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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.

 

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#Psalmtweets weeks 4 and 5

Since 27 August I have been participating in a Twitter project to Tweet daily about the Psalms in canonical order – the order in which they appear in the Old Testament.

The next fourteen Psalms are attributed to David. It is interesting that the Psalms are not arranged in chronological order.

Where I had coloured a page or a postcard from the Images of Grace by Jacqui Grace published by Just Cards Direct, I have added a photo to the tweet.

Ps. 22: A prophetic psalm which speaks about Jesus Christ & events around his crucifixion & his kingship.

Ps. 23: Perhaps the best known of all the psalms. God takes care of us always.

Psalm 23 verses 2-3

Psalm 23 verses 2-3

Ps. 24: God created and owns the earth. How to approach him and letting in the King of Glory are themes

Ps. 25: David turns to God for instruction, guidance, deliverance, forgiveness, protection and redemption.

Ps. 26: David compares his life (trusting God) to the scheming of wicked people and praises God.

Ps. 27: God protects David (and us) from the fear of enemies. Praise and music result from life in God’s presence. Follow him!

Psalm 27 Verse 1

Psalm 27 Verse 1

Ps. 28: Plea for God to hear&be merciful to David, to punish the wicked. Song of praise for God’s answer&empowering protection

Ps. 29: An exhortation to ascribe glory&strength to God.The nature of his voice described. He is the source of strength&peace.

Psalm 30 Verse 4

Psalm 30 Verse 4

Ps. 30: Healing&mercy,anger&favour are God’s. David’s despair&wailing become joy, dancing, song thanksgiving.

Ps. 31: Verse 5 written by David was spoken by Jesus Christ and St Stephen the first Christian martyr as they died

Ps 32: Forgiveness & freedom from guilt are blessings from God to those who confess their wrongdoing. Rejoice!

Ps. 33: A song of praise to God the all-seeing creator. His unfailing love is our hope.

Ps. 34: Another prophetic psalm. None of Jesus Christ’s bones were broken, unlike those of others crucified.

Ps. 35: David asks God to fight his battles for him. He prays for (and against) his enemies. Praise and thanksgiving to God

With the character limit on Twitter, some of the Tweets are rather compressed. Other participants’ contributions to the project may be found using the #Psalmtweets hashtag on Twitter. (Or simply click on the link in the previous sentence!)

#Psalmtweets weeks 2 and 3

I have been reading a psalm a day and tweeting something inspired by the psalm. There are other psalmtweeters involved in this challenge. As I read the psalms I look at the structure of the psalm. There are often three or more sections. The psalmist may begin with a complaint or a petition for God’s help, discuss the state of the world or how he is beset by enemies, and then move on to praise of God’s character. Character and name are used almost interchangeably. The hashtag #Psalmtweets is used in each tweet.

I added one of my recent photos to Psalm 8’s tweet.

Thistledown

Thistledown

Ps. 8: All creation reminds David of the glory of God. People seem insignificant by comparison, yet God cares for us.

Ps. 9: Praising God involves telling Him and others of God’s character and what He has done. Enemies are defeated.

Ps. 10: God seems far away to David, looking at the state of humanity. He remembers God’s sovereignty and character.

Ps.11: Refuge, holiness, sovereignty, righteousness and justice are attributes of the God upright people will meet.

Ps. 12: David complains about wicked people. God promises to protect the needy. David respects God’s words, which are pure.

Ps.13: ‘How long?’ is followed by trust in God’s unfailing love and salvation – songs of thanks and praise

Ps.14: David asks God to put the world to rights. He asks that his people will be thankful for God’s salvation (power to save)

Ps. 15: David sets out some guidelines for life in the presence of God.

Ps.16: Safety, refuge, joy and gladness on the path to eternal life with God.

Ps.17: David prays for God to defeat David’s enemies. He knows he is loved and blessed by God.

Ps. 18: A psalm of thanksgiving and celebration of David’s relationship with God his Rock and Saviour.

Ps. 19: Praise for the Creator and his Word (law). A prayer often used by preachers.

Ps. 20: A prayer for the Lord’s blessing. Then assurance of his trustworthiness. A plea for salvation.

Ps. 21: A psalm of praise and thanksgiving for God’s strength. Evil people will be destroyed when God appears.

So far all the psalms have been attributed to David, who was a shepherd boy, a musician and became King.

This project was the idea of @PsalterMark

I have provided a link to Psalm 8. The other psalms may be found on the Bible Gateway website either by searching or by navigating from Psalm 8.