisive 'No' to the world's ways of thinking and behaving. Such a person does not adhere to the world's principles, copy its actions, or adopt its attitudes. They draw their inspiration and direction not from worldly wisdom but from the Scriptures - which means that they must read them and think about them, and then apply them to their own life.
Having filled their heart and mind with God's Word, their whole life is shaped by it. They have an unlimited resource from which to draw spiritual vitality, and so they are not much affected by adverse circumstances. They not only experience God's blessing in his own life, but are a channel of blessing to others.

(4) Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.

(5) Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.


But sinners have neither substance nor security. Far from being firmly rooted and fruitful like trees, they are as rootless and useless as chaff! When the winds of crisis or suffering blow, they are scattered helplessly; and when God tests them, they shall be found wanting.
The Day of Judgement will reveal them for what they really are. They will be unable to face their Judge, and so they will be separated from God's people and excluded from His presence.

(6) For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.


There are ultimately only two kinds of people: those who follow God's way, and those who prefer to choose their own way. There is no overlap, no 'middle ground'.
God watches over those who walk His path; but those who reject Him are on their own. So our choice of route determines our final destination: either with God, or without Him.
"Blessed is the one who always trembles before God,
but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble." (Proverbs 28:14)

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Re: Psalms 1-41
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2019, 02:53:25 PM »
Hi Deborah
I think the book of Psalms is a wonderful idea they are so rich and one can always find something new I'm sure this will be a blessing to all who read them.

V 1-3  I always feel that much of the Psalms are about Christ as these opening verses describe  Him well he is separate from the world he has no part in the evil that abounds in the world and as we are in Christ and Christ in us we are clothed in his righteousness and should not walk in the way of the wicked.
 So let us meditate on Gods word every day and let it guide us in the way we should go  as part of the body of Christ let us follow his ways.
So let us grow in the Lord who is the true vine who provides the water of the word by which we grow and yield fruit the fruit we yield is new converts and this tree never dies it has eternal life and we are part of that tree.

V 4-5 Here we have the contrast to the man of God the one who rejects God and follows the way of the world who rejects God laws and dose what is best for self this attitude we see far to much of in the world to day and the wicked are prone to be blown about by every wind of change they have no Rock to cling to.

V 6 The Lord watches over those who are his he is always there for us in good times and bad he will never leave us and one day he will come for us and we will ever be with the Lord.
But for the wicked there is only judgement to come so lets hope we can snatch a few from the brink of destruction.

Love and Peace
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Re: Psalms 1-41
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2019, 09:44:44 AM »
Psalm 2:1-3
(1) Why do the nations conspire
and the peoples plot in vain?

(2) The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the LORD and against his anointed, saying,

(3) "Let us break their chains
and throw off their shackles."


Humanity has rejected God's authority from Eden onwards, and the whole world has been in rebellion against His rule ever since. We believe the devil?s lie: that God's rule is tyrannical, like that of human emperors. To acknowledge God's sovereignty means bowing to His authority and accepting His rule - in effect, to abdicate our own thrones.
This rebellion was evident in the opposition experienced by God's chosen king David (this psalm was probably about him originally). But it reached its climax in the rejection and crucifixion of Jesus (which is why the apostles quote this psalm in Acts 4:25-27)
"Blessed is the one who always trembles before God,
but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble." (Proverbs 28:14)

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Re: Psalms 1-41
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2019, 10:32:50 AM »
Hi Deborah
Another good post thank you.

Why do the world conspire and plot against God and his anointed as we see it on every side when the rulers of the world are chipping away at God's laws and statutes.
God has given us all his laws for a very good reason through them mankind can live on this paradise earth in peace and harmony as God intended from the beginning and the best way we can keep his laws is through Love to Love God and to love our fellow man.
What are the chains and shackles the world wants to be free of it is Love those of the world do not want to Love one another they only want to Love self to put self first to temple under foot everyone who get in the way.
But we are not of this world we are of the world to come so until that world comes let God's love shine in us to lighten this dark world.

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Re: Psalms 1-41
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2019, 01:19:15 PM »
Psalm 2:4-6
(4) The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them.

(5) He rebukes them in his anger
and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,

(6) "I have installed my king
on Zion, my holy mountain."


But this human defiance is all bluster; God is totally unaffected by the puny threats and posturings of mere men! They can no more frighten the Lord of heaven and earth than King Canute could stop the incoming tide; their schemes are doomed to failure.
So evil may seem to hold sway - but ultimately God is in control. He is slow to react; but when He does, His victory will be effortless. He has the last word - and indeed it has already been spoken, at Calvary (John 19:19). There Jesus was made King - not by force but by divine appointment. The apparent defeat of the cross was in fact a resounding victory over the forces of darkness (Colossians 2:15). He is reigning, even now!
"Blessed is the one who always trembles before God,
but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble." (Proverbs 28:14)

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Re: Psalms 1-41
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2019, 10:15:51 AM »
Hi Deborah
Thank you for your post.

Yes God sits on the circle of the world and looks down on mankind and shakes his head at the stupidity of mankind in rejecting him but still be loves us and while we were still sinners he offers us forgiveness through his beloved son Jesus Christ our Lord who died for us and through his blood we are cleansed.
And now our Lord sits at the right hand side of God from there he will come again this time as King of Kings and Lord of Lords to put down all man made authority and to rule the world with his bride the church.
This is God's plan and it will be realised hopefully within the near future.


Rev 2:27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. View more

Rev 12:5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. View more

Rev 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God     


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Re: Psalms 1-41
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2019, 06:54:08 PM »
Psalm 2:7-9
(7) I will proclaim the LORD's decree:
He said to me, "You are my son;
today I have become your father.

(8 ) Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance,
the ends of the earth your possession.

(9) You will break them with a rod of iron;
you will dash them to pieces like pottery."


Now we get to the truly prophetic part of the psalm:
The Messianic Kingdom is founded by God's decree. And its Ruler is no ordinary king, but God's own Son!
This title had been applied to Israel as a whole (Exodus 4:22) and to David's heir (II Samuel 7:14). But there could only be One who is truly the Son of God. This is a coronation pronouncement; it was declared at Jesus? baptism (Luke 3:21,22) and the final proof is His resurrection and ascension.
Jesus, like David, did not seize His throne by force or treachery (as Satan advocated - Luke 4:5,6). The earth is His by right - and will one day be His in fact. He is the rightful King not only of the Jewish nation, but of all the peoples of the world. And this is being actualised in the preaching of the Gospel (Matthew 28:18,19). His enemies will not be able to withstand Him; any power that resists His rule will be broken. And those who stand with Him will share in His triumph (Revelation 2:26,27)!
"Blessed is the one who always trembles before God,
but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble." (Proverbs 28:14)

 

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