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Creative Bible Study – Psalm 62

Creative

I used a faded image of a guarded castle parapet as the background for this page. The three elements symbolize shields to me. How often I need to be reminded that God is my refuge and strong tower. I don’t need to do things on my own, but wait on Him.

Digital Art Journaling, Faith, Psalm 62

You can download the printables page here.

Commentary

You are safe with God.

What a comfort these words are to me. No matter what is happening to me or around me, I am safe with God. I found this phrase in the Psalm 62 devotion shared by author Karyn Henley in her children’s devotion book, Day by Day Devotions: A Summer of Psalms.

God alone is enough.

The rest of today’s commentary comes from Rolf Jacobson who provides insight into a rarely used Hebrew word – ‘ak.

When it comes to Psalm 62, the careful reader might observe a very small Hebrew word — which seems to occur quite a lot in this short poem. Such a reader might notice that the Hebrew word ‘ak occurs six times in this short poem.

For comparison sake, the term occurs only 24 times in the entire Psalter — and in each case, the term begins a sentence — which means that 25 percent of the occurrences of the word occur in this short poem. The term carries both a restrictive meaning — “only” or “alone” — as well as an asserverative meaning — “truly” or “indeed.”2 The poem plays on the dual meaning of term to make a theological point. Here are the six sentences that begin with the term:

verse 1     For God alone (‘ak) my soul waits in silence. . .
verse 2     He alone (‘ak) is my rock and my salvation. . .
verse 4     Their only (‘ak) plan is to bring down a person of prominence. . .
verse 5     For God alone (‘ak) my soul waits in silence. . .
verse 6     He alone (‘ak) is my rock and my salvation. . .
verse 9     Those of low estate are but (‘ak) a breath. . .

In the translation above, the New Revised Standard Version always takes the term restrictively, meaning always either “only,” “alone,” or “but.” One could also take the term asseveratively at each point — always translating it with “indeed” or “yes” (so the TNIV and also Goldingay).

You can read his additional thoughts about Psalm 62 here.

Is God your safe place? Do you wait on and trust in God alone?

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Rock, fortress, refuge, safe place, soul waits in silence, pour out your heart

Hymns and Songs

Psalm 62 Song By Aaron Keyes

Psalm 62 by Shane & Shane

 

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Creative Bible Study – Psalm 56

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I’m sure the creativity will come soon, but I am overwhelmed with the suffering so many are facing around the world for their Christian faith. Please pray that they will be able to continue to trust in God to guide them.

You can download the printables page here.

Commentary

If you but trust in God to guide you
and place your confidence in him,
you’ll find him always there beside you
to give you hope and strength within;
for those who trust God’s changeless love
build on the rock that will not move.

Only be still and wait his pleasure
in cheerful hope with heart content.
He fills your needs to fullest measure
with what discerning love has sent;
doubt not our inmost wants are known
to him who chose us for his own.

Sing, pray, and keep his ways unswerving,
offer your service faithfully,
and trust his word; though undeserving,
you’ll find his promise true to be.
God never will forsake in need
the soul that trusts in him indeed.
~ Georg Neumark

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Enemies trample, thoughts are evil, watch my steps, kept count of my wanderings, put my tears in your bottle, trust in God and not be afraid, render thank offerings, walk before God in the light of the living

Hymns and Songs

If Thou But Trust in God to Guide Thee

 

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Creative Bible Study – Psalm 51

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I wanted to focus on hyssop on my page and used the tall spiral branch image to signify the cleansing. Hyssop was first used to apply the blood of the Passover lamb around the doors of the houses of the Hebrew people to cause the angel of death to pass them by. It was also used to signify a cleansed leper and a household cleansed of disease.

The book and pen signify David’s request that God blot out or remove from the record book his sins.

Psalm 51 Faith Art Journal Page

The digital kit for this page was a free kit from the Panstoria Store called Vintage Memories. It is still available to download.

You can download the printables page here.

Commentary

How frequently we as a society and each of us as individuals make excuses for our behavior and refuse to call it what it is – sin against God and His laws. Through the prophet Nathan’s prodding (2 Samuel 12), David takes full responsibility for his sins saying he has “done what is evil in Your sight.”

He calls on God’s character of compassion and lovingkindness to provide forgiveness and cleansing. Looking at the phrases he uses, we realize that our source of mercy is God alone. Review his list of requests:

  • Blot out
  • Wash me
  • Cleanse me
  • Purge me
  • Create a clean heart
  • Renew a right spirit
  • Restore the joy of salvation
  • Uphold me

See the release that repentance and forgiveness gives in the actions taken by David. His words cause sinners to return to God, he sings of God’s righteousness, he declares praise to God, and offers the sacrifice of a broken and contrite spirit to God

This Psalm reminds us just as Psalm 50 did God cares about the attitude behind the sacrifice.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

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Wash me, cleanse me, purge me with hyssop, create a clean heart in me, my tongue will sing, broken spirit, burnt offerings

Hymns and Songs

God Be Merciful to Me

Create in Me a Clean Heart

 

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