Creative Bible Study – Psalm 71

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When I think of God as my rock of protection, this hymn always comes to mind.

Lord, lift me up and let me stand
By faith on Heaven’s table land
A higher plain than I have found
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground
-Iris Dement

God places my feet on a high place, close to Him, where no one else can reach me.

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Commentary

David repeats these words again and again – refuge, rock, fortress. God has known him from before his birth and David realizes that is why he can praise Him. David’s life is an example to many because God has been his strength and protection. Is my life an example to many? Do I declare God’s glory all day long?

Even in old age, David hopes, praises, and proclaims. He is overwhelmed by how much God has done for him. Do we ever spend long enough in thought to be overwhelmed by God’s great love and good deeds.

Our God is above all.

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Rock, turn your ear, set me free, clutches of oppressors, from birth to old age, proclaim, teach, harp and lyre

Hymns and Songs

Out of my bondage, sorrow and night

Since I Have Been Redeemed

 

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Creative Bible Study – Psalm 69

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Even when we feel stuck, we can find words of thanksgiving and praise.

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Commentary

The first verses of this Psalm describe the feeling of overwhelm – up to my neck, stuck in the mire, and still sinking. Whether you have experienced these feelings because of encroaching circumstances or attacking enemies, we are familiar with eyes swollen with weeping.

Even in the midst of the mire, David looks at himself, recognizes his own sin and asks God that he would not cause others to stumble.

Others may scoff as we persist in a life of faith. Our closest friends and family question our judgment. We continue to cling to God’s promises and unfailing love.

David closes this Psalm with singing and praise. He knows that God looks at the heart and hears the cries of those who recognize their need for Him.

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Floodwaters, mire, eyes swollen, parched throat, keep on praying, singing and thanksgiving, cries of His needy ones

Hymns and Songs

Abide with Me (Lyte)

Lord, In Your Great Love, Answer Me

 

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Creative Bible Study – Psalm 62

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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.

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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.

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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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