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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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#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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A group of books as background to a film

I am not a great fan of films; however I have watched some very good ones (and avoided a lot of poorer ones!). Recently the Ladies’ Bible study group followed a course, which involved a DVD – The Theory of Everything. The book which accompanied the course is called The Mystery of Everything. It is described as a Lent course, but we followed it in the autumn instead of the spring. The author is Hilary Brand.

The film describes the life and work of the well-known theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking, who suffers from motor-neurone disease and speaks using a computer. The Theory of Everything is based on a book written by Jane Hawking, which I have yet to read. (Background reading is not essential for the course, but I am a bookworm and the whole subject has caught my imagination.)

Since beginning the course I have read two of Stephen Hawking’s books – A Brief History of Time and The Universe in a Nutshell. I am impressed by the clarity of Hawking’s language in trying to express the mathematical ideas of leading edge theoretical physics to non-scientists. The second book is full of explanatory diagrams and not a little humour. While I have been reading these books, other people caused a website to crash by all trying to access his PhD thesis simultaneously. It had just been published on-line.

The Lent course consists of material for 5 sessions. An initial session is needed to watch the film. There is scope for discussion of the differences between science and religion, of morals, of the question of suffering. There are also Bible passages to read as a Christian discipline – although they would be suitable for non-believers wishing to learn more about Christianity. Each session ends with a set ‘meditation’ with Bible readings and prayer. Is it possible to know the mind of God or to develop a scientific theory which explains everything? This is a question, which the course allows people to debate, preferably in a fairly small group. Of course it is possible to study it alone, but other people have ideas, which are worth hearing.

I am looking forward to reading Jane Hawking’s book in order to learn more about the real-life background to the film.