Monday, September 30, 2013

Psalm 7: My Shield Is With God

Psalm 7: My Shield Is With God

A Shiggaion of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning the words of Cush, a Benjaminite.

O Lord my God, in you do I take refuge;
save me from all my pursuers and deliver me,
lest like a lion they tear my soul apart,
rending it in pieces, with none to deliver.

O Lord my God, if I have done this,
if there is wrong in my hands,
if I have repaid my friend with evil
or plundered my enemy without cause,
let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it,
and let him trample my life to the ground
and lay my glory in the dust.


Arise, O Lord, in your anger;
lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies;
awake for me; you have appointed a judgment.

Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered about you;
over it return on high.

The Lord judges the peoples;
judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness
and according to the integrity that is in me.

Oh, let the evil of the wicked come to an end,
and may you establish the righteous -
you who test the minds and hearts, O righteous God!

My shield is with God,
who saves the upright in heart.

God is a righteous judge,
and a God who feels indignation every day.

If a man does not repent,
God will whet his sword;
he has bent and readied his bow;
he has prepared for him his deadly weapons,
making his arrows fiery shafts.

Behold, the wicked man conceives evil
and is pregnant with mischief
and gives birth to lies.

He makes a pit,
digging it out,
and falls into the hole that he has made.

His mischief returns upon his own head,
and on his own skull his violence descends.

I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness,
and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.

Psalms 7:1-17 (ESV)

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Psalm 6: How Long?

Psalm 6: How Long?

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments; according to the Sheminith.

A Psalm of David.

O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger,
nor discipline me in your wrath.

Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing;
heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled.
My soul also is greatly troubled.

But you, O Lord - how long?

Turn, O Lord, deliver my life;
save me for the sake of your steadfast love.
For in death there is no remembrance of you;
in Sheol who will give you praise?

I am weary with my moaning;
every night I flood my bed with tears;
I drench my couch with my weeping.
My eye wastes away because of grief;
it grows weak because of all my foes.

Depart from me, all you workers of evil,
for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.
The Lord has heard my plea;
the Lord accepts my prayer.

All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled;
they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment.

Psalms 6:1-10 (ESV)

Digging Deeper

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Psalm 5: Give ear to my words, O Lord

Psalm 5: Give ear to my words, O Lord

To the choirmaster: for the flutes. A Psalm of David.

Give ear to my words, O Lord; consider my groaning.
Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray.

O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;
in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.

For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;
evil may not dwell with you.
The boastful shall not stand before your eyes;
you hate all evildoers.
You destroy those who speak lies;
the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.

But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house.
I will bow down toward your holy temple in the fear of you.

Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies;
make your way straight before me.

For there is no truth in their mouth;
their inmost self is destruction;
their throat is an open grave;
they flatter with their tongue.

Make them bear their guilt, O God; let them fall by their own counsels;
Because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out, for they have rebelled against you.

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them ever sing for joy,
and spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may exult in you.

For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield.

Psalms 5:1-12 (ESV)

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Monday, September 9, 2013

1 Timothy 3: Not A Recent Convert

1 Timothy 3: Not A Recent Convert

1 Timothy 3:6-7

"[An overseer] must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil."

1 Timothy 3:6-7 (ESV)

Plant Growth

"Recent convert" brings to mind the image of a newly sprouted plant.

RECENT CONVERT: neophytos "neh-OF-oo-tos" (newly planted, a young convert; "neophyte"); from neos ("new", youthful, fresh or regenerated) and phyo (to "puff" or blow; to swell up; to germinate, grow, sprout or produce)

PUFFED UP WITH CONCEIT: typhoomai "toof-O-o" (to envelop with smoke; to inflate with self-conceit); from typho (to make a smoke, to slowly consume without flame)

Condemnation of the Devil

CONDEMNATION OF THE DEVIL: krima diabolos "KREE-mah dee-AB-ol-os" ("crime", a decision against a traducer: Satan); from krino (to distinguish, decide, try, condemn or punish) and diaballo (to traduce); from dia (the channel of an act) and ballo (to throw)

DISGRACE: oneidismos "on-i-dis-MOS" (contumely); from oneidizo (to defame; to rail at, to chide or taunt); from oneidos (notoriety; a taunt or disgrace); related to onoma (a "name"; authority or character)

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Monday, September 2, 2013

Psalm 4: God Of My Righteousness

Psalm 4

God Of My Righteousness

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments.

A Psalm of David.

Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
You have given me relief when I was in distress.
Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!

O men, how long shall my honor be turned into shame?
How long will you love vain words and seek after lies?


But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself;
the Lord hears when I call to him.
Be angry, and do not sin;
ponder in your own hearts on your beds,
and be silent.


Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the Lord.
There are many who say, "Who will show us some good?"
Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord!"

You have put more joy in my heart than
they have when their grain and wine abound.
In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Psalms 4:1-8 (ESV)

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