Psalms 130-131

Psalms 130-131

Chapter 130: O, Lord… hear us.

A Song of degrees

                “…there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.” (Psalms 130:4) Those who fear the Lord and do wrong in His eyes, can be forgiven quicker.

Chapter 131: Be Like Little Children

A Song of degrees

                “…my heart is not haughty (arrogant), nor mine eyes lofty (proud): neither do I exercise myself in great matters… I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother…” (Psalms 131:1-2)

Be like little children and do not be arrogant or proud.

 

Psalms 128-129

Psalms 128-129

Chapter 128: Walk in the ways of the Lord

A Song of degrees

                “Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine… thy children like olive plants round about thy table… thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord” (Psalms 128:3-4)

If a man fears the Lord and follows His commandments… that same man will be blessed and his wife and children will also be blessed.

Chapter 129: Those who are confounded

A Song of degrees

                “Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth: yet they have no prevailed against me” (Psalms 129:2). Many of us have been through hard times in our lives and might have even ran into some enemies. But if we trust the Lord those that afflict us will not prevail against us.

 

Psalms 126-127

Psalms 126-127

Chapter 126: The Lord is great

A Song of degrees

                The Lord has done great things for the children of Israel. The children of Israel were glad because of this.

Chapter 127: Children of God

A Song of degrees of Solomon

                “…children are an heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is his reward” (Psalms 127:3)

The children are very important and from the minute blood enter into a fetus; there is no doubt that we have HUMAN LIFE. Abortion is not an option.

The Church came out with an official statement regarding Abortion:

“The Church opposes abortion and counsels its members not to submit to or perform an abortion except in the rare cases where, in the opinion of competent medical counsel, the life or good health of the mother is seriously endangered or where pregnancy was caused by rape and produces serious emotional trauma in the mother. Even then it should be done only after counseling with the local presiding priesthood authority and after receiving divine confirmation through prayer.”

Psalms 124-125

Psalms 124-125

Chapter 124: Israel’s Help is the Lord

A Song of degrees of David

                If the Lord would not have been with the ancient Israelites, they would have been killed by their enemies, the Lord who created the heavens and the earth is their help.

Chapter 125: Trust in the Lord

A Song of degrees

                “They that trust the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth forever” (Psalms 125:1) If we put our trust in the Lord, we will be like a mountain… steadfast and immovable. None of our enemies can triumph over us.

Psalms 122-123

Psalms 122-123

Chapter 122: Give Thanks unto Him.

A Song of degrees of David

                David tells his audience to go to the house of the Lord and seek God. There you will find peace.

Chapter 123: Plead for mercy.

A Song of degrees

                David tells his audience to look up to the Lord and plead for his mercy. If you do something wrong, you should be filled with contempt.

Psalms 120-121

Psalms 120-121

Chapter 120: I am for Peace, but they want War.

A Song of degrees

                In this Psalm the author is most likely to be David. But that is not important, what is important is that when everyone around you want war (or wants to contend with you) you can find Peace in the Lord through prayer.

Chapter 121: The Lord will persevere from evil.

A Song of degrees

                The Lord will keep Israel. The Lord will preserve you from all evil and through that He will preserve your soul.

 

Psalms 119

Psalms 119

Chapter 119: The Laws of God

Psalms 119 is the largest Psalm in all of the Psalms, the author is unnamed; most historians however, almost universally say it is a Psalm of David, composed throughout his entire life. The Psalm does not flow perfectly from one Psalm to another, which means that if it were written by David, it was written over his life and then compiled later.

The Psalm is arranged in an acrostic pattern. There are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet, and this Psalm contains 22 units of 8 verses each. Each of the 22 sections is given to a letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and each line in that section begins with that letter. The closest parallel to this pattern in Scripture is found in Lamentations 3, which is also divided into 22 sections.

Because this is a Psalm glorifying God and His Word, it refers to Scripture over and over again. The psalm is remarkable for how often it refers to God’s written revelation.

In this Psalm there are 8 basic words used to describe the Scriptures, God’s written revelation to us:

  • Law (torah, used 25 times):  Its parent verb means ‘teach’ or ‘direct’; therefore coming from God it means both ‘law’ and ‘revelation.’
  • Word (dabar, used 24 times): The idea is of the spoken word, God’s revealed word to man.
  • Judgments (mispatim, used 23 times)
  • Testimonies (edut/edot, used 23 times): This word is related to the word for witness.
  • Commandments (miswah/miswot, used 22 times)
  • Statutes (huqqim, used 21 times): The noun is derived from the root verb “engrave” or “inscribe”; the idea is of the written word of God and the authority of His written word.
  • Precepts (piqqudim, used 21 times): (principle: a rule, instruction, or principle that guides somebody’s actions, especially one that guides moral behavior)
  • Word (imrah, used 19 times): Similar in meaning to dabar, yet a different term. More of a promise from the Lord.

Being such a long Psalm – and the longest chapter in the Bible – this Psalm has been of some historical note. There have been many lengthy works written on this Psalm. I hope that I can give a simple, yet in depth understanding of this Psalm.

א Aleph (1-8)

In beginning to describe man’s blessedness, the Psalmist starts with the idea that being undefiled in the way is a blessing. “Blessed are they… that seek him with the whole heart.” (Psalms 119:2)

ב Beth (9-16)

                Ponder the precepts and ways of the Lord. The author tells us; “I will… have respect unto thy ways… I will not forget thy word” (Psalms 119:15-16)

                This reminds me of the scripture in Isaiah 55:8; “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways me ways, saith the Lord” We need to remember that even when we don’t understand a commandment, we must obey them anyways. We cannot pick and chose what commandments we will follow. We must follow them all and have respect for them.

ג Gimel (17-24)

                The author asks the Lord to help “Open… [our]…eyes, that [we] may behold wondrous things out of thy law.” (Psalms 119:18) Many people in the world keep their eyes shut out of fear or ignorance. We must open them and see the truth.

ד Daleth (25-32)

                “…teach me thy statutes. Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so I shall talk of thy wondrous works” (Psalms 119:26-27)

This reminds me of the LDS Hymn: I am a child of God.

“Lead me, guide me, walk beside me, Help me find the way. Teach me all that I must do. To live with him someday.” (LDS Hymns, 301)

ה He (33-40)

                “Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end” (Psalms 119:33)

We need to learn, understand and practice the commandments which the Lord has given to us. If we do this we can be blessed.

ו Vau (41-48)

                The Lord gives us mercy, truth and salvation. The author says; “I will speak of ty testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.” (Psalms 119:46) We need to be able to give testimony, even before people that might not favor our testimony. Be not afraid to testify.

 

ז Zain (49-56)

“This is my comfort in my afflication: for thy word hath quickened me.” (Psalms 119:50) If we follow the commandments of the Lord, we will find peace and joy.

ח Cheth (57-64)

                “I am a companion of all them that fear thee [the Lord], and of them that keep thy precepts” (Psalms 119:63) we should make friends that love and fear the Lord and keep His commandments. I think it is even more important to have a companion (husband or wife) who also fears the Lord.

ט Teth (65-72)

                “Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.” (Psalms 119:66) Ask the Lord for his good judgment, and for His knowledge.

י Jod (73-80)

                “Let my heart be sound in thy statues; that I be not ashamed” (Psalms 119:80) We need to pray that the Lord will keep our heart strong, because we may feel out of place in a world that doesn’t hold to the values, statutes or commandments of the Lord.

כ Caph (81-88)

                Those who do not follow the commandments of the Lord will persecute those who do follow the Lord. Pray to the Lord to be lifted up, so that they may not consume you.

ל Lamed (89-96)

                “For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth. They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants” (Psalms 119:89-91)

The above scripture is often used by many to claim that the Bible is the ULTIMATE Word of God and that it is PERFECT and will ENDURE forever. Other scriptures that some may use to explain how perfect the Bible is would be: Isaiah 55:11 and Mark 13:31.

I do agree with the scriptures in the sense that God’s WORD will not pass away. But I don’t believe that the Bible is 100% of God’s WORD, nor do I believe that it has been translated correctly. In LDS belief the 8th Article of Faith says: “We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly…” I don’t believe that the Bible is translated correctly and throughout thousands of years too much has been changed or lost to take every word literally.

מ Mem (97-104)

                “I have more understanding than all my teachers… I understand more than the ancients, because I kept thy precepts” (Psalms 119:99-100) If we put our faith in the Lord, by following His commandments, we can become more knowledgable. Knowledge can be gained in this life, however a full knowledge of life and everything else can never be gained without God.

נ Nun (105-112)

                “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalms 119:105)

If we put the Lord’s words into action, we will find our paths (lives) much more illuminated and full of joy.

ס Samech (113-120)

                “I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love” (Psalms 119:113) Hate wickedness and Love God and His commandments.

ע Ain (121-128)

                “I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies” (Psalms 119:125)

We are all servants of the Lord and in order to fulfill our purpose as servants (or missionaries) we must pray to have His understanding to know the gospel.

פ Pe (129-136)

                “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.” (Psalms 119:130) God’s Word or His Gospel are so simple to understand that even the most simple/humble person can understand.

While serving a 2 year mission in Honduras for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I found that the most uneducated, illiterate person could understand the simple truthes of the Gospel more than the most educated and “complex” person.

צ Tzaddi (137-144)

                “The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live” (Psalms 119:144) If we have the Lord’s understanding we will live a longer life and in the end live forever with Him in His kingdom. God and His testimony (or Gospel) is forever.

ק Koph (145-152)

                The Lord’s testimonies are founded forever. All of God’s commandments are full of truth.

ר Resh (153-160)

                “Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth forever.” (Psalms 119:160)

God’s word is forever, even if man distorts changes or removes important parts of the Bible. God’s word is also not limited to one single book. This is something important that we must remember. God’s canon of scripture is not closed.

ש Schin (161-168)

                “I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love” (Psalms 119:163) the author; who is most likely “David” hated lying and told the Lord that he hated it. The Lord himself also hates lying and it is a reminder for us all to keep from lies and abound in God’s commandments.

ת Tau (169-176)

                All of the Lord’s commandments are in righteousness. We need to delight in His law and have our souls saved through His salvation.

 

Psalms 117-118

Psalms 117-118

Chapter 117: The Truth Endureth forever.

Praise the Lord and know that His truth endures forever!

Chapter 118: The Head Stone

“It is better to put trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man” (Psalms 118:8)

                We need to understand that the Lord and His truth enure forever. Men will always try to deceive and tell us what is right. But we need to take strict heed to the counsel of this verse. Do not put our trust or confidence in man, but only in the Lord.

“The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.” (Psalms 118:22) Jesus is the headstone, so we read; the man which the people refused, became the Saviour of man. This is essentially the same thing. It would be like construction workers refusing to accept the only stone that would complete and hold up their structure and by placing anything else their as the “head stone” the building will not stand.

We know that this verse is referring to Jesus because later in Acts 4:10-11 we read; “Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner”

                Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.

Psalms 115-116

Psalms 115-116

Chapter 115: Idols are False Gods

Our God is in the heavens and not an Idol. In this Psalm the author explains why idols are False God’s.

“Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not: They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat” (Psalm 115:4-7)

                In other words, the author is telling us that idols are not god’s or even The God, because they cannot speak, hear, walk or feel. God the Father is like us, He has a body of flesh and blood. The only difference is that His body is perfected.  We are blessed of the Lord and we should always praise him and not idols, made by human hands.

Chapter 116: Precious in the eyes of the Lord, the Death of the Saints

The author starts off this Psalm by saying that he loves the Lord, because he hears his voice of supplication. He tells us that he will always call upon the Lord. The Lord preserves the simple and will help in times of trouble. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints” (Psalms 116:15)

Psalms 113-114

Psalms 113-114

Chapter 113: Who is like unto the Lord?

The Lord is high above all nations and His glory is above the heavens! He helps the barren women have children to become a mother; He is forever and should always be praised! Who truly, is like unto the Lord?

Chapter 114: The Lord Governs the Sea and the Land

The Lord governs the sea and the land for the blessing of His children. He can make the “…mountains skip[ped] like rams, and the little hills like lambs…” (Psalm 114:4)