Notes

If anyone is interested in my notes from the remainder of the Old Testament let me know and I’d be happy to send them to you. I have currently only taken notes on Matthew in the New Testament and probably won’t record notes for the remainder. -Heidi

Has anyone else fallen behind?

I have fallen very very very behind – and I’m guessing there are at least a few others in the same boat!  Summer goes by quicker than I remember as a kid 🙂  Dare I say how far behind I am??  Well, I’m still in Proverbs, but I’m going to finish by golly!!!  It’ll just be in slightly more than 90 days.

And for anyone who is still on track – or close to it – as far as the reading plan goes, how have you been able to do it?  I’d love to hear.

Hope your summer has been going great!

Heidi’s Lamentations Thoughts

So, I wondered if Jeremiah wrote this book but it seems that is up for debate. (according to Wikipedia)

Lamentations 2:11 “children and infants faint in the streets of the city.” I hate thinking about this.

Lamentations 3:21 “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope.” Another verse about hope!

Lamentations 3:24-25 “I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;” It’s not always easy to wait for the Lord but we see that he is good to those whose HOPE is in him and to those who seek him!

Lamentations 3:32 “Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.”

Lamentations 3:38-39Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come? Why should any living man complain when punished for his sins?”

Lamentations 3:58 “O Lord, you took up my case; you redeemed my life.”

Lamentations 4:4 “Because of thirst the infant’s tongue sticks to the roof of its mouth; the children beg for bread, but no one gives it to them.” Again, I hate thoughts like this.

Lamentations 4:10 “With their own hands compassionate women have cooked their own children, who became their food when my people were destroyed.” Um, AGAIN…this disgusts me.

Lamentations 5:21 “Restore us to yourself, O LORD, that we may return; renew our days as of old.” Amen to this! A good prayer to pray in modern day.

Heidi’s Thoughts on Jeremiah

I noted that Jeremiah was a son of a priest and that the word of the Lord came to him when the people of Jerusalem went into exile.

Jeremiah 1:17…”Do not be terrified by them or I will terrify you before them.” This was a good verse to me because it would be easy to back down under peer pressure or say having an entire NATION listening to you and perhaps rejecting what you were saying. God is pretty much telling Jeremiah to speak with authority or else he will appear weak. I guess I thought it was a good pep talk.

Jeremiah 3:10…”Judah did not return to me with all her heart, but only in pretense.” The word pretense is what caught me here. Just the idea that we humans think we can pull one over on God by pretending with him…it’s quite silly.

Jeremiah 4:10 “Then I said, “Ah, Sovereign Lord, how completely you have deceived this people and Jerusalem by saying, “You will have peace, when the sword is at our throats.” I didn’t find commentary on this verse but I found it interesting because I can see where the confusion may have entered the mind. Clearly, God is saying that he will not entirely wipe out this nation but because of their sin he has to do something. Still, I guess in our human understanding it would be hard not to question God here as it appears was done.

Jeremiah 4:18-19 “Oh, my anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain. Oh, the agony of my heart!” Reading about God’s anguish and agony of his heart was sad.

Jeremiah 4:22 “My people are fools; they do not know me.” Lord, may I never be considered a fool in your sight. Help me to know you.

Jeremiah 5:1: “If you can find but one person…” Times were so bad that not even one person could be found who was honest and seeking truth. That’s pretty bad.

Jeremiah 6:8 “Take warning, O Jerusalem, or I will turn away from you and make your land desolate so no one can live in it.” Yikes!

Jeremiah 6:14 “Peace, peace they say, when there is no peace.” I thought of how that is true even today. People are crying out for peace.

Jeremiah 6:24 and other verses have made reference to pain like that of a woman in labor. Child birth is serious business when it comes to pain. Let everyone remember that. :- )

Jeremiah 7:31 Here they go again with burning their children as sacrifices. I just don’t get it. Anyway, God said “I did not command it, nor did it enter my mind.” I liked that. God is saying that this thought never even crossed his mind to require of his Creation.

Jeremiah 8:21 “The balm in Gilead”… Balm of Gilead is a healing compound (a balm) made from the resinous gum of the North American tree species Populus candicans. It takes its name from the allusive phrase “balm in Gilead”, referring to the balm or balsam carried from Gilead by the caravan of merchants to whom Joseph was sold by his brothers (Genesis chapter 37). In all likelihood, this ancient trade item was what is now known as balsam of Mecca, produced from the tree Commiphora gileadensis (syn. Commiphora opobalsamum), native to southern Arabia.

Jeremiah 9:14 “…they have followed the Baals, as their fathers taught them.” Okay, here we see the importance of being self educated. Ignorance is not a get out jail free card. Just because one’s parents taught one incorrect information does not mean one is guiltless. This is why I think reading the bible like we’re doing is such a great thing. We are seeing for ourselves. We are even learning about things that have been taught to us in pulpits or by parents or role models that are not entirely accurate or have been taken out of context. That is important! We need to not simply listen but to study and let God’s truth reveal itself to us. I truly believe He honors this.

Jeremiah 9:24 “but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth , for in these I delight, “ declares the Lord. What a great verse!

Jeremiah 11:7 …”I warned them again and again, saying, “Obey me.”

Jeremiah 12:8 “My inheritance has become to me like a lion in the forest. She roars at me; therefore I hate her.” Isn’t this a sad picture of how the Israelites turned God against them?

Jeremiah 13:14 “I will allow no pity or mercy or compassion to keep me from destroying them.” Wow. They really made him mad.

Jeremiah 14:10 “This is what the Lord says about his people: They greatly love to wander;” Isn’t this so true of all of us? We always want to do our own thing.

Jeremiah 14:22…”Therefore our hope is in you” I love verses that point us to the hope we have in God.

Jeremiah 16:7 “No one will offer food to comfort those who mourn for the dead- not even for a father or a mother-nor will anyone give them a drink to console them.” Can you imagine the state of things being THIS bad to where the people lack total compassion for each other?

Jeremiah 16:12 “But you have behaved even more wickedly than your fathers.” I think this clarifies that some of the reasons the children seem to be punished for the sins of their fathers is actually because the children behaved worse than their fathers. (probably because of the poor example they were given)

Jeremiah 17:5 “This is what the Lord says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord. Jeremiah 17:7 “But blessed is the man who trust in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.”

Jeremiah 20:2 Jeremiah was beaten and put in the stocks. It’s hard to imagine why God allowed this to happen since Jeremiah was so diligent in serving and obeying but then as we read this story Jeremiah was actually able to fulfill another mission of prophecy by where God placed him. Not a fun place to be but being a servant of God isn’t always. I noticed that Jeremiah complained to God in verses 7-18. Understandable!

Jeremiah 23:5-6 “The days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up to David a righteous branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The Lord Our Righteousness.” Come, Lord Jesus!

Jeremiah 25:9 refers to Nebuchadnezzar as “my servant”. I was perplexed reading how this evil king would be considered a servant of God but I think the meaning is probably that God used him to fulfill his purposes and thus he did become God’s servant even though he wasn’t truly SERVING God intentionally.

Jeremiah 26:3 “Perhaps they will listen and each turn from his evil way. Then I will relent and not bring on them the disaster I was planning because of the evil they have done.” I just sensed God’s deep desire to show mercy here.

Jeremiah 30:21 “Their leader will be one of their own; their ruler will arise from among them. I will bring him near and he will come closet o me, for who is he who will devote himself to be close to me, declares the Lord?” Seems again that this is prophetic of Jesus.

Jeremiah 31:12 “I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.” What a promise for the Israelites!

Jeremiah 31:19 “After I strayed, I repented; after I came to understand, I beat my breast. I was ashamed and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.” This is a great verse. I remember when I gave my life back over to the Lord after I went through a divorce. I felt these very things. (I didn’t beat my breast, though) :- )

Jeremiah 31:22 “The Lord will create a new thing on earth- a woman will surround (protect) a man.” Um, is this symbolic?

Jeremiah 31:26 “At this I awoke and looked around. My sleep had been pleasant to me.” Oh, the pleasant dreams of God!

Jeremiah 32:17 I love Jeremiah’s prayer. It begins with “Ah Sovereign Lord…” V. 19 “great are your purposes”…”you reward everyone according to his conduct and as his deeds deserve”. I have felt the urging lately after reading this verse and others to spend time repenting for the sins of our nation.

Jeremiah 32:40 “I will inspire them to fear me so that they will never turn away from me.” Oh, that we would all have this inspiration!

Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things that you do not know.” A verse I’ve heard many times but a good one!

Jeremiah 33:15-16 Another prophecy about Jesus!

Jeremiah 34 What does God think of slavery? There were obviously Hebrew slaves (34:9) and I just wonder what he thought of them back then.

Jeremiah 38:6 So, Jeremiah also gets thrown into a cistern of mud. Again, it’s not always easy being a servant of the Lord. I wonder if the wondered if God would save him or if he realized it was likely to fulfill God’s purposes that he was placed there. Thankfully, he was rescued.

Jeremiah 39:17-18 “But I will rescue you on that day, declares the Lord; you will not be handed over to those you fear. I will save you; you will not fall by the sword but will escape with your life because you trust in me, declares the Lord.”

Jeremiah 44:18 So, these people thought that because things were going well while they were burning incense to the Queen of Heaven (a false god) that they were doing the right thing. This was a good lesson to learn for when we don’t understand why people who sin seem to be getting ahead in life. Jeremiah 44:22 “When the Lord could no longer endure your wicked actions…” This says that God did allow these people the opportunity to stop sinning but when he could no longer endure, he did ultimately punish. (The land became an object of cursing and desolate waste without inhabitants) Okay, so America and the rest of the world…we need to understand that God is surely being patient with us but there is going to be a day when he can no longer endure our wicked actions!

Jeremiah 48:37 What is with the slashing of the hands? A commentary suggests that such cuttings used to be made as a token of grief.

Jeremiah 51:33 The daughter of Zion is compared to a threshing floor.

Jeremiah 52 talks about Jehoiachin being released from prison and given a seat of honor. I wondered why. He was the last direct heir to the Jewish crown. He was carried captive to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar, along with the flower of the nobility, all the leading men in Jerusalem, and a great body of the general population, some thirteen thousand in all (2 Kings 24:12-16; Jer. 52:28). After an imprisonment of thirty-seven years (Jer. 52:31,33), he was liberated by Evil-merodach, and permitted to occupy a place in the king’s household and sit at his table, receiving “every day a portion until the day of his death, all the days of his life” (52:32-34).

Heidi’s Isaiah Thoughts

ISAIAH…

Isaiah is another book of the Bible that I found a commentary helpful to comprehend all that was being said. I am just not good at understanding poetry. I guess the main message I got out of this book was that Isaiah was a prophet with a lot of “dark” messages but mixed in with that are the most hopeful messages of God’s word, that being the promise of a Messiah to come!

Isaiah 1:6…”open sores, not bandaged or soothed with oil.” Just wondering what kind of oil was used to soothe back then.

Isaiah 1:11 “The multitude of your sacrifices-what are they to me?” says the Lord. “I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.” This struck me because I think a lot of people have a hard time understanding why God required all that He required in sacrifices. I guess what really hit me here is that God is saying that it’s not about what we’re giving Him because what does He need? He wants our hearts to be obedient. He was trying to train the Israelites to have hearts that desired to obey Him.

Isaiah 1:16-17 “Take your evil deeds out of my sight! Stop doing wrong, learn to do right!” Pretty straight forward here!

Isaiah 2:22 “Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?” How true this is. The Israelites so badly wanted a human King and someone physical to trust. I think a lot of us are like this even today. It’s easy to want to put our faith in something tangible and yet God is reminding us that nothing on earth is lasting.

Isaiah 4:2 What is the Branch of the Lord? A commentary suggests “The Branch of the Lord has the double sense of the earth yielding it’s fruit and of Christ yielding spiritual fruit.”

Isaiah 5:7 I like how this describes perfectly what the previous verses are saying…”The vineyard of the Lord Almighty is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah are the garden of his delight. And he looked for justice but saw bloodshed; for righteousness, but heard cries of distress.”

Isaiah 7:9 “If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.”

Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” I guess I’m wondering here how Jews reject the idea of Jesus being the Messiah since they believe the OT.

Isaiah 8:13 “The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread, and he will be a sanctuary; but for both houses of Israel he will be a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” A good reminder that our trust and reverence is to be in the Lord and he will then be a “sanctuary” (a refuge) for us, but if we do not (such as the Israelites did not) then he will be a stumbling block.

Isaiah 9:6-7 Again, just trying to figure out the Jewish thought process here. Do they believe that the Messiah is yet to be born then, because it’s obvious here by this description that Jesus is the child that is being spoken of. That is, if you read the NT.

Isaiah 10:22 “Though your people, O Israel, be like the sand by the sea, only a remnant will return.” What a sad verse.

Chapter 11 speaks of The Branch From Jesse, which is clearly the kingdom of Jesus. I loved this chapter, especially verse 10 “In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him and his place of rest will be glorious. Here we start to really see that salvation was not just for Jews. Through Jesus, God extends a glorious place of rest to Gentiles! Hallelujah!

In light of the recent wars in the Middle East, I found Chapter 13 to be intriguing. Babylon is the epitome of religion and culture in the ancient Middle East. (commentary) It so happens to be 80 kilometers south of modern day Baghdad, Iraq. 13:5 “They come from faraway lands, from the ends of the heavens- the Lord and the weapons of his wrath- to destroy the whole country.” I believe that the real reason we are at war is to fulfill prophecy. 13:19 “Babylon, the jewel of kingdoms, the glory of the Babylonians pride, will be overthrown by God like Sodom and Gomorrah.” This chapter talks a lot about how haughty the Babylonians are and thus I think this is part of why this curse is upon them. Um, hello Sadaam Hussein anyone? Pretty prideful man.

Likewise, chapter 14:24 forth is a prophecy against Assyria, which is modern day Northern Iraq.

Okay, but now I’m wondering if these prophecies were already fulfilled??? I’m thinking that some of them were and some are yet to come (maybe twice!) but whenever the Bible speaks of “The Day of the Lord” I make the assumption that it is speaking of the time when Jesus returns to instill justice. I’m not claiming, however, to be right on this.

Chapter 15 talks about a prophecy against Moab. I couldn’t remember who that was so I did some digging. Genesis 19:30-38 tells the story of how Lot’s daughters slept with Lot when he was drunk and conceived sons with him. The older daughter’s son was named Moab (which means from father…disgusting!) and he became the father of that Moabites. So, then I wondered what the Moabites did wrong to receive this prophetic curse. Numbers 22-25 explains how Balak, kind of Moab at the time sent messengers to summon Balaam to put a curse on Israel. Aha, now I’m following!

Damascus also gets an oracle against it in Chapter 17. Had to dig again. Damascus is modern day Palestine (capital of Syria). It’s known for being the oldest continually inhabited city in the world. This prophecy was fulfilled when Damascus was captured in 732 B.C. and it’s ruler was killed. (2 Kings 16:9) Apparently since this fulfillment Damascus has never again regained the prominence it previously enjoyed.

Chapter 18 talks about a prophecy against Cush, which is modern day Ethiopia. Noah’s son, Ham’s son, Cush inhabited this place. (Genesis 10:6) A commentary suggests Cush may have been a Hebrew term for black African peoples. So, I’m wondering if Noah’s son was black?

Isaiah 18:7 “the gifts will be brought to Mt. Zion, the place of the name of the Lord Almighty.” Wow, God truly values Mt. Zion as sacred ground. Mt. Zion today is Jerusalem, City of David.

Chapter 19 I found it interesting to note that Egypt is said to represent the Gentiles. This prophecy is said to probably occur in the future when the nations go to Mt. Zion under the rule of Christ. (commentary)

Isaiah 20:4 Ooh, with buttocks bared!

Edom is an area in the valley of the southern part of the Dead Sea and adjacent to Jordan.

Tyre is modern day Lebanon.

Chapter 24 speaks of the devastation of the corrupt earth, which happens when the Messiah returns to clean up the mess we’ve made. Isn’t it interesting all of the work that has gone into maintaining the earth and yet we know it will one day be destroyed because it has been defiled? It’s sad in a sense.

Isaiah 24:21 “In that day the Lord will punish the powers in the heavens above and the kings on the earth below.” I wondered what it meant to punish the powers in the heavens. A commentary suggests the Hebrew word for punish is “to visit”. The commentary further suggests that the powers in the heavens above are likened to fallen angels and thus God’s enemies whether in heaven or earth will face justice.

Isaiah 25:8 “he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth.” How comforting to know that the days of death and tears will eventually come to an end!

Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” This is a comforting verse and a great reminder to us to remain steadfast (fixed in a direction) and trusting in God in all circumstances.

Isaiah 26:12 “Lord, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.” I love this. How dare we attempt to take credit for anything we’ve accomplished or been given? It’s all from Him because of the work He does in our hearts and the blessings He pours on us!

Isaiah 27 speaks of the Leviathan. My bible reference says it’s possibly the alligator. The commentary suggests it was a mythological, dragon like deity who symbolized chaos and who battled unsuccessfully against God. I would assume then, Satan?

Isaiah 27:12-13 What a promise for us! Those who were exiled into Egypt will come and worship the Lord on the holy mountain in Jerusalem! Since Egypt represents Gentiles, this is a promise for us all!

Chapter 28 “The woe to Ephraim” (Ephraim sometimes refers to all Israel) is referring to the northern kingdom’s drunken political leaders. (commentary)

Isaiah 28:9 A commentary suggests that a child back then was weaned between ages 3-5. Interesting that I was given so much crap for not weaning my daughter until just before she turned two. :- )

Isaiah 29:13 “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor m with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.” How true this is even today! This is part of why I think it is so important to read the Bible for myself and try to gain as much understanding from it as I can (with the help of the Holy Spirit) because there are so many spiritual leaders in the world who praise God with their lips but make up their own set of rules that are not in accordance with scripture.

Isaiah 30:7 Rahab literally means “Storm” or “Arrogant” and was a dragon from pagan mythology who was pictured as resisting creation. Both Rahab and the Leviathan are symbolic of the forces of evil in the universe that God will destroy. (commentary)

Isaiah 30:15 “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.”

Isaiah 30:33 “Tophet, located south of Jerusalem was the place where the valleys of Hinnom and Kidron met. It was probably a deep, wide pit containing a bonfire of blazing wood, where children had at times been burned to death as offerings to pagan deities. The area has filled in significantly through the centuries.” (commentary) No wonder the Lord sets it ablaze! How awful!

Isaiah 31:4 “As a lion growls, a great lion over his prey-and though a whole band of shepherds is called together against him, he is not frightened by their shouts or disturbed by their clamor- so the Lord Almighty will come down to do battle on Mount Zion and on its heights.” The Lord is often compared to a lion in the Bible and I thought this was a good description of the power and fearlessness of a lion.

Isaiah 33:2 “O Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.” Love this.

Isaiah 37 I appreciated re-reading the story of Hezekiah’s great faith in the Lord, especially after now understanding that Assyria was greatly feared because of their power of destroying other nations.

Isaiah 42 is about Jesus!

Isaiah 42:21 “It pleased the Lord for the sake of his righteousness to make his law great and glorious.” I can see how this would please him.

Isaiah 42:25 “So he poured out on them his burning anger, the violence of war.” I was just thinking that God’s anger at the state of the world is probably a good reason we are at war now, too.

Isaiah 43:4 “Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you,” It’s good to read these reminders from God in the midst of reprimand.

Isaiah 43:5 “I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west.” I was just wondering when this did or will happen. This is probably where I get most confused in Isaiah. The timelines of what has happened vs. what is yet to come.

Isaiah 43:11 “even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior.” Good reminder.

Isaiah 43:12 “You are my witnesses, declares the Lord, that I am God.” Another good reminder.

Isaiah 43:18-19 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!” Don’t we all need to be reminded of this often?

Isaiah 43:20 “The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the desert and streams in the wasteland..” I’m not an animal lover but I wonder how it must please God to see even animals praising him.

Isaiah 43:25 “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” It’s a good thing he does this, huh?

Isaiah 43:24 What is calamus? Its aromatic root. any of various tropical Asian palms of the genus Calamus, some of which are a source of rattan. the hollow base of a feather; a quill.

Isaiah 44:19 “No one stops to think, no one has the knowledge or understanding to say, Half of it I used for fuel; I even baked bread over its coals, I roasted meat and I ate. Shall I make a detestable thing from what is left? Shall I bow down to a block of wood?” I thought this was an interesting common sense verse.

Isaiah 45:12 “I is I who made the earth and created mankind upon it. My own hands stretched out the heavens; I marshaled their starry hosts.” The verses reminding us of God’s creation are astounding. It’s really hard to put our minds around that fact that we haven’t always just existed and that God created the world in which we live and those whom we associate with. (and ourselves!)

Isaiah 45:18 “…he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited.” Isn’t that awesome? God created earth to be inhabited and I am sure it has a lot to do with the fact that he was excited about relationships with people.

Isaiah 45:23 “…Before me every knee will bow by me every tongue will swear.” The day is coming!

Isaiah 48:11 “For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this.” It seems God is sending a message here that he has considered wiping out the earth as in the days of Noah yet for the sake of showing who he says he is and keeping his promises he is reminding us that we are saved not because of what we have done but because of what he has done.

Isaiah 49 Who is the servant? Is it Isaiah? Or Jesus? Hmmm…Isaiah 49:6 “I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.” Seems like the servant then is Jesus.

Isaiah 49:23 “…those who hope in me will not be disappointed.”

Isaiah 50:4 “He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.” I was thinking what an honor this would be…and then I thought…there is no reason I can’t have this same type of relationship with the Lord!

Isaiah 50:10 I’ve noticed here and several times previously and in the future that the miracle of the parting of the Red sea is mentioned. Indeed, it was a HUGE miracle and I can understand why it is mentioned as often as it is. Imagine it! I think the bible talks about it frequently so that we let it sink in and know the power of what God can do.

Isaiah 50:1 “I, even I, am he who comforts you.”

Isaiah 53 I think this was my favorite chapter! It’s so clearly about Jesus! I read it twice and just let it all sink in. Powerful! And an awesome prophecy! I wonder what Isaiah thought as he prophesied, not yet knowing who Jesus was.

Isaiah 54:7 “For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back.”

Isaiah 54:9 “To me this is like the days of Noah, when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth. So now I have sworn not to be angry with you, never to rebuke you again.” Okay, this had me fired up with excitement! So often in reading the OT I have thought, “God really seems to want to destroy the earth again due to the sin.” I have thought of Noah and how he promised to never destroy the earth “like that” again and how he may have thought, “But I could destroy it in another way.” The point is that he didn’t. While the bible says that one day this earth will be again destroyed and a new heaven and earth will be built, God has been patient with us. He could have destroyed the earth again in a different way than with rain and it would have been okay because 1.) He is God and 2.) He wouldn’t be lying because he only promised to not cover the earth with water again. So, what I am getting from all of this is how much compassion and love he truly has for his creation and how in spite of temptation (if in fact that is the right word since I’m not sure God can be tempted, so to speak) he continues to be patient and loving and forgiving. Pretty awesome!

Isaiah 54:13 “All your sons will be taught by the Lord, and great will be your children’s peace.” Ah, isn’t that what we want for our kids?!

Isaiah 54:17 “no weapon formed against you will prevail…”

Isaiah 55 I couldn’t help but start singing the song we sang with the Jamaicans while on a missions trip there in high school…”Everyone who thirsts, come to the water, you who have no money, come buy and eat!” :- ) Ya had to be there.

Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.” A huge reminder to us, especially in times of suffering when we don’t understand “why”. It is not always about US. God’s plans are bigger than what he’s allowing us to endure. It may be for someone else’s benefit that we struggle or have joy.

Isaiah 57:13 “But the man who makes me his refuge will inherit the land and possess my holy mountain.” I wanna be that kind of “man”!

Isaiah 58 True Fasting. I liked the reminder that when we fast we also need to be free from sin in order to be heard.

Isaiah 59:20 “The redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who repent of their sins, declares the Lord.” Come, Lord Jesus!

Isaiah 60:22 “in it’s time I will do this swiftly.” Watch out world!

Isaiah 62:2 “you will be called by a new name that he mouth of the Lord will bestow.”

Isaiah 62:4 “Beulah” (which means married) was my great grandmother’s name.

Isaiah 62:6 “I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. Watchmen refers to “prophets” here. (commentary)

Isaiah 63:7 “I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the Lord has done for us..” Amen!

There is more mention of the parting of the Red Sea in Chapter 63.

Isaiah 64:5 “You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember your ways.”

Isaiah 64:8 “Yet O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay and you are the potter; we are the work of your hand.”

Isaiah 65:17 “Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.” Hallelujah!

Isaiah 65:20 “Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days…” Praise God!

Isaiah 66:10 “Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad for her, all you who love her.”

Isaiah 66:13 “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you..” A good picture for those of us who are mothers.

Song of Songs Thoughts by Heidi

Song of Songs…

I had to jump right to the commentary to understand this book. I did not realize that this is a moving love story between a young country girl (only knows as the Shulamite) and Solomon but it helped knowing this before reading on. It should also be noted that the Jews often think this is about God and his love for Israel, while Christians often think it is about Jesus and the love for His bride, the church. The commentary suggests, however, that neither is accurate.

So, I’m reading along and wondering how the Shulamite came to decide to accept Solomon’s marriage proposal when he had 700 wives and 300 concubines. Was it the poetry that drew her in? I mean, how could a woman feel special in this situation? Okay, I read Chapter 6:8-9 “Sixty queens there may be, and eighty concubines and virgins beyond number; but my dove, my perfect one, is unique, the only daughter of her mother, the favorite of the one who bore her.” So, I see here he must have only had 60 wives and 60 concubines and he’s telling her she’s the only one he really wants. I was thinking he’d have had to convince her somehow!

Song of Songs 2:4 “He has taken me to the banquet hall, and his banner over me is love.” I totally remember singing this song as a child and now I’m wondering if the song was written out of context of scripture. Not that it is a bad song but in light of the fact that this was a love song between humans just makes me question whether the author realized this when it was written.

He invites us into His banquet table His banner over me is love (repeated)

The one way to peace is the power of the cross His banner over me is love (repeated)

I’m not really into poetry so this Book had me a little lost. I guess the message is that sex outside of marriage is wrong but sex inside marriage is fulfilling and beautiful. Got it.

(From my friend, Kristin) This book was an interesting read.  A bit confusing at times.  Here is some commentary that really broke it down.

I. Introduction – Solomon is the author.  This is basically a book of wisdom.  We are shown God’s design for marriage.

II.  Meeting and Courtship

A. Personal Desire for the King: The Shulamite woman expresses to herself her desire for the king whereupon she is brought into the king’s palace where the harem praises Solomon 1:2-4

B. Personal Embarrassment: The Shulamite woman is embarrassed before Solomon’s harem because her appearance showed that she had worked in the field 1:5-6

C. Meeting of Solomon & Shulamite: Solomon and the Shulamite woman meet and are mutually attracted to each other complimenting one another 1:7-17

D. First Expressions of Love: Continuing to compliment one another, they express their love for one another, and Solomon exhorts the harem to let love develop naturally 2:1-7

E. Building Their Relationship: Solomon and the Shulamite woman spend time together getting to know one another in order to build their relationship 2:8-17

F. A Fearful Dream: Near to her wedding day the Shulamite woman dreamed that she has been separated from her beloved, but upon finding him she led him to her mother’s house (the house of marriage). When she awoke, she reminded herself to be patient 3:1-5

III.  Marriage and Consummation

A. Solomon’s Wedding Procession: Solomon’s glorious wedding procession to his bride to be, the Shulamite woman, is vividly described 3:6-11

B. The Consummation of Marriage: Solomon beautifully described his bride on their wedding night and then the two of them consummated their marriage with God’s blessing 4:1–5:1

1. The Beauty of the King’s Wife: 4:1-7

2. The King’s Request: 4:8

3. The King’s Praise of His Wife’s Love: 4:9-11

4. The King’s Praise of His Wife’s Purity: 4:12-15

5. The Consummation of Their Marriage: 4:16–5:1

IV.  Rise of Difficulties and their Resolution:  When the bride refuses her husband’s approach for intimacy, a frit arises between them and finds its resolution as she begins to pursue him, is reminded of her love for him, realizes his love for her and then is received by him in the garden where he waits for her.

A. The Rise of Difficulties–Indifference: Probably sometime after the marriage the bride refused to let her husband into her bedroom, but when she changes her mind, he was gone, so she began to seek him 5:2-8

B. A Reminder of His Value: In the bride’s search for her husband she came across the harem who reminded her of how much he meant to her inspiring her to break out into an ecstatic description of him 5:9-16

C. An Intuitive Confirmation of Resolution: When the harem asks the Shulamite where Solomon is, she replies that his is in his favorite garden and that their relationship is secure 6:1-3

D. Resolution Realized: When the bride went down to the garden to seek Solomon, he saw her and broke out into compliments of her bringing about the resolution of their relationship 6:4-13

V.  Deepening and Maturity of Marriage over Time.  Although the love of Solomon and his bride deepens with new expressions that reflect personal growth, and although there is much to remember in the preparation of the Shulamite for this time, there is still room for patience and growth in their relationship 7:1–8:14

A. Deepening of Love: Love deepens between Solomon and his Shulamite bride as he expresses his love for her in terms of her newly found royalty and she feels free to express her love to him in the fields and vineyards, but patience is still needed for their love to develop even more deeply on a daily bases 7:1–8:4

1. Solomon’s Expression of Love: Once again (after about a year from their courtship [cf. 2:12–7:12]) Solomon describes the physical beauty of his wife in a way which affirms her personal growth, probably in their bedroom 7:1-9

a. The Royal Beauty of Solomon’s Wife: 7:1-6

b. Solomon’s Desire: 7:7-9

2. The Shulamite’s Initial Response: The Shulamite woman responds to Solomon’s words by offering herself to him, but not where they now are, rather in the fields and vineyards 7:10-13

3. The Shulamite’s Continual Response: The Shulamite woman expressed her desire to constantly show her affection for Solomon as she does for a natural brother in public, but again affirms that love must develop naturally 8:1-4

B. Maturity of Marriage: The love of Solomon and the Shulamite woman in its maturity has much to remember and yet room to grow 8:5-14

1. Setting: As Solomon and his bride approach her old home, the villagers seem to be surprised to see her with Solomon as his bride 8:5a

2. Remembering Their First Meeting: As Solomon and his bride approach her old home, Solomon reminisces about their first meeting 8:5b

3. The Desire of Solomon’s Wife: Solomon’s wife desires to be his most prized possession 8:6-7

4. Care of Her Brothers: The bride recalls how her brothers took an interest in her purity and then how it was that she was pure and found favor in Solomon’s eyes 8:8-10

5. A Request to Remember Her Family: The bride describes how it was that she and her family worked for Solomon but now she offers her life to Solomon and only asks that he remember her family: 8:11-12

6. Enduring Love: Solomon and his bride describe the durability and freshness of their love as in the day they met 8:13-14

Ecclesiastes from Heidi

Ecclesiastes…

Okay, so off the bat I’m having trouble understanding these words because I don’t know who is writing them. I missed verse one and had to go back. :- ) Solomon. It is interesting to me that the wisdom he asked for and was granted is now meaningless to him BECAUSE he realizes that life without the Lord is worth nothing. I like this message! He had more than anyone in the world in smarts, riches, wives, etc. and yet he realizes that none of it matters! He can’t take it with him when he dies.

Ecclesiastes 2:18-19 I can see his point about having worked so hard and as he ponders death, realizes that he has no control over what happens to his accomplishments when he is gone. This is such a great book of the Bible concerning placing our value in eternal things rather than earthly things. Sure, we all have a purpose here to fulfill and that isn’t to be taken lightly or considered meaningless, (Ecclesiastes 5:18-20) but our real treasures won’t be what we leave here on earth.

Ecclesiastes 3:11…”He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” This is sure true.

Ecclesiastes 5:2 “God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.” I thought of Job again here. He went rambling on and on in his distress and then when confronted by God he realized he needed to shut up because he had no idea what he was talking about. In the same way, we can all be such whiners, can’t we? Not that we don’t have reason…but God’s plan is not always our plan and everything isn’t always about us.

Ecclesiastes 7:3 How is sorrow better than laughter and a sad face good for the heart? The only thing I can think of here is that we are able to learn how to reach out to others during grief and it takes the focus off of ourselves. Other than that, sorrow and sadness don’t seem to go with the words better and good.

Ecclesiastes 7:10 “Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions. I guess we shouldn’t use the phrase “the good ole days” huh?

Ecclesiastes 7:29 “This only have I found: God made mankind upright, but men have gone in search of many schemes.” Ever wonder why God allowed us freedom of choice? I know why…because he loves us and wants to be relational with us. He didn’t want robots. Yet he sure could have spared himself serious heartache had he created robots. Shows us how much he loves us, huh?

Ecclesiastes 9:9 “Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love..” Um, doesn’t he mean WIVES? :- )

Ecclesiastes 9:12 “As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in a snare, so men are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them.” Isn’t this so true and sad? We do all share a common destiny of death and we are all subject to evil because of sin. I felt that this verse was somewhat comforting and at the same time depressing. Comforting because it is an explanation/reminder of why bad things happen. Depressing because bad things happen.

Ecclesiastes 10:2 “The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.” Okay, two thoughts. I have noticed that the bible often refers to “the right hand of God” or “seated to the right” and have wondered the significance of the right vs. left. What’s favored about the right? I read in a commentary that in ancient thought, the right hand was the place of honor and favor, while the left hand was the reverse. So, now I see why God uses this as a reference and why Jesus is seated at the right hand of God. My second thought was of a political nature…right wing is wise and left wing is foolish. Ha ha! :- )

Ecclesiastes 10:18 “If a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle, the house leaks.” This is interesting. I know of a few leaky houses. :- )

Ecclesiastes 11:7 “Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.” Amen to that! That is why I love being in the Sunshine State.

Ecclesiastes 12 All I can think of when reading this is a Kent Henry song where he read this scripture with total intensity. :- ) The song says, “The conclusion when all has been heard, is fear God and keep his commandments.”

Heidi’s Thoughts on Proverbs

PROVERBS

So, Proverbs is about wisdom. I read in a commentary that Solomon wrote most of the Proverbs and actually many more that were not recorded in the Bible. Here is what stood out to me from Chapters 8-31.

· Proverbs 18:14 “A man’s spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit, who can bear?” I thought of Job here. I also thought about how many people lose their will to survive when they are under stressful health related circumstances because their spirits are crushed. It’s not always the health of the body that kills.

· Proverbs 18:2 “A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.” This was thought provoking to me as I record and read thoughts on reading through the Bible with others. It was a good reminder that we ought to be careful about listening to what God is saying verses what we think or feel.

· Proverbs 19:8 “He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; he who cherishes understanding prospers.” I started thinking about the love I have for my own soul. Not in a prideful way but in a loving way. Do I cherish my soul enough to seek wisdom in all circumstances?

· Proverbs 20:19 “A gossip betrays a confidence so avoid a man who talks too much.” This verse always convicts me since I’m prone to gossip. I was going to say it’s because I’m a woman but that’s an excuse. Regardless, it’s a good reminder to be a listener rather than a talker.

· Proverbs 21:30 “There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord.” That’s good stuff. May I remember this whenever I attempt to gain something selfishly. A good example of this is when I wanted to become pregnant. With both of my children I was impatient when I didn’t conceive in my timing. My plan was not working because it was not the Lord’s plan.

· Proverbs 22:26-27 “Do not be a man who strikes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts; if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you.” I couldn’t help but think of Dave Ramsey when I read this! I thought of Dave only because he is the man who assisted us in changing our thinking about being in debt and thus helped us get out of it! How wise these verses are.

· Proverbs 23:9 “Do not speak to a fool, for he will scorn the wisdom of your words.” How many times has this happened?! Ever get into a conversation with someone who is clearly senseless and yet out of frustration you lose your ability to speak intelligently or with the wisdom you know you have about the matter? Yes, that’s is because this verse is true. Fools scorn wisdom and it is frustrating!

· Proverbs 23:17 “Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord.” Who hasn’t envied a sinner a time or two? It’s hard not to when a person appears to be gaining in spite of their sin. I appreciated this reminder that fearing the Lord should be our top priority as we believe that our reward is found in eternity.

· Proverbs 23:29-35 I found it interesting that these verses addressed drinking excessively. It was kind of funny to read because it’s so true.

· Proverbs 24:10 “If you falter in times of trouble, how little your strength.” The temptation is always there to give up hope or give into sin in troubling times. I think a great message here is that it isn’t about “your” strength. It is about relying on God’s strength within us.

· Proverbs 25:17 “Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house- too much of you and he will hate you.” Ever had a nosy neighbor/family member/stalker? Or a friend who doesn’t know when to go home? I never want to be an imposition on someone else. This is a good reminder. Boundaries people, boundaries.

· Proverbs 26:17 “Like one who seizes a dog by the ears is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not his own.” Another great reminder to stay out of other people’s drama. Sometimes I tend to want to “help” or “rescue” or offer my advice. Not a good idea. If it doesn’t concern me then I don’t need to be a part of it. This of course excludes solicited counsel as I’m more talking about butting in without being asked or butting in when it’s clear I shouldn’t.

· Proverbs 27:5 “Better is open rebuke than hidden love.” What a great verse.

· Proverbs 30:5 “Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.” I guess I liked this verse because I consider the entire Bible to be the word of God. He allowed it to be printed and he instilled and inspired the words to be written.

· So, I was wondering who Agur and Lemuel are since I’ve never heard of them before the Proverbs. They apparently don’t appear to be Israelites from what my commentary suggests and are somewhat of a mystery. It does say that “Agur’s name does appear in Sabean inscriptions, and in light of that foreign source, it is interesting that the teachings of Agur include some of the most religiously oriented of all the proverbs in the book.”

· Proverbs 31…the wife of noble character. So many women today resent this Proverb. They feel it is based on old tradition and their independent feathers get ruffled when they read it. Well, I guess what I get out of it is that this woman is something to aspire toward as she is clearly striving to be wise in all areas of life. It seems like she is not only wise in the running of her household (making the most of every opportunity and meeting the needs of her family) but she is wise in matters of business (buying fields and planting things), which can be symbolically applied to today’s working woman. Because of her wisdom, she receives praise in her community and at home. So, it isn’t all that bad now, is it? :- ) Nobody’s saying she has to be home, barefoot and pregnant her whole life. She leads by example and is ultimately rewarded by everyone who comes in contact with her!

We’re half way there!!!

Today is day 45- only 45 more days to go!  Congratulations to everyone who has managed to continue with their reading.  Hope to see and/or talk with you all soon…

Serena

Psalms that spoke to Heidi

PSALMS that spoke to me: (I didn’t put notes next to these but they were all personal to me in some way)

1:2 “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” This is what we’re doing!!!

3:8 “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

5:11 “But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.”

7:17 “I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high.”

8:2 “From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise…”

8:6 “You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet.”

9:9 “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.”

10:14 “But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.”

10:17-18 “You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more.”

12:6 “And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times.”

13:5 “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation”

14:2 “The Lord looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.”

15:4 “…who keeps his oath even when it hurts…”

16:2 “I said to the Lord, You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.”

16:11 “You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”

17:3 “…I have resolved that my mouth will not sin.”

17:6 “I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer.”

18:16 “He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.”

19:13-14 “Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

20:4-5 “May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. We will shout for joy when you are victories and will lift up our banners in the name of our God.”

22:1 “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

22:10 “From birth I was cast upon you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God.”

22:24 “For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.”

24:1 “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;”

25:3 “No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame, but they will be put to shame who are treacherous without excuse.”

25:5 “guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”

25:7 “Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O Lord.

25:14 “The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.”

25:21 “May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope is in you.”

27:10 “Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.”

27:13 “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

29:11 “The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.”

30:2 “O Lord my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.”

30:12 “that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.”

31:9 “Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief.”

32:5 “Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity.”

33:20 “We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.”

34:4 “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.”

34:18 “The Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man ay have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.”

37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

34:7 “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.”

34:8…”do not fret- it only leads to evil.”

40:1 “I waited patiently for the Lord…”

42:5 “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why are you disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”

44:21 “would God not have discovered it, since he knows the secrets of the heart?”

46:6 “Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.”

46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God;”

48:14 “For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.”

49:15 “But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself.”

50:23 “He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.”

51:16-17 “You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it: you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”

52:9 “I will praise you forever for what you have done; in your name I will hope, for your name is good.”

55:16 “But I call to God, and the Lord saves me.”

55:23 “But as for me, I trust in you.”

56:13 “For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.”

62:11-12 “One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving.”

66:10 “For you, O God, tested us; you refined us like silver.”

68:19 “Praise be to the Lord, to our God our Savior who daily bears our burdens.”

71:6 “From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise you.”

71:14 “But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.”

71:20-21 “Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. You will increase my honor and comfort me once again.”

73:24-26 “You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

Psalms 77 is good for anyone going through tragedy.

78:4 “We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power and the wonders he has done.”

78:22-23 “for they did not believe in God or trust in his deliverance. YET…he gave a command to the skies above and opened the doors of the heavens.” (manna)

78:36-39 “But then they would flatter him with their mouths, lying to him with their tongues; their hearts were not loyal to him, they were not faithful to his covenant. YET he was merciful; he forgave their iniquities and did not destroy them. Time after time he restrained him anger and did not stir up his full wrath. He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return.”

79:8 “Do not hold against us the sins of the fathers; may your mercy come quickly to meet us, for we are in desperate need.”

81:8 “if you would but listen to me, O Israel!”

84:5 “Blessed are those whose strength is in you.”

84:12 “O Lord Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you.”

86:3 “Have mercy on me O Lord, for I call to you all day long.”

86;11 “…give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.”

89:2 “I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself.”

90:10 “The length o our days is seventy years, or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass and we fly away.”

90:12 “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

91:1 He who dwells in the shadow of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”

91:11 “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;”

93:2 “Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity.”

94:11 “The Lord knows the thoughts of man; he knows that they are futile.”

98:1 “Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things;”

102:17 “He will respond to the prayer of the destitute; he will not despise their plea.”

103:10 “He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.”

103:13 “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;”

105:3 “…let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.”

Psalm 106 is a good recap about Israel.

107:43 “Whoever is wise, let him heed these things and consider the love of the Lord.”

111:10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.”

112:4 “Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man.”

112:7 “He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.”

1143:9 “He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children.”

113:16 “The highest heavens belong to the Lord but the earth he has given to man.”

116:15 “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.”

118:17 “I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done.”

119:5 “Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees.”

119:11 “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

119:18 “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.”

119:20 “My soul is CONSUMED with LONGING FOR YOUR LAWS at ALL TIMES.”

119:27-28 “Let me understand the teaching of your precepts; then I will meditate on your wonders. My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.”

119:50 “My comfort in suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.”

119:17 “It is good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.”

119:8 “…but I have put my hope in your word.”

119:97 “Oh how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.”

119:99 “I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statues.”

119:104 “I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path.”

119:112 “My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end.”

119:130 “The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.”

119:133 “Direct my footsteps according to your word;”

119:143 “Trouble and distress have come upon me, but your commands are my delight.”

119:152 “Long ago I learned your statutes that you established them to last forever.”

119:164 ”Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous laws.”

119:175 “Let me live that I may praise you, and may your laws sustain me.”

121:7 “The Lord will keep you from all harm- he will watch over your life.”

126:3 “The Lord has done great things for us, we are filled with joy.”

127:3 “Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him.” 127:5 “Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.”

130:3 “If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?”

130:5 “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope.”

138:13-16 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

138:23-24 “Search me O God and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

145:18 “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”

145:21 “My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise his holy name forever and ever.”

147:3-4 “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars can calls them each by name.”

147:11 “The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.”

150:6 “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.”

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