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WISDOM FROM THE PSALMS. The book of Psalms is: “the religion of Israel at its greatest depth, and most passionate intensity.” . It represents one thousand years of Israel’s history and “takes them from unspeakable joy to inexpressible anguish.”

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Wisdom from the psalms
WISDOM FROM THE PSALMS

  • The book of Psalms is:

  • “the religion of Israel at its greatest depth, and most passionate intensity.”


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  • There are five dominant themes: living, open book, growing and being collected during the whole Old Testament period”

    • (1) realization of God’s presence,

    • (2) recognition of the need for thanksgiving,

    • (3) personal communion with God,


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  • Book I is composed of Psalms 1-41, counterpoint of the Pentateuch most Jewish scholars believe, with each section ending with a doxology, Psalm 150 being a doxology of the entire book.

  • Book II is Psalms 42-72,

  • Book III is Psalms 73-89,

  • Book IV is Psalms 90-106, and

  • Book V is Psalms 107-150.


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Psalm 1
Psalm 1 (1) the happy man versus the unhappy man, (2) the worshiper God will accept, (3) God or gold, and (4) the home life of the righteous.

  • Two Ways of Life

  • or

  • An Invitation to Righteous Living


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  • v. 1 the man “destitute of all happiness.” – “Blessed” is plural with a more literal meaning of “Blessednesses” The man thus walking is emphatic: “that man,” whom God made for happiness.


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  • standing in the way of sinners that blessed men will not do: (a more deliberate choice of transgression into vices), and

  • sitting with the scornful (the most deliberate choice showing constancy with all moral feeling brought to an end).


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  • v. 2 open breach with the Creator. – The delight of the godly man refers to one’s will, desire, affection, and motive. His target for his interest is the law of the Lord. The use of small caps (KJV) shows this Hebrew word is “Yahweh,” and is corroborated by the use of “Jehovah” in other versions (ASV).


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  • v. 3 open breach with the Creator. – The righteous man is like a planted and cultivated tree. It is not a wild tree left to its own chances in arid Palestine, but it is one carefully cultivated. It is by the rivers of waters, an obvious reference to the methods of irrigation employed by the Palestinians.


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  • v. 4 refers to a general condition of the spiritual man, a true prospering of the health of the soul with eternal consequences. – “The wicked are not so,” that is, they do walk, stand, and sit with the ungodly, the sinners, and the scornful. They do not delight in God’s law, and they are not like a tree planted by the rivers of waters.


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  • v. 5 be tossed into the air and the wind would carry away the chaff, so in the tossing of life’s struggles, the wicked will be blown away. – Thus the wicked cannot stand approved in judgment and will not share the lot of the righteous.


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  • v. 6 be tossed into the air and the wind would carry away the chaff, so in the tossing of life’s struggles, the wicked will be blown away. – The Lord fully understands the facts of each person’s life and the ungodly must accept their final condemnation: perishing.

  • Righteous persons write their names on the rock, wicked persons write their names on the sand.


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Psalm 15
Psalm 15 consequences.

  • The Guest of God


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  • Or, what is real and true religion? where authentic worship of Jehovah was to take place? Who would be allowed to enter? (Cloer, p. 33).

  • Who will be rewarded eternally by being in the abiding presence of the Lord?


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  • Be honest and righteous – v. 2. It is styled as the “Temple Decalogue,” or the 10 Commandments necessary to be in God’s presence eternally (Leslie, p. 521).

  • Be truthful to the core – v. 2.

  • Refrain from gossipy slander – v. 3.

  • Do no harm to friends – v. 3.

  • Do no insult to neighbors – v. 3.


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  • Despise the man who makes himself odious – v. 4. It is styled as the “Temple Decalogue,” or the 10 Commandments necessary to be in God’s presence eternally (Leslie, p. 521).

  • Honor those who fear Jehovah – v. 4.

  • Keep oaths even though suffering is the result – v. 4.


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  • Do not lend money at unfair interest – v. 5. It is styled as the “Temple Decalogue,” or the 10 Commandments necessary to be in God’s presence eternally (Leslie, p. 521).

  • Do not accept bribes against the innocent – v. 5.


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  • Aben Ezra translates this verse 4 as “mean and contemptible in his own eyes.” If this is correct, it would mean that no matter how pious one is, compared to God and His glory, a righteous person still considers self as of no worth (Clarke, p. 260).


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Psalm 49
Psalm 49 apropos:

  • Higher Interests of the Soul


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  • A brief outline shows: Riches.” (ASV),

  • (1) Truth worthy for all classes of people- vv. 1-4;

  • (2) No reason to fear the rich oppressor – v. 5;

  • (3) Reasons for no fear of the rich oppressor – vv. 6-20 (Barnes).


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Psalm 127 128
Psalm 127, 128 a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth” (Lk. 12:15).

  • The Home Life of the Pilgrims


Psalm 127
Psalm 127 a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth” (Lk. 12:15).

  • The occasion and time of Psalm 127 are generally argued to be either when Solomon was to build the temple (Barnes), or when the returnees from Persian captivity were rebuilding the temple (Clarke, p. 642).


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  • Thus, this psalm is surely a “Soliloquy of the Happy Householder,” most likely a poor man with a large loving family. He is happy, contented, hardworking, independent and greatly blessed by children. They will offer comfort, care, and protection even when he is old


Psalm 128
Psalm 128 Householder,” most likely a poor man with a large loving family. He is happy, contented, hardworking, independent and greatly blessed by children. They will offer comfort, care, and protection even when he is old

  • Psalm 128 seems to describe the humble and poor man with the large family sitting at his table for a meal (v. 3). His true blessings come because he fears Jehovah and walks in his ways (v. 1).


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  • A wife being as a ‘fruitful vine” (v. 3) again emphasizes the childbearing blessing of womanhood. As bunches of grapes on a fruitful grapevine would show it to be a living, healthy, prospering vine, so a wife that could bear many children blesses a husband.


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Conclusion
Conclusion structures crumble. Peace would be upon Israel as long as men and families continued to meet God’s conditions.

  • No other portion of Scripture is so wide, so deep, so thorough, so enriching, so enlightening, so majestic, so sweet, so lasting in its impressions on the human soul, and so poignant in its praise and adoration of God as will be found in “The Psalter.”


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  • Go to the Psalms to learn about mercy. the soul of every person who reads, and yet, some of the sweetest joys of the abiding and abundant loving-kindness of a beneficent Almighty will assuage the hurting hearts of those who seek to do the will of Jehovah.

  • Go to the Psalms to learn about forgiveness.

  • Go to the Psalms to learn about devotion.


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  • Go to the Psalms to learn about praise to the Almighty. the soul of every person who reads, and yet, some of the sweetest joys of the abiding and abundant loving-kindness of a beneficent Almighty will assuage the hurting hearts of those who seek to do the will of Jehovah.

  • Go to the Psalms to learn about prayer.

  • Go to the Psalms to learn about worship.

  • Go to the Psalms to learn about quiet meditation.


Wisdom from the psalms

  • Go to the Psalms to learn about thankfulness. the soul of every person who reads, and yet, some of the sweetest joys of the abiding and abundant loving-kindness of a beneficent Almighty will assuage the hurting hearts of those who seek to do the will of Jehovah.

  • Go to the Psalms to learn around spirituality.

  • Go to the Psalms to learn about God.


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  • As someone has said about “The Psalter,” the soul of every person who reads, and yet, some of the sweetest joys of the abiding and abundant loving-kindness of a beneficent Almighty will assuage the hurting hearts of those who seek to do the will of Jehovah.

  • “Read it on your knees.”