Psalm

Psalms 1,2,15,22,23,24,47, and 68


Psalm 1: The translated word for “Blessed” here is “Happy” and “Wicked” can be translated as “Sinner”.  This Psalm stands apart from most Psalms as sort of an Epilogue to the book.  Only 3 Pslams are called “Torah” Psalms and this is one of them.  The Psalm is about our attitude toward the law.  How fitting after yesterday’s read about the Ark incident.   We spoke weeks ago about threshing the wheat: how they would throw the stalks in the air.  The useless chaff would blow away in the wind but the good part would remain.  We have 2 choices to make.  Blessed Happy Life or Wicked Sinner’s life?

Psalm 2: This is the most quoted Psalm in the New Testament=18 times!  As Psalm 1 deals with two ways that individuals may follow,
Psalm 2 deals with two ways that nations may follow. This is categorized as a “Royal Pslam” since the king “installed” refers to David however it is also a “Messianic” Psalm since it also refers to the Messiah as The King.


Psalm 15:  You have to picture the scene.  David lives in a castle and the Ark of the Covenant (a symbol of God) is out his window living in a tent.  As he gazes up in he says:

Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
    Who may live on your holy mountain?

The answer is:

  1. He speaks the truth
  2. He does not slander other people.
  3.   He does not do evil to his neighbor
  4. He does not gossip or use information that would discredit others
  5. He does not approve of those who turn away from the
    Lord
  6. He keeps his promises even when it costs him to do so.
  7. He does not charge interest on money he loans
  8. He does not pervert justice for his own advantage

Psalm 22-24  These three Psalms are read together as a “triptych of tablets” on which are written the story of the Christ in His work
as

  • Saviour
  • Shepherd
  • and Sovereign

(The Cross, The Crook, The Crown)

THE CROSS, THE CROOK, AND THE CROWN - Margaret Street Church of Christ

When you begin Psalm 22 (A Messianic Psalm)  I am sure many of you recognized it however if you didn’t: Jesus quoted this on the Cross.  A Psalm when you feel the Lord has abandoned you.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Read this Psalm and picture Jesus hanging on the Cross, taking on all that sin and pain, and this is the Psalm that he is whispering in his head.

Dogs surround me,
    a pack of villains encircles me;
    they pierce my hands and my feet.

 All my bones are on display;
    people stare and gloat over me.

 They divide my clothes among them
    and cast lots for my garment.

Then Jesus puts His trust in HIm, even though He feels deserted.  (I literally could cut and paste this whole Psalm into this)

Ending with It is finished:

They will proclaim his righteousness,
declaring to a people yet unborn:
He has done it!

 

Psalm 23- Familiar Psalm, especially if you have seen Pulp Fiction!  You have to read Psalm 22 to read Psalm 23, they purposely contrast each other.  P 22 maintains confidence in the Lord even though he feels abandoned and has been physically ripped apart.  P 23 is the opposite, it is about feeling his personal current protection as you walk through this world.  This is a PERSONAL Psalm.  Take note to the “me”, “my” “I”:

Psalm 23 – Reloaded | Psalms, Psalm 23 words, Psalm 23

 

Psalm 24: Finally, the Lord as King.  We don’t know when this was written by David but it would make sense that these words many have flowed as he moved the Ark towards Jerusalem ascending up the mountain.  I read this one several times and the repeat of “The King of Glory’ made me feel like David just couldn’t get the right words to describe our God as King.  There really are no words!


Psalm 47- This is an “Enthronement” Psalm.  If you have looked on your calendar you may have seen the words “Rosh Hashana”.  The Jews use this psalm on Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year’s Day, and some Christians use it as part of the celebration of Ascension Day.  What is Ascension Day?  40 Days after Easter to celebrate Jesus’ ascension into heaven 40 days later.  I LOVE that some of you are like “What??  He hung around for 40 days!  I didn’t know that!”

(May 21, 2020 if you are interested)


Psalm 68

It is a rainy day…give me something to read.  What was the verse that fell FRESH  on you this morning,  or your pen underlined, or maybe you read it twice?

 

I love you guys.  Have a wonderful day.  (Probably lots of typos today….It was a lot a reading)

3 thoughts on “Psalms 1,2,15,22,23,24,47, and 68

  1. The end of Psalm 68 “God, you are awe inspiring. The God of Israel gives power and strength to His people. Blessed be God”

    Love these verses. The first speaks to what we studied recently about reverencing the Lord and not taking His Presence for granted. I can be so guilty of this so I love the reminders!!

    Then I also love love that He gives us strength!!!! Because my strength is never enough but when I’m surrendered to Him and letting God be my strength, I always have all I need for that moment.

    Good stuff!!! Thanks Trish

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  2. “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.” Psalms 68:19. I read this verse several times. I like listening to the readings and today I kept hearing references to praising God over and over in these chapters.

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  3. There was a time when I thought my marriage was over. I was seeking God’s will for my life, knowing if there was a glimpse of hope of life that remained in my marriage, I would need God to show it to me. I came across a small post it note that my husband had wrote Psalms 23-the entire passage on it, ever so small. There it was, hope! I’m not saying that things have always been easy since then but whenever I read Psalms 23, I hear every word. I know that dark valley but I also know the green pastures. I’m truly thankful for David’s words to God here.

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