|Posted by Michele on December 28, 2012 at 9:05 PM||comments (0)|
O God, thou hast cast us off, thou hast scattered us, thou hast been displeased; O turn thyself to us again.2 Thou hast made the earth to tremble; thou hast broken it: heal the breaches thereof; for it shaketh.3 Thou hast shewed thy people hard things: thou hast made us to drink the wine of astonishment.4 Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.5 That thy beloved may be delivered; save with thy right hand, and hear me.6 God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.7 Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of mine head; Judah is my lawgiver;8 Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe: Philistia, triumph thou because of me.9 Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom?10 Wilt not thou, O God, which hadst cast us off? and thou, O God, which didst not go out with our armies?11 Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.12 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.
We are not a perfect people and so often we are taken for granted. When we are going through a trial, do we seek out God asking for forgiveness first? Begging God for help, not knowing what grade we have with God? One thing is for sure eventually God will deliever us out of our problems. Tonight, let's discuss what punishment is for and why.
|Posted by Michele on December 28, 2012 at 9:00 PM||comments (0)|
Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me.2 Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men.3 For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O Lord.4 They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold.5 Thou therefore, O Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah.6 They return at evening: they make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.7 Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear?8 But thou, O Lord, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision.9 Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence.10 The God of my mercy shall prevent me: God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies.11 Slay them not, lest my people forget: scatter them by thy power; and bring them down, O Lord our shield.12 For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak.13 Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth. Selah.14 And at evening let them return; and let them make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.15 Let them wander up and down for meat, and grudge if they be not satisfied.16 But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.17 Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.
when it said who hears, it is talking about athetists. They believe there is no God. Christians have a rep fo being judgmental, but athetist judge us just as hard. This psalm at the end, tells us to sing and shout. By shouting we believe in God without shame is the only way to have a defense against others who mocked our faith. If we are silent, they win. Because that is what they want for us to shut up so we wont' "offend" anyone. Yet, we the Christians faith are the ones are are offened. So during you daily break stand your ground and declare your faith. Shout for God.
|Posted by Michele on December 28, 2012 at 8:55 PM||comments (0)|
Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?2 Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.3 The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.4 Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear;5 Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.6 Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O Lord.7 Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces.8 As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun.9 Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath.10 The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.11 So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.
This psalm has alot of anger. Do you ever feel angry at someone you know who has done big sins? Psalms are based on emotions, because they are poems. This psalm declares punishment by God. Sometimes to help ourselves, when we give people advice, it helps us grow too. This morning, take a few minutes to give to other readers, about showing love instead of judgment. Maybe if we have a odd against someone in real life it will help us, or whether we need it or someone else does.