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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.

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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.