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#Psalmtweets weeks 12 and 13

During this time the character limit on Twitter was doubled from 120 to 240 characters. My daily tweets about a psalm have increased in length a little and it is no longer necessary to use contractions with ampersands and missing spaces. Perhaps it has made me lazy!

There are 3 pictures from Images of Grace by Jacqui Grace, which I have coloured.

Ps. 78: Asaph reminds the people of God’s dealings with their ancestors who rebelled. Also how he chose David from the tribe of Judah.

Ps. 79: Asaph prays that God will show his power against those who have destroyed the temple and city so that his people will praise God.

Ps.80: Asaph likens his nation to a cultivated vine. He asks God to hear, restore and to make His face shine upon them and save them.

Ps. 81: Asaph begins with a call to praise. A warning from God about not having other gods and a promise if they listen to God and follow him.

Ps. 82: Asaph speaks of God’s judging of unjust rulers, of underdogs who need help and protection. He asks God to judge the earth and all the nations.

Ps. 83: Asaph asks God to act against the nations conspiring against God. Blow them away like chaff or thistledown. Let them know that you are Lord.

Ps. 84: The sons of Korah sing about God’s dwelling place. Those who live with God, who trust in God and whose strength is in God are blessed.

Psalm 84

Psalm 84

 

Ps. 85: The sons of Korah pray to God about their land and people. They move from complaint, to listening to God and end with hope. A way to pray!

 

Ps. 86: David recognises his need of the forgiving God. He praises him, requests an undivided heart. (Book title by @LucyMillsBooks) He desires to go on learning God’s way to live and that his enemies should notice God’s goodness. #psalmtweets @JustCardsDirect

 

Psalm 86

Psalm 86

Ps. 87:The sons of Korah sing about Zion, the city of God, about other nations – those which acknowledge God are adopted as if they were born in Zion.

Ps. 88: This Psalm begins with a statement of faith, but goes on to list Heman the Ezrahite’s troubles and feelings of abandonment.

 

Ps. 89: Ethan the Ezrahite ends Book 3 with praise to God for who He is and what He does, His covenant with David. (Who is the rejected anointed one? Saul?) ends with praise

 

Psalm 92

Psalm 92

Ps. 90: Moses prays about God’s faithfulness, human mortality and sinfulness. He asks for wisdom to live well and to have God’s blessing on ‘the work of our hands’.

 

Ps. 91: A psalm of promises. God’s protection, faithfulness, guardian angels,deliverance, long life and salvation

 

Ps. 92: Praise and music proclaim God’s love and faithfulness. God’s enemies will perish, but the righteous continue to bear fruit in old age.

 

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What I read in November 2017

This title is a little misleading as I read one of the books at the end of October!

fiona-veitch-smith-the-death-beat

The Death Beat by Fiona Veitch Smith is the third Poppy Denby Investigates novel. This one is at least as good if not better than the earlier two books in the series. The historical and geographical settings seem authentic and well-researched. There is suspense and unexpected twists in the plot. The whole story with its sub-plots hangs together well. Poppy has grown in experience and confidence through the series. It is a page-turner.

A Vision of Locusts by S.L. Russell is a book aimed at the young adult market – a genre I enjoy but am sadly too old for! I read it from cover to cover in a day. It is a page-turner with authentic historical and geographical settings. This book affected my emotions. I really enjoyed it.

I have also been reading the books mentioned in a previous post and the French version of The Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling. To save having to use the dictionary too much, I have an English copy to hand. I am fascinated by the way some of the names of people and places have been altered (or not).

 

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#Psalmtweets weeks 10 and 11

This post continues my series collecting together my Tweets for the #Psalmtweets project. I have been attempting to summarise each psalm or to pick out a theme. All the tweets in this section are from the 120 character limit on Twitter. I have often had to condense my Tweets by using shorter words or joining two words together with an ampersand. As I schedule these tweets in advance, I probably didn’t begin to use longer tweets as soon as the character limit was doubled.

The Psalms are divided into five books. This post covers the end of Book II and the start of Book III.

Ps.64: Again David fears an enemy, but cunning plots – useless against God All will proclaim G’s awesome works Trust&praise God

Ps. 65: Praise for God’s forgiveness, just deeds, creation, care, bounty in nature – call for songs of joy from people&creation

Ps. 66: a psalm of infectious praise and thanksgiving. Come and see what God has done! He rules forever. Do not rebel!

Ps. 67: Compilation of verses of Moses’ prayer, other psalms, Ezekiel (which came 1st?) describing a world in harmony with God. #Psalmtweets

Ps. 68: A Psalm about God’s power A prophetic verse about Jesus Christ ascending on high leading captives (quoted by St Paul)

[Ephesians 4:8]

Ps. 69: In desperate times David hangs on to God’s power to save. Another prophecy about gall and vinegar.

Ps. 70: David recognises his need of God’s help and deliverance. May all who seek God rejoice in salvation and exalt God.

Ps.71: A usual theme (good vs. evil) ending with joy and praise from a redeemed psalmist & proclamation of God’s righteous acts #Psalmtweets

Ps.72: Solomon prays/prophesies about himself ending with a hymn of praise to God. End of Book II

Ps. 73. Asaph envies unscrupulous folk until he sees them with God’s eyes. He will trust God and tell of His deeds

Ps.74:Asaph describes an enemy attack on places of worship, reminds God of His power in creation & asks God to act for own sake #Psalmtweets

Ps.75: Asaph gives thanks to God the judge. Asaph vows to praise God & work with Him against wicked people

Ps. 76: Asaph sings about God’s victorious power and invites his nation and its neighbours to worship God with gifts

Ps. 77: Asaph’s night-time worries are banished when he remembers God’s power in creation and guidance of his people

Of all these Psalms, the final one seems to resonate most. God’s people should focus on God and what he has done rather than on their own problems and worries.