GOOD MORNING SIBLINGS!
Today’s readings are Psalms 70-73.
I feel like I’m just feasting every day when we open up the Word, don’t you? Fills my soul and satisfies like nothing else!
•Psalm 70 is a repeat of Psalm 40: 14-17
With just a few word variations. Look it up, pretty cool!
•Psalm 71 : Some believe that Jeremiah wrote this Psalm, although we don’t know definitively. Reading it, though, we can see that it was written by an older man who is both looking back on his life and forward on his legacy – with hopes of that being one of bringing praise and honor to the Father for generations to come. It’s beautiful.
This Psalm is filled with foreshadows of the Messiah. Do you see all of them? Our beloved Messiah is ALL OVER the Bible from Genesis to Genuine Leather!
(thanks, Sandy Lewis Howell, you know I love that phrase now!)
This Psalm opens with the statement “Truly God is good to Israel…” and then goes on to equate Israel with those who are pure of heart.
This is, in the opinion of many scholars (and my own) a reference to Israel in the eyes of YHWH, which is spiritual Israel. Recall that the Father has chosen Israel as His special people, set apart for Him, but that He has always allowed those who would join themselves to Israel to worship and follow Him as their God to be counted as part of that family.
I’ve mentioned this before but want to offer some verses should anyone want to dig deeper.
All of Romans 11, All of Isaiah 56, Romans 2:28-29, are just a few to look into.
And finish this with reading of the New Covenant in Jeremiah 31:31-34
- What are the terms of the new covenant?
- Who is it made with?
These pieces come together to complete the puzzle. Feel free to ask about it in the comments today if it hasn’t become clear to you yet.
A note about me giving you verses that always bears repeating: Anytime someone gives you a verse, take a chapter.
Better yet, take a book.
Better still, take the whole book.
Always, at the very least, check out the verses both before and after the verse given in order to make sure it’s being read in proper context. Never let anyone pick and choose parts of the Bible for you. Go straight to the Word, firsthand, to partake of it’s fullness!
And we end today’s rabbit trails with a passage we should repeat to ourselves over and over.
I am going to commit this one to memory:
Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
you hold my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will receive me to glory.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:23-26
WHOOO!! Isn’t that good stuff? Feasting, I tell ya! We’re feasting on the Word of our Father!
Test everything, hold tight to what is good.~ 1 Thess 5:21
We are saved by Grace alone: Obedience is not the root of our salvation, it is the fruit!
May YHWH bless the reading of His Word!