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Got some catchin’ up to do………

This past Friday was October 2nd – no post – headache was in its 6th week – saw nurse practitioner at 8:45 a.m.   But, this post is NOT about the headache.  Aren’t you glad!  (When our son called Sunday afternoon, I told him I had not suffered alone.  The Whole Worldwide Web knew!  Well, the three people who clicked on the site, anyway.)

This is about some of the words in Psalm 32 – read on the 2nd of each month.

It is a song of David, the beloved.  (“Beloved” is the meaning of his name.)

It is a “Maskil” song – instructive, that is, a didactic poem.  It is a “teaching” song meant to be contemplated. 

So, like children songs and some of our hymns,  one could sing this psalm over and over and be learning doctrine and instructions in righteousness at the same time. 

(I am adding some “Mary thinks” at this point.  The music director must be mature enough in the Word of God to be able to select hymns that teach and bless the singers.  Granted, this is most difficult in this generation.  Songs have been created to be ones that appeal to the emotions with often repeated phrases.  There are some older hymns with verses doctrinally accurate.  And, there are some psalms that have been put to music.)       Nuff – on we go:

 First two verses for you:

 Ps 32:1¶ (A Psalm of David. A Maskil.) How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered!
 Ps 32:2 How blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit!

The “blessed” in these two verses is “‘esher.”  It is an interjection, exclaiming “how happy!” – “how blessed!”  This is “jump for joy” happy!

FYI – There is another word for “blessed” – “ber-ak’ ” – meaning –   A primitive root; to kneel; by implication to bless God (as an act of adoration), and (vice-versa) man (as a benefit)

So, what is there to jump for joy?  I will paste the verses again and color in the key words to consider.

 Ps 32:1¶ (A Psalm of David. A Maskil.) How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered!
 Ps 32:2 How blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit!

“transgression” – to break away from authority, rebellion, revolt, to sin against lawful authority

“sin” – offense, to miss the mark (Judges 20:16), also, of the feet to stumble and fall, morally, a coming short.  An act of thought, word, or deed, not a condition.

“iniquity” – to crook, pervert, specially connected with idolatry; a course of bad conduct flowing from the evil desires of fallen nature.

“deceit”–   (“guile” in KJV) –  to betray, be lax, slack,

The rebellion and sin against lawful authority needs to be “forgiven” – lifted and carried away.

My missing the mark, stumbling, and coming short need to be “covered” – concealed, hidden.

My idolatry, self-consciousness and self-centeredness do not need to be charged against me – “imputed.”

And, the innermost part of my being must be free of betrayal, deceit, and malice.

THEN     –     HOLD ME DOWN!!     –       I’M JUMPING FOR JOY!!

I have just been reminded of Jude 24.  Here it is in the NASB: Jude 1:24 – “ Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy,”

I did a word study one time and wrote my paraphrase like this:  “Continuing the preceeding thoughts – with your participation and cooperation and by my building a fortress of isolation around you – The Mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ is presently enabling you not to fall away from the salvation of your soul in order to stand you directly in front of the presence of the Glory of Him without blemish, blame, or fault from Him, as you jump for joy!”

For now, I weep for joy with hope for the above and close with verse 25:

Jude 1:25 – “to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time (as to the past) and now (as to the present) and forever (lit.: “into every age”). Amen.”

 

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October 6, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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