272 – Psalm 7 – Pronouns!

Last time we talked about God being a just or righteous God. There seems to be a natural inclination among us humans to believe that God is righteous. How many times have you heard the objection to His existence phrased this way, “if there is a God why does He allow such suffering in the world”? Inherent in the question is the understanding that God must be good. The conclusion, therefore, is He must not exist because if He did He certainly would not allow suffering.  We don’t have a problem with God being righteous until He executes His justice. While the ...

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271 – Psalm 7 – Dig

Most of the time when we encounter the Bible devotionally we aren’t spending the time to look up words in the source language lexicon (dictionary). It’s like we are going for a casual drive through a neighborhood. We notice quite a bit, but because we are driving, there is plenty of detail we just don’t have time to notice before we are past it.  One way to slow down, like we are taking a stroll through the same neighborhood, is to compare our passage in at least one other (hopefully good) translation. I would say the main translation I use is the New King ...

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270 – Psalm 7 – Shiggaion

Psalm 7:title (NKJV) A Meditation Of David, Which He Sang to [Yahweh] Concerning the Words of Cush, a Benjamite. We talked last time about the middle two facts revealed in the title of this wonderful little Psalm. Let’s consider the bookend facts presented in this concise yet informative title. The New King James attempts to translate the word transliterated Shiggaion. The translators have decided it means meditation. The truth is, no one knows precisely what the Hebrew word means. The New American Standard translation doesn't attempt a guess and simply ...

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269 – Psalm 7 – Lion

Psalm 7:title (NKJV) A Meditation Of David, Which He Sang to [Yahweh] Concerning the Words of Cush, a Benjamite. The title of Psalm seven is very informative. It provides us with a backdrop by which we can gain some insight into this fantastic little song. I want to focus on the middle two facts the title reveals and leave the bookends unexplored for now. Among other things, the title declares King David to be the author. I submit that if we were ignorant of the author, this Hebrew poetry put to song, would have less impact on the reader than God intended.  ...

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268 – Psalm 6 – Like David

If we were to take the time to consider who wrote the Bible we would discover that human authors wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God. In simpler terms, God in essence said, “pick up your pen, here’s what I want you to write….”. Especially when we consider the very personal sounding Psalms David wrote, it can be easy to forget that God was the divine author of the Psalms. Maybe it seems counterintuitive to think God inspired David to write a “song” (complete with instruments), when the content is David pouring out his heart before God. ...

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267 – Psalm 6 – Introduction

I’m interested in one sentence in a particular verse in the New Testament. But in the interest of context, we must consider at least two verses together. Acts 13:21-22 (NKJV) 21 And afterward they asked for a king; so God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years.  22 And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’  I wanted to point out what Yahweh said about ...

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266 – Psalm 5 – My, Your, Their

Please read all twelve verses of Psalm five.  Sometimes I have a hard time concentrating. I knew I was going to write about Psalm five so I read through it the first time. I have no idea where my mind was, but it was certainly not on what I read. I could recall nothing. So I told myself to pay attention and began again. Before I finished the twelfth and final verse the second time, I realized I had not paid attention and could recall nothing. With mounting disappointment in myself, I again seized my mind, “Pay Attention!” I chided and began again. What is going ...

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265 – Psalm 4 – Verses five through eight

Book one of the Psalms includes Psalms one through forty-one and are Davidic. They were added to the official collection before King David’s death. As a reminder, the Psalms are not grouped in any specific way. They are simply numbered according to when they were added to the official collection. Scholars have grouped the Psalms together according to common attributes so we end up with psalm categories like Historical, relational, imprecatory, penitential, messianic, and liturgical. Of course, some scholars create even more categories but these are the most ...

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264 – Psalm 4 – Verses two through four

Have you ever had an “aha!” moment while reading the word of God? Well, I had one. I’ve always read Psalm 4:2 thinking there was a change of speaker from verse one. I knew that David was the one talking in verse one, but I assumed it was Yahweh suddenly speaking in verse two for two reasons. One, “O you sons of men” sounds like something Yahweh would say. Two, I assumed the presence of the words “my glory” must mean God was talking. But truth be told there is no indication in the text that there has been a speaker change between verses one and two. P...

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263 – Psalm 4 – verse one

When we read the Bible, I fear the tendency for most Christians is to just read past the things we don’t understand. Maybe we don’t know how to dig for meaning, maybe we are being lazy, or maybe we’ve concluded it doesn’t really matter as long as we understand the “important” things. There can be lots of reasons we don’t dig for meaning, but do you ever struggle over a Biblical passage in an effort to understand it?  I’m not talking about forcing meaning on the text. I mean spending time pouring over the text, reading and re-reading the passage, ...

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