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#PsalmTweets Weeks 16 and 17

Here is the next post in the #PsalmTweets challenge. I discovered that I had forgotten to include a photo in my Tweet for Psalm 118. Perhaps I was too busy adding the hashtag #Advent! Anyhow it is included here.

Ps. 107: Thanks and praise to the Lord, whose steadfast love endures for ever. A reminder of his dealings with people for better or worse. #psalmtweets @JustCardsDirect

Psalm 107 from JustCardsDirect

Psalm 107 from JustCardsDirect

Ps. 108: David declares his faithfulness to God.He speaks of God’s dealings with the tribes of Israel. He feels that God has forsaken his armies, but will help them against their enemies.

Ps. 109: David ‘poor and needy’ prays against his enemies. He praises God his Saviour.

Ps. 110: David wrote this prophetic psalm, which New Testament writers quote with reference to Jesus Christ. #psalmtweets

Ps. 111: an acrostic psalm (in Hebrew) praising God for his deeds, his nature and his precepts. #psalmtweets

Ps. 112: Another acrostic psalm (in Hebrew) Praise precedes a list of blessings for individuals who are in awe of God and delight to obey his commands. Contrast with the futility if a wicked life

Ps. 113: A psalm of praise to the soveriegn God, who raises the poor and needy to sit with princes and gives children to the barren woman ( only sometimes from what I have seen)

Ps. 114: A psalm remembering God’s signs involving water during Israel’s journey from Egypt. The red Sea, the River Jordan and water from a rock. #PsalmTweets #GodWithUs

Ps. 115: Non nobis Domine. The glory is to God for his love and faithfulness. Comparison between ungodly actions and people who trust in the Lord. A list of reasons to praise God. #PsalmTweets #GodWithUs

Ps. 116: A psalm of love and thanks to God for healing and salvation. The response – a life of prayer, obedience, sacrifice and praise with all God’s people.

Ps. 117: Only 2 verses exhorting all the nations to praise the Lord, because of his great love and faithfulness. Hallelu Yah!

Psalm 118 from Images of Grace

Psalm 118 from Images of Grace

Ps. 118: His love endures forever. Imagery: Gates of righteousness, capstone/cornerstone. Phrases: the day the Lord has made, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Rejoice! #PsalmTweets #Advent

Ps. 119: A psalm with an 8 verse section for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The theme is living according to God’s commandments.

Ps. 120: The psalmist is upset about the deceitfulness and warlike nature of the people around him. He calls to God for salvation and predicts punishment.

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#Psalmtweets weeks 14 and 15

Apologies for two similar consecutive posts. If you are looking for something lighter, please pop over to Sue’s Words and Pictures.

Continuing the series on #Psalmtweets we reached a section of the book of psalms including much praise and thanksgiving.

Ps. 93: A psalm praising God for his majesty, strength, power in creation and might. God and his statutes are firm, holy and everlasting.

Ps. 94: A psalm about God’s vengeance, comparing evildoers with those, who are taught by God. An expression of faith in God, who consoles and gives joy to the anxious.

Ps. 95: The Venite – traditionally sung at morning prayer – a hymn of praise to God – and a warning, used less in church. #PsalmTweets

Ps. 96: A wonderful song of praise to God. Tell everyone about his sovereignty and judgment. He will judge in righteousness and truth.

Ps. 97: A psalm of faith and praise with advice – those who love the Lord must hate evil, rejoice and praise God’s holy name.

Ps. 98: Sing, shout, make music, resound, clap for joy. There is nothing timid about this psalm of praise to the Lord of salvation and judgment.

Ps. 99: A reminder of God’s sovereignty and past dealings with individuals. He spoke to Moses, Aaron and Samuel and they obeyed him. A call to worship the holy and forgiving God.

Ps.100: The Jubilate – a psalm of praise and thanksgiving, acknowledging that God created us and we belong to Him. His love and faithfulness last: past, present and future

Psalm 100 from Images of Grace

Psalm 100 from Images of Grace

Ps. 101 David makes promises to God about how he will live and how he will deal with people, shunning evildoers and surrounding himself with faithful people.

Ps. 102: A suffering psalmist calls to God about his condition. He then remembers God’s sovereignty, prays for restoration and predicts a continuing line of people praising God for his steadfastness and compassion.

Ps. 103: Beginning by telling his soul to praises God the psalmist lists reasons to praise Him. He ends by calling on angels and the heavenly host, God’s servants, who do His will and his own soul again to join in praise to the compassionate creator.

Ps. 104: A psalm of praise to God for His wisdom in creating and sustaining the earth and all creatures on land and sea.

Ps. 105: A psalm of thanks and praise to God, reviewing his dealings with people from Abraham to Moses. #psalmtweets @JustCardsDirect

Picture from Just Cards Direct

Picture from Just Cards Direct

Ps. 106: A psalm of praise to God, who is faithful in spite of his people’s serial wrong-doing. Looking at history in the light of God and giving praise.

One thing I have noticed during this challenge is that the Psalmist tells himself and others to praise God. ‘Hallelu Yah’ is translated as ‘Praise the Lord’ at least in the New International Version (NIV). The Authorised (King James) version also uses the imperative form of the verb: ‘Praise ye the Lord.’

Only Psalms 101 and 103 are ascribed to David. It looks as though the prolific writer anonymous was responsible for the others!

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.