Category Archives: Psalms

2 Kings 18:9-37; Psalm 46, 80, 135

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Note the time frames.  The first chapter we read is sort of a flash back and we re-read the Assyrian’s taking Israel into Captivity and WHY they are being held captive.

Then we are 10 years later, the 14th year of Hezekiah’s reign, placing us about 701 B.C. (numbers get closer to zero as we go)  Sennacherib, king of Assyria, is the son of the king that deported Israel’s people (Northern Territory).  To keep them from attacking the southern territory, Judah, they paid them an annual tribute.  But when Sennacherib took his fathers reign, Hezekiah stopped paying, thinking Assyria was just forgot to ignore them (fat chance), also remember Hezekiah “showed off” all his riches, all the Lord gave him he was prideful about. 

Sennacherib began to attack,  so Hezekiah quickly paid him all he had, but it didn’t matter Sennacherib attacked anyway. (look at your Cross references…I bet a lot of them say Isaiah…all this was prophesied.)

(By the way you are not going crazy, yes you read all this last week in Isaiah)  This is good for you to reread. If God had a message for you, maybe you ignored it the first time.

Psalms.  I actually enjoyed reading the Psalms better than the History today (Sorry, just being honest) .  The history confused me and I had to concentrate ( ugg right)…the Psalms were beautiful.

Psalm 46:  What is your view of God??  This powerful and yet it ends with “Be Still and know that I am God”.  Even thought we see His power, He will whisper.

Psalm 80: Restoration.  Everyone reading is in a different part of their life and Restoration is a season many people need and Only God can fully do that.

Psalm 135: I know it is a long day but 135 should not be skimmed.  A praise that God is God and that any other form of worship is a waste of time.

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2 kings 18:1-8; 2 chron 29-31, PS 48

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AS we read in Isaiah there would be a remnant of people that would be left behind during the exile.  (rereard that)

Hezekiah is the King in Judah. 

  • His father was Ahaz, the awful King that locked up the temple doors,
  • but his mother was Abijah, the daughter of Zechariah. 

Hezekiah begins with breaking down pagan s idols but also has enough wisdom to break down His own people’s idols.  Then re-consecrateing the items of the temples.  WHy? They have become defiled! 

DO you remember the Bronze Snake that was created back in Numbers 21?  Great Story to reread!  God had told Moses to make a Bronze Snake and raise it up, and all who believed would be healed.  The snake was just a piece of metal, it was their Faith in God that healed them (also a HUGE foreshadows of the Messiah, for those who believe…) anyway, the Hebrews had even made an idol out of that snake.  Modern day application would be anything religiously superstitious,that we feel might “protect us” of “bring us luck” just because it looks religious doesn’t excuse it from being an idol.  We must really keep checking ourself on this.  I was raised catholic, oh never mind….

2 Chronicles.  Hezekiah.  I know we have read many Kings names that they all get swooshed together but we need to let this one stand out right now. If your son or daughter needs to do a book report on an important man…pick Hezekiah!   These people have not celebrated the Lord in over 200 years, and Hezekiah brings back the original law that God had commanded.   It was beautiful to read the names of the Tribes again.

“People of Israel RETURN to the Lord”.  The word RETURN always stands out to me.  I am always thinking it should be “come” to the Lord but we forget that He created us and that we were His from the beginning,and we are the one that moved…not Him.

I wish I could talk about this topic but this blog is long enough, Chapter 30 verse 9 says paraphrased that  messengers were “scorned and ridiculed”.  Listen, God always knew that talking about Him or encouraging people to Worship the ONE true God would be an unwelcoming conversations but look what happened even though they did it…

Although most of the many people who came from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun had not purified themselves, yet they ate the Passover, contrary to what was written. But Hezekiah pardoned everyone who sets his heart on seeking God—the LORD, the God of his fathers—even if he is not clean according yed for them, saying, “May the LORD, who is good, to the rules of the sanctuary.” And the LORD heard Hezekiah and healed the people.  2 Chron 30:18-20

Isn’t that awesome!  SO as we watch the news at night and think “Good Golly what is the world coming to” we can know that the only way to have a perfect world is His way.

Obadiah and Psalm 82-83

We know nothing of Obadiah.  Just him name. (and I love pronouncing it).  This short book has 2 sections to it. Click here.

  • The Destruction of Edom
  • The Restoration of Israel

This book was probably written around 587 B.C. Israel will fall to the hands of King Nebuchadnezzar and Edom will not only look on but take part of the plunder of spoils.   This prophecy does come  true and Edom is no longer considered a nation around 150 B.C.  Lingering survivors appear throughout time, one of them  being Herod the Great, the ruler of the Jews during Jesus time but in 70 A.D. the Edomites entirely disappear.

The second part of this prophecy is the confirmation of covenant.  Israel will rise from her fall, she will not only possess her original land but also that of  Philistia and Edom (today this is Jordan).  This prophecy speaks of the coming Messiah.  “The house of Jacob will possess its inheritance”.

By the way if you feel like reading a little more today read Jeremiah 49 starting in Verse 7.  Jeremiah was a prophet also that echoed the same message of Obadiah in that chapter.

Psalm 82-83  Smile.  If you had read these Psalms 6 months ago you may not have understood them like you do today.

Prophecy Books all have several meanings.  They  are prophecy of the days of Israel AND of End times.  I am keeping this very simple so when it talks about rise of his people and retaking the land…yes it means in these days BUT it also means when Christ comes back.  Can-I-get-an-AMEN!!!

Day 166 Psalm 134, 146-150

Today’s readings are very special.  Do you remember a long time when we started some of the Psalms I mentioned the “songs of the ascent”.  During the pilgrimages to the Temple for the Feasts, the worshipers would sing these psalms or they were sung while climbing up the 15 steps of the temple.  Well, psalm 134 is the last of the ascent psalms.  So as we sing it we are ABOUT to go into the Temple to worship.  Ohhh how this Psalm is special.  Preparation of the heart.

Psalm 146-150.  Wow, what a milestone.    Each one begins and ends with a Praise the Lord.   So as we are ending the Psalms let us remember our purpose.  Our Purpose on this planet is to serve and worship the Lord.  Everything else is just given to us from the Lord.  So I want to read these last 5 praise poems directly to the Lord.  I pray that one of the 5 speaks directly to your heart.

Psalm 119:89-176

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Wisdom. Discernment. Obedience.  Those were the three words I kept hearing in my head as I read the second half of this Psalm. Wisdom and Discernment are from God. Obedience….well…that is our par.  See all 3 are rightly related.  I find it interesting that we are reading this today and by Sunday we will be on Proverbs.  If you have read this Psalm before…try changing the version, it might help it to fall fresh.

1 Kings 3-4, 2 Chron 1, Psalm 72

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1 Kings 3 and 4.  The moment I read who Solomon marries I was like “are you kidding me!” We have heard it time and time again…you have got to go to Church to find a good woman!  You all hopefully remember the rules on Marriage for the Israelites.  Well, let the fun begin I guess.

  • IMPORTANT:  the point of the telling you where people were sacrificing was to show you that they were not following the law.  They were only supposed to make sacrifices at appointed places by the Lord and supervised by the priests. Gibeon is where they should have been all going to; that is where the tabernacle was with the Bronze alter and the Tent of Meeting.  The Ark however was in Jerusalem.

A Discerning Heart: Is that what you would have asked for? If you could ask God for one thing what would it be? But imagine being Wise.  A wisdom that came only from the Lord.  Knowing WHAT to do in difficult times. What decisions to make.   Knowing what to say.  Should I do this or this?  Wisdom is knowing what to do with our knowledge.  God will give us wisdom if first, we ask for it and second we TRULY believe that he will give it to us.

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. (James 1:5-7)

Love the prostitute baby story! I could write a ton today but I won’t!. 

Psalm 72.  Yes this Psalm is a prayer for Solomon but it is a prayer for the real King of Kings.  Verse 17, which is quoted in Genesis and in Luke is a prophecy of the King that will reign over ALL nations forever.

Day 150. Wow. Psalm 119:1-88

Two days ago we read the shortest chapter in the Bible, Today we will read half of the longest Chapter in the Bible.  Psalm 119  (click)is a Psalm focused on the  life we have when deep-rooted in Reverence for God.

Warning: Do not “Audio” this Psalm.  This is not a YouVersion listen.  Why? because this is written in the first person so that when YOU read it you are SPEAKING directly to the Lord.  You will read about HIM having to make sense of the Bible FOR you.  HIM teaching you what all this means.  It is quite amazing!

There are 176 verses, and every verse (except 4) mentions God under one or 10 different names.  He is called: law, statutes, decrees, commands, precepts, word, ways (paths),  decrees, promised and judgements.

This poem is an Acrostic, or an Alphabetic Psalm.  It has 22 Stanza’s and each begins with a letter in the Hebrew alphabet, in sequence (If it were written in Hebrew but I can’t read Hebrew….).  Each stanza has 8 lines. And Each stanza begins with the alphabetic letter.  If you’re not sure what I mean, look at the Psalm.  See the words Aleph, Beth, Gimel…Those are the Hebrew alphabet letters,  Each one has a meaning and when the Bible was originally written in Hebrew the first word in each stanza was that letter.

The author of this Psalm is suggested to be Ezra, and written  after the temple was rebuilt.

We read 11 Stanzas and each was AMAZING. (I should show you how much I underlined!) If you have time today I encourage you to take 1 of the Stanza’a and reread it and look up each cross-reference.  I actually did it with Aleph.  Here is what I did with it

  • Verse 2…the word AND really popped out at me.  It didn’t say Or, it said And.
  • Verse 3.  They do nothing wrong?  Look up 1John 3:9.  When we have Christ in us He does stop our habits of sinning.  There is evidence in the way we live that we have a relationship with Christ.
  • Verse 7. As I learn your ways.  The x-ref was Dt 4:8.  Remember those Chapters about Obedience vs Disobedience.  Obedience is learning His ways.

Which Alphabet letter did you dissect.  Please share. BY thew way Day 150!!!! WOW.

1 Kings 1-2, Psalm 37, 71, 94

Buckle up for this read.  A ton of info.  I think it was all pretty self-explanatory (yet can be confusing), so I will just review some ‘Why’s’ that may be our there.

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David dies at age 70 and Solomon took over at the age of 19.  First, you can’t blame Adonijah for assuming the throne, he was the oldest surviving son, however, it was not what God had appointed. And his tactic was very wrong.

Also, when he was asking for that girl to marry from David’s Harem, that was a political move.  Taking a kings woman was a power play move.  A loud statement for the kingdom to hear.  Solomon had no choice but to kill him. (But also KNOW that she is BEAUTIFUL because we will read about her again in Song of Songs)

Nathan was David’s prophet but also Solomon’s teacher growing up.  Actually,  back in 2 Samuel 12:25, Nathan calls Solomon Jedidiah meaning “The Lord’s Darling” (isn’t that one of the characters in The Night at the Museum movie)

The rest of the chapters may have seem to read like the Jewish Mafia was in town killing off people left and right,  but it was necessary.  In past books we read chapter after chapter of the Lord saying “rid this sin”.  Well, Solomon, wiser than David, and  is actually doing it. So who should go and who should stay you ask?

Joab.  We have read about him quite a bit.  Hot tempered little man huh.  Every time someone is promoted over him,  he killed them.  He also killed people when directly advised not to be by David,  like Abner and Absalom.  But this was his last political scheme.  He jumped to join Adonijah’s team.  Solomon finally got rid of him, something David should have done long ago.

Abithar the High Priest, also went to side with Adonijah.  He was from the family of Eli.  Remember Eli as the priest in the tent with young Samuel.  Well there was a prophecy back in 1 Samuel 2:31 declaring that this priestly line would end forever.  In Kings 1:26-27 this prophecy was fulfilled. (hint: ALL prophecy is fulfilled :)   )

Shimei.  There are 2 different Shimei in this chapter.  A good man, and the one bad one. We remember the bad one right.  The man that cursed at David, and David gave him grace on the matter.  Well, it was his time to go too.

Solomon built  his staff with loyal men like Zadok and Benaiah, and the chapter ends “The Kingdom was firmly established in Solomon’s hands”.

Dont forget to read the 3 Psalms that are assigned. 

 

Psalm 111-118

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These psalms are grouped together as the Hallel psalms.   Hallel means praise.  Hallelujah, meaning Praise God.  These psalms were traditionally sung on Passover, so as you read them picture the very night of the last supper Jesus Himself praising the Lord with these words. What an honor it is to have a Bible to read these, isnt it)  I won’t write about all the psalms, I am sure you are bored with me.   Here are the ones that hit me (today).

Psalm 111: Wow, what a great psalm.  I truly felt like you have to know your Savior to understand this Psalm.  The last verse actually really caught me.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
       all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
       To him belongs eternal praise.

I know we have talked about it in the past but I think it deserves a second mention. 

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
       and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10)

To fear is to revere, to respect,  to trust and surrender to the Lord.  Wisdom is the ability to use knowledge pleasing to the Lord.

Also the verse before that, He provided Redemption for his people…Redemption  means to make a payment for something.  To pay for something.  Jesus was our Redeemer because He paid the price for our sins.  He took all that from us so that we can have an eternity in the Lord.  Isn’t that worth singing a Psalm about.

Psalm 116  The whole Psalm spoke to me because I am noting in the Bible that we need to call  him to Save us.  He waits for us to call on Him.  Why do we wait so long?  The other verse in this Psalm is “I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people”.  Some of us are Very comfortable with our Christianity in front of others.  However, due to cultural and geographical differences, some of us are not as bold with it.  In the South,  it is “hip” to be Christian, in other parts of the country it is “freakish” to be so bold about Jesus. Trust me I know, my own family talks behind my back.   We all have our Tests of Faith.  That is one of them.

Psalm 117.  Just wanted you to know that this was the shortest chapter in the entire Bible.  Also look up the cross reference noted in your margin: in Romans Paul quotes it but changes the name from nation to Gentiles. NICE!!!

Psalm 118:I don’t know why I do this but whenever I read a Psalm I look to see how long it is.  I don’t know why, I just do.  In my head I dread the long ones but I have actually found the long ones are the ones that I read and love!  I KNOW there are verses in this Psalm you underlined.   It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man! (verse 8).

The stone the builders rejected
       has become the capstone

This was quoted in 3 of the 4 Gospels.  A capstone is the center brick at the top of an Arch.  Without it there is no support and it all comes crashing down.

    This is the day the LORD has made;
       let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118:24

1 Chron 26-29, Psalm 127

On a scale of 1-10 I rank todays read a 12. I found it glorifying, sad, historical, entertaining, and God centered.   Click here for the reading.  Read it carefully…there is a lot of Detail. I know the day is half over I am sorry for my tardiness…I got wrapped up in some projects today. 

OK, here is the deal, some of the chapters we may never read again in our lifetime.  We may never study them or feel led to read them again.  Just in case that is true,  I tried to really concentrate on these.  I  also try to make notes in my Bible knowing I will forget!  This is what I think of…I want my kids to be able to pick up my Bible and learn from my notes after I am no longer here.  Here were some of my notes from Chapter 26 and 27:

  • 26:1 Korahites…Moses Family
  • 25:4-5 Obed-Edom.  Sound familiar? Go back to 2Sam 6.  When Uzzah dies fixing the stumbling Ark and David didn’t know what to do so he parked the Ark at someone’s house for 3 months.  Guess who’s house…Obed-Edom…that is why he was blessed.
  • 26:18: Korah and Merari
  • 26:32 Did any one else read this and say “Hey…the Transjordan tribe!”
  • Army Divisions: The names were not that familiar but the cross reference was redundant, so I looked it up.  Some of them are the Mighty Men we read about in Chap 23
  • 27:15 Was that Othniel the Judge?
  • 27:23…When David took the census out of Pride….
  • 27:33…I am sure you recognized the names from the time of Absalom, but Chronicles is about the heritage of God’s Chosen People, not about all that “lesson”, so it left all that Joab stuff out.
  • 26:10-11 cross reference Duet 21:15

The rest of this book really grabbed my heart.  This is the “take away” for me.  Every fiber of David’s being is to Worship the Lord.  With his heart, soul, and mind.  He states that everything that has been given to him is from the Lord.  Everything.  He is a leader by example (now there is a modern day question).  He is so obedient! All those Psalms are just falling into place for me.  He never once gave up on the Lord.  His enemies were out to kill him, some of them were his closest friends and he took refuge knowing in the end, the big picture God always prevails.  Well look at him here.  The Lord gives him the exact plans for the temple, just as Moses was for the tabernacle (Exodus 25).

So God chose Solomon.  This inexperienced man to be the next king and the builder of the Temple.  David gives Solomon Godly advice (28:9..) and we are all the audience on that.

  • Get to know God personally
  • Learn what God asks of us
  • Worship God wholeheartedly
  • Serve God willingly and honestly
  • Be faithful
  • Don’t become discouraged

David’s Prayer.  No words can describe this prayer and the paragraph to follow it.

Psalm 127: A Psalm written by Solomon.  I actually didn’t know that Solomon wrote a Psalm. And I loved it.  Imagine Life without God? Seriously.  I used to think it was scary to give God control of my life. I admit it, I did.  Now I think, imagine if God wasn’t? I didn’t realize the Peace I had, the comfort He gave me until I though about Him not there.