Saturday, 30 January 2016

Psalm 76-80

Here's how the study works: Read the chapters mentioned in the heading during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for several chapters creates the opportunity to revisit them and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

76:12 He breaks the spirit of rulers; he is feared by the kings of the earth.

In the Amplified: He will cut off the spirit [of pride and fury] of princes; He is terrible to the [ungodly] kings of the earth.

God is feared by leaders who act from their pride and fury because God challenges their attitudes whereas he saves the 'afflicted' (v.9).

Susan said...

77:12-13 I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds. Your ways, God, are holy. What god is as great as our God?

We need to take time to consider all God's works and all his deeds, to look at the 'big picture' of God's purposes.

He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he (Deuteronomy 32:4).

Susan said...

78:20 True, he struck the rock, and water gushed out, streams flowed abundantly, but can he also give us bread? Can he supply meat for his people?

78:27 He rained meat down on them like dust, birds like sand on the seashore.

78:32-33 In spite of all this, they kept on sinning; in spite of his wonders, they did not believe. So he ended their days in futility and their years in terror.

Faith is supposed to build on past experiences. God has kept us in the past and will do so in the future and if I don't trust God my days will end in futility.

Susan said...

79:1-2 O God, the nations have invaded your inheritance; they have defiled your holy temple, they have reduced Jerusalem to rubble. They have left the dead bodies of your servants as food for the birds of the sky, the flesh of your own people for the animals of the wild.

79:5 How long, Lord? Will you be angry forever? How long will your jealousy burn like fire?

"your" inheritance … "your" holy temple … "your" servants … "your" own people.

It's all God's and we are stewards but we have the freedom to sin. Nevertheless there are consequences when we do, yet God does not stay angry forever.

Susan said...

80:7 Restore us, God Almighty; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.

Only if God restores us will be saved. We need to be good receivers of all God gives – receive his restoration, receive his gift of repentance.