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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.

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#Psalmtweets weeks 8 and 9

In the #Psalmtweets project the participants are now over 1/3 of the way through the Book of Psalms.

Ps. 50:Asaph speaks for God who owns all the earth.Thanks offerings are better than animal sacrifices&prepare way of salvation. #Psalmtweets

The next psalm is associated with the story of Nathan the prophet and his story of the “ewe lamb”. It is a contrast from many other psalms in this section, which relate to David’s enemies, his opinions of them and of God’s power to oppose them and to protect David and the righteous people, who will sing God’s praises.

Ps. 51: King David confesses his guilt & pleads for restoration of his relationship with God and prays for Jerusalem

Ps. 52: David addresses an enemy and predicts his downfall. He expresses his own trust in God, whom he praises

Ps. 53: David states non-believers are enemies, who live in fear. God will restore His (faithful) people, who will rejoice.

Ps. 54: David begins by asking God to save him from his enemies. He ends by praising God for deliverance.

Ps. 55: David takes his fear of his enemies to God. He looks for a way of escape, but ends by praising God for deliverance.

Ps. 56: Trust in God conquers fear of mortal enemies. David’s lament gives way to praise.

Ps. 57: David praises God for deliverance from King Saul, whose life David spared in the cave.

Ps.58: David describes the wicked and asks God to take vengeance on them, so that all will see that God judges and rewards.

Ps. 59: Another psalm beginning with the threat of enemies and ending in praise to the loving and strong God, David’s fortress.

Ps. 60: A psalm about war and lands. God’s help is needed for victory. Man’s help is worthless.

Ps. 61: David seeks God, asks for his blessing and renews his vows to God with praise and thanksgiving

Ps. 62: David finds rest in God alone. He warns against dishonest gain. God is loving and strong. Trust and confide in Him!

Ps. 63: In the desert David knows God provides for his soul. His mouth will sing praises to God. Liars’ mouths will be silenced

I have not found any illustrations to post for this fortnight.

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#Psalmtweets weeks 6 and 7

This is the next post in my series about the Twitter project I am taking part in.

The Psalms constitute a book of the Bible or more specifically the Old Testament. The Book of Psalms itself is divided into books. This post includes tweets for the end of Book 1 and the beginning of Book 2. In my New International Version (NIV) all the Psalms in book 1 are attributed to David.

Ps. 36: David begins with the wicked, praises God’s love&nature, prays for the upright himself, predicts enemies’ downfall 1/2

Ps. 36: It is easy to be like the evildoers David describes, unaware of own wrongdoing. #Psalmtweets 2/2

Ps.37: A psalm full of advice. Do not fret Trust God Do good Take refuge in God the deliverer

Ps. 38: David describes feelings of guilt and separation from God and friends. He asks God to save him.

Ps. 39: David’s silence increased his anguish. How long would he live? Emptiness. He hopes in the God, who teaches and saves

Ps. 40: The God of miracles deserves obedience. Those he saves from sin should worship him.

Ps. 41: Those who look after people in need are blessed. David’s enemies slander him. God helps David. Praise Him!

Book 2

King David’s fame was foretold in the Bible. But who was Korah? Are his sons more important than him? They were singers.

Book 2 includes various attributions – the sons of Korah, Asaph, David and Solomon.

The sons of Korah were singers. My research leads me to suppose that the Korah they were descended from (not necessarily their father) was the one who rebelled against Moses. Numbers 16. He died, but his children were spared. Asaph was a leader of David’s choir. 1 Chronicles 6:39

Ps. 42: The sons of Korah look to nature for images of their relationship with God he lifts the spirits of those hoping in him

Ps. 43: The psalmist speaks to God and to his own soul.Hoping in God leads to praise for salvation.

Ps. 44: When times are hard, like the psalmist we can look back on what God has done and ask him to act

Ps. 45: The king is praised, a prayer to God with his everlasting throne, advice to the bride of the king both promised renown

Ps. 46: a well-known psalm of faith in God who can bring disaster and peace. He is with us in our troubles.

Psalm 46 from Images of Grace

Psalm 46 from Images of Grace

Ps. 47: God is king of all the nations – not just of the people of Israel. He is greater than that and to be highly praised.

Ps. 48: In praise of the city of God, where He is present and will guide his people for ever.

Ps. 49: Advice to everyone against trusting in wealth. All die, but the psalmist trusts God to redeem him and keep him close.