Psalm 121, 123, 124, 125, 128, 129, 130

Psalm 121 is one of the Songs of Ascent.  (Actually, 120-134 are all of them) If you would like to read all of them Click here.) When people would walk uphill to Jerusalem on a pilgrim for one of the festivals, they would often sing these Psalms.

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Psalm 123

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Psalm 124

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Psalm 125

The word Zion is written 150 times in the Bible.  The word has several references.  It is referred to the CIty of David, Jerusalem, a mountain that cannot be moved (metaphorically)

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Psalm 128-This is also called the Wedding Psalm since it was read at weddings in Israel.

  • Here is some transparency for you- so you know when you go to a wedding, they do a “reading”.  Well, when I got married,  I was so OFFENDED by the Bible, I refused to have a Scripture read!   BUT if I was married today I would have this one read 🙌

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Psalm 129-

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Psalm 130- My FAVORITE of the day- Verse 3-He does not keep record!-Thank heavens! ❤️

1 Samuel 28-31 and Psalm 18

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We FINISH another Book today!

Chapter 28

Saul and the Witch by Ruth Thompson

God restricted any type of divination, sorcery, or witchcraft (anyone who consults with the dead) in Deuteronomy 18:9-14, however, Saul in desperation visits one.  Even though it was forbidden, God used it to speak to him.  In 1 Samuel 28 the message to Saul through Samuel  is:

16 Samuel said, “Why do you consult me, now that the Lord has departed from you and become your enemy? 17 The Lord has done what he predicted through me. The Lord has torn the kingdom out of your hands and given it to one of your neighbors—to David. 18 Because you did not obey the Lord or carry out his fierce wrath against the Amalekites, the Lord has done this to you today. 19 The Lord will deliver both Israel and you into the hands of the Philistines, and tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. (YIKES, I added that 😂)) The Lord will also give the army of Israel into the hands of the Philistines.”

We knew the kingdom was torn from his hands when Saul grabbed his robe as a visual of what was happening back in chapter 15:

27 As Samuel turned to leave, Saul caught hold of the hem of his robe, and it tore.  Samuel said to him, “The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to one of your neighbors—to one better than you.  He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a human being, that he should change his mind.”


28-31.  I am always amazed when I look BACK and see how God worked out circumstances.  This is one of those stories.  God knew Chapter 31, so he orchestrated David to be back in Ziklag to save his family in 30 and 29!

God is the Chess Master!  (He would win in the show the Queen’s Gambit!)

David was called up to fight against Saul finally.  BUT should David have this blood on his hands?  NO!  Achish puts him at the back of the army (a sign of respect for his life).  Had David fought in this battle, it would have a negative effect when he becomes king.  So God orchestrates a situation to get him out of it.  However, when he returns to Ziklag and finds all the women and children stolen from the  Amalekites, he gets blamed for that too by his OWN people!  Can David go one day without someone wanting to kill him!

In the end,  David not only brought every person to safety but he also acted wise and fair insisting that all the provisions get distributed evenly and the extra goes to the elders.


Psalm 18:  AMAZING!  How do you pick just one verse?  Click here to read it again!

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Psalm 17, 35, 54, and 63


Psalm 17:

David has had opportunity after opportunity to kill Saul.  Verse 9 says

Keep me as the apple of your eye;
    hide me in the shadow of your wings
from the wicked who are out to destroy me,
    from my mortal enemies who surround me.

But David knows: verse  (go back to verse 3)

Though you probe my heart,
    though you examine me at night and test me,
you will find that I have planned no evil;
    my mouth has not transgressed.


Psalm 35:

IN ALL circumstances…ALL David says:

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Psalm 54:

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Psalm 63:

The first 8 verses are worth reading out loud!

 

Psalm 7, 27, 31, 34, 52

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I posted 2 handouts last night if you need them.

Psalm 52 Commentary

Psalm 7 is titled: shiggaion of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush, a Benjamite.

  • A shiggaion is a word also used in Habbakuk 3:1.  It might mean “erratic wandering” “a feeling of: ‘wild’, ” “a poem written under intense feeling”- after yesterday’s reading, this puts the Psalm into perspective as David is being pursued by thousands- Maybe he is referring to Doeg-the priest killer, who is with Saul and the Benjaminites on this quest.

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Psalm 27: In a time of fear and loneliness, David writes:

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Psalm 31– I am sure you saw the theme that God is David’s (our)- Refuge, Rock, Fortress BUT in the middle of the Psalm David does admit the negative impact his enemies have had on him.  He is worn down, leaving him lonely and broken.  BUT he concluded with encouragement and returns to the confidence in God that again he is our Refuge. Ending with a message for the reader:

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Psalm 34-Even though we don’t know where David was in his journey when this was written, I can’t help but think he may have been saddened by the account of the priests dying from his lie.  He is brokenhearted and crushed in spirit (v. 18) and warns:

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(it’s always cool to see Scriptures that roll off our tongue used in context like 34:8)

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Psalm 52-Obviously angry, David expresses his thoughts on the evil that has occurred before he fled.  Innocent men, who helped him were put to death BUT he has full confidence in the Lord that he will defeat those who are a disgrace to God’s eyes.

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Psalms

As we begin integrating the Psalms I thought it might help to have a chart to look at.  Here are two possible handouts you may want to tuck into your Bible for a while.  It is difficult to put them chronologically, but to know what the author was facing at times will give us an interesting perspective. ❤️

TYPES OF PSALMS

  • Messianic Pointing to the coming savior
  • Imprecatory Calling on God to curse, judge, or destroy the enemies
  • Lament Calling on God for help and deliverance by individuals who are in distress
  • Thanksgiving Giving credit to God for His work on their behalf
  • Songs of Ascent Composed to be sung during the three pilgrimage celebrations observed in the Temple: Passover, Pentecost, Tabernacles (Psalms 120-134)
  • Royal Psalm Composed to highlight a specific event in the life of a king: Wedding, Battle, Inauguration
  • Acrostic Each verse, or a group of verses, begins with a specific letter that follows in sequence

I have 2 handouts that I think you would like.  Before reading a Psalm you can look at the chart to see the genre. (if you like this and don’t have a colored printer, text me and I can put one in the mail to you.  615-418-9377)

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Another option is this one:

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1 Samuel 18-20; Psalm 11, Psalm 59

So the straw that broke the camel’s back for Saul was the song:

“Saul has slain his thousands,
and David his tens of thousands.”

When Saul hears the song he is infuriated and his jealousy takes over.


Here was my “AHA” moment from the reading.  Remember how all throughout Genesis we would see the Patriarchs make a mistake and then see their son follow in his footsteps or repeat the pattern.  I never saw before the: “Saul sending David to battle as a means to get rid of him….and David follows in his footsteps later!!”


Marriage: To post a picture or not post a picture…that is the question.  Ha!   It was a common practice in the Middle East to collect foreskins just like Native Americans would collect scalps.  David collects 200 when he was only required to collect 100.  You have to imagine Saul’s frustration that this guy just won’t die!!


Michal “wife of the year”.  (She did remind me a lot of Rachel…right down to keeping an idol in her house).

Chapter 20:This chapter reveals that both Saul and Jonathan realized that David was the Lord’s anointed who would one day replace Saul. However, their responses to this inevitable situation were the opposite because their desires were the opposite. Saul wanted to see his own plans fulfilled, but Jonathan wanted to see God’s will be done. Jonathan ended up choosing David, his natural rival, in preference over Saul, his natural father.


This marks the beginning of a “man on the run”.  If you think about any great song on the radio, it is usually written out of a personal experience during hardship or trial. Now is when David will write some of his best worship.  The Psalms.


Psalm 11: As David flees for 14 years he writes Psalm 11 knowing God is in control.

Psalm 59: As I read these I picture David.  A man who can kill thousands of Philistines.  A man you can kill Goliath.  Yet, a man who asks for God to help him during these times.  He KNOWS that everything he accomplishes is not from him, but from God.

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Deuteronomy 32-34 and Psalm 91

Deut 32-Song of Moses

So Moses was a poet and I didn’t even know it 😁  Why a song?  Think about how easily we memorize songs, but more importantly how long we remember them.   Example: If I said,  🎶 “Stop, collaborate and listen…” 🎶,  get my point, that was from 1990!!

For anyone homeschooling, have your child find the metaphors and similies.  Moses recites this song and the Israelites memorize it.  This song is a summary of prophecies. We even see parts of this song recited in Revelation 19.

The song changes direction in verse 15. “Jeshurun” (also used in Isaiah 44) means “The upright or straight one”.

Please read the chapter but here is an abbreviated version I liked on youtube.


One scripture that stood out to me because it is quoted twice in the New Testament was:

35 It is mine to avenge; I will repay.
    In due time their foot will slip;
their day of disaster is near
    and their doom rushes upon them.”
Romans 12:18-Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
Hebrews 10:30-For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”

And then finally starting at Verse 48, Moses is given his place to take his final rest.  Mt. Nebo.

 

 

Look at the below map.  Mt. Nebo is 10 miles away from the Promised Land and 2700 feet high.  He stood on the mountain beside where the Jordan River pours into the Dead Sea just a little south of Jericho.  Moses climbs to the highest peak (impressive at his age) and looked at the land.

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If you jumped in late or skipped a reading let me know and I will explain why Moses will not enter.


Chapter 33:: This is the blessing that Moses the man of God pronounced on the Israelites before his death

If you flip back to Genesis 49 you will recall I talked about land distribution. (If this part bores you…feel free to skip to the bottom 😉

Reuben (v. 6) was the firstborn, but he did not enjoy greatness among the tribes because of his sin (Sleeping with his dad’s concubine: Bilhah) . He lost his father’s birthright and blessing. Furthermore, no great civil or military leader or prophet ever came from this tribe.  Reuben becomes one of the “Transjordan Tribes” we walked about.


Judah (v. 7) received the position of leader among the tribes when his older brothers (the first three!!) became ineligible. Judah is the son that carries the Covenant.  The Blessing.  The Line that will birth the Davidic Monarchy and the Messiah!


Levi (vv. 8-11) received a blessing for choosing God over family at the Golden Calf debacle in Exodus 32.  They are carved out to be the Priesthood. (Thummin and Urim are the “stones” that God uses to make decisions through the priests, cast lots….like rolling dice that God controls)


Benjamin (v. 12) was to enjoy God’s protection continually since God would carry this tribe on His back “between His
shoulders.” As the warrior tribe, Benjamin would enjoy God’s protection.  The first king will come from this tribe.


Joseph (vv. 13-17) represented “Ephraim” and “Manasseh.” The “firstborn of his ox” probably refers to Joseph as the most powerful of the powerful.  He was the firstborn son of Jacob, God’s servant, by Rachel. “Ephraim” was the stronger of Joseph’s sons, who were both as strong as “the horns of oxen” during the tribes’ conflict with Israel’s enemies.


Zebulun and Issachar (vv. 18-19) would become channels of blessing to the other nations by means of their commercial wealth (The modern state of Israel, whose major port is Haifa, located in the area of ancient Zebulun.
These two tribes would experience God’s blessing as they brought riches into Israel.


Gad (vv. 20-21) inherited land east of the Jordan River that was suitable for development. Gad was a tribe that was very aggressive in conquering and subduing the land (“as a lion”),


Dan (v. 22) settled in an area inhabited by “lions” (Judg. 14:5), and migrated to northern Israel to an area that abounded in lions (Judg. 18). The people of this tribe were also similar to lions, like the Gadites, in their aggressiveness and strength.


Naphtali (v. 23) would enjoy the benefits of a seacoast (“the sea and the south”). The towns along the northern and western shores of this sea, including Capernaum and Bethsaida, lay within the territory of Naphtali.


Asher (v. 24) would benefit from the respect of his fellow Israelites (favored by his brothers) and prosperity (oil). His territory on the Mediterranean coast would require fortifications, but God would protect him.


Moses did not mention the “Simeonites” in this blessing. Jacob had prophesied that God would scatter the Simeonites in Israel (Gen. 49:7). Simeon received no tribal allotment of land, but only a few cities in Judah, when Joshua divided the Promised Land. The Simeonites became absorbed into the other tribes, especially Judah.


Chapter 34. Some maps to go with the reading 😢

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Psalm 91 Click here if you have not read yet.

This is a Psalm of encouragement.   God does not promise that we will not see danger, sickness, and terror but he will cover us.   This is the psalm that the Devil quotes when Jesus is in the wilderness being tempted for 40 days.  If the enemy knows scripture, how much more should we?

Matthew 4 

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
    and they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”

Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

Jesus responding with scripture! (Duet. 6:16)


Moses dies at the age of 120.  To this day no one knows where his grave is. Why?  Because we are no different than the Israelites.  We would make a shrine of his grave and bones,  and they would be another idol for us to worship.

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Numbers 14-15, and Psalm 90

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Recap: After being told by the Lord, “I will give you the land…” the men still made their own conclusion.  Wait, let me get this straight.  This generation saw the Lord battle 10 Egyptian gods, part the Red Sea, provide manna, speak to Moses, provide water…..and they think He cannot handle a promise He has been making for 500 years?

Chapter 14: The voices of 10 men influenced the opinions of the ones listening.  Yesterday in the comments “lookoutlookinblog” wrote a great comment about the mixed multitude.   Complaining and negatively affect those listening, and could change their actions.  When the Lord looks down on you,  who are you:

  • The 10 men believing in a God, but not trusting Him.
  • The group listening and agreeing without first-hand knowledge?
  • Caleb or Joshua?

They all have the same facts: it’s the perception that matters.

God is going to strike all of them with a plague and start over, but Moses loves the Lord so much and says

 15 If you put all these people to death, leaving none alive, the nations who have heard this report about you will say, 16 The Lord was not able to bring these people into the land he promised them on oath, so he slaughtered them in the wilderness.’

God agrees to not kill the people outright and harm His reputation but will keep them in the wilderness until they all die and can be replaced by their children.  He refuses to reward rebellion and lack of trust.  If He did, it would send a wrong message to the world about his character and holiness.


Last month I said I look for something new I have never read before and when I do it hits me hard…it is 14:20!  I think I get so wrapped up in the story that only Caleb and Joshua from this generation will enter the Promised Land,  I glazed over something so important

“I have forgiven them…Nevertheless….”

This is not a story about salvation, that occurred at the Passover.  This is a story that when we walk in Faith we live an abundant life.


Chapter 15: So we continue reading and you see that we are back to sacrifices. The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘After you enter the land I am giving you as a home and you present to the Lord food offerings from the herd or the flock, as an aroma pleasing to the Lord

The next generation (40 years later-for the 40 days they scoped out the land) will enter the land.  Had they rebelled?  Do they need to make a sin offering?  NO.  They are instructed to make the VOLUNTARY offerings only. 😁. When they enter the land the sacrifices will

  • show their devotion to God
  • acknowledge that the land belongs to the Lord
  • Peace and fellowship with God

15 The community is to have the same rules for you and for the foreigner residing among you; this is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. You and the foreigner shall be the same before the Lord: 16 The same laws and regulations will apply both to you and to the foreigner residing among you.’”

I love this!  No one is excluded from the Lord, EVEN in the Old Testament.  In the New Testament, it is restated in Romans 10:11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”


As they enter the land and they are teaching and reading the Law (just like us sitting here reading our Bibles) they will see that they have unintentionally sinned.  (just like when I am reading my Bible).  Sin MUST be dealt with.  So NOW it is time to offer the required sacrifices.

22 “‘Now if you as a community unintentionally fail to keep any of these commands the Lord gave Moses—

Who is the foreshadow of the High Priest? I will give you a clue:  starts with “J” ends in “s” 😉25 The priest is to make atonement for the whole Israelite community, and they will be forgiven, for it was not intentional and they have presented to the Lord for their wrong a food offering and a sin offering. 


15:30 “‘But anyone who sins defiantly…”(How does God view that?) This might want to make you me pause for a moment.”I know I shouldn’t say this but…I know I should do this but…I know it is wrong, but…”

God lets us know immediately how He feels about INTENTIONAL sin with an example:

The Sabbath Breaker is the example in this chapter.

The Brick Testament

 

Tassels.  I love that we are told to have visual reminders to remember God’s commandments and promises.    For those of you who don’t know me, I live in the South, the “land flowing with scriptures painted on wood”.

  • A reminder or just decorative?

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Here is an OT example and a current-day example of Tassles (we will discuss the boxes on their heads in Deuteronomy)


Psalm 90- Click here 

When you hear Psalms…we think of David?  Well, Moses wrote Psalms 90-106.  No, I am not kidding.  🤓

I wanted to quote a section of it…but I want it to fall fresh on your eyes since it is our first Psalm.  Feel free to comment…I bet we liked the same part. ❤️