Category Archives: Study in Psalms for 2015

A year long Study into the Book of Psalms – At least one Psalm per study, Longer Psalms will be broken up over more than one as needed.
From the Desk of Bro Boi In Hawaii

Presidential Prayer Team; J.R. – Service Sidestep

 

Many voters prefer a presidential candidate who has served, and served heroically, in the military. Bill Clinton drew scorn after it was learned he had once said he “loathed” the military, George W. Bush was criticized because he allegedly joined the National Guard to avoid Vietnam. But the history of future presidents sidestepping military service goes way, way back. Chester Arthur and Grover Cleveland both paid a “substitute” the sum of $300 to take their place in the Union Army during the Civil War. It was perfectly legal – though certainly lacking in patriotism by today’s standards.

If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.

Mark 9:35

There is no “substitute” permitted when it comes to the work God has called you to do. It cannot be left to another and it must not be deferred. Supporting the work of the Lord financially – whether it’s the church you attend, a local food pantry, or a missionary on a foreign field – is important, but your first instinct should always be like that of the prophet Isaiah, who said: “Here I am! Send me.” (Isaiah 6:8)

As you pray for America today, tell God you are willing to be a “servant of all.” Be fervent, constant, and rejoicing in your service.

Recommended Reading: Romans 12:9-21

The Book of Psalms – 3rd Psalm

This Study in the Book of Psalms is my look into how The Psalms help me deal with the news and events of the day (Local, State, National and World wide) How it gives me perspective and understanding in this complex and confusing world.

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Psalm 3 – NLT version – A psalm of David, regarding the time David fled from his son Absalom.

1 O Lord, I have so many enemies; so many are against me.

2 So many are saying, “God will never rescue him!” Selah/Interlude

3 But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high.

4 I cried out to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy mountain. Selah/Interlude

5 I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me.

6 I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies who surround me on every side.

7 Arise, O Lord! Rescue me, my God! Slap all my enemies in the face! Shatter the teeth of the wicked!

8 Victory comes from you, O Lord. May you bless your people. Selah/Interlude

King David starts out by being very negative and full of despair. (vs. 1-2) – Or maybe he is showing us he should be full of despair because of what he is up against. Whatever the case it is a perfect example of what I go through with problems. First part is to keep thinking about how big the problem is, looking at it over and over; and really doing nothing else…

Next King David remembers what God does for him and how He has helped him in the past. (vs. 3-4)

Because of God’s Love and protection King David can sleep in safety. (vs.5-6) – How many times has a problem woke us up at 3am to nag us, ruin our sleep and cause worry and doubt. Remember what God has done for you and sleep in safety; Deep and peaceful.

With certainty King David sees that the Victory comes from God. (vs. 7-8)  King David is a lot like us, some days he is good and follows the Lord seeking His will. Other days he sins and falls short. No matter what the case; he knows he is a Child of God and God blesses his people.

Here is a great example for us, the faith and love King David has for God. As it says in the Bible he was a man after God’s heart. Sure he failed, sometimes in very bad ways and suffered many negative consequences. Lots of family problems, deaths, murders and worse followed King David. Yet time and again he would turn back to God, who never grew tired of loving him. God helped him and blessed him through his whole life. We can expect nothing less from God for us. Endless Love and Perfect Grace is ours for being a Child of God.

I think I will have a good night’s sleep tonight, How about you? Will you sleep well tonight? Bro Bo.

Psalm 2 – Last Part – vs: 7 – 12 – NLT version

This Study in the Book of Psalms is my look into how The Psalms helps me deal with the news and events of the day (Local, State, National and World wide) How it gives me perspective and understanding in this complex and confusing world.

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Psalm 2 – Last Part – vs: 7 – 12  –  NLT version

7 The king proclaims the Lord’s decree: “The Lord said to me, ‘You are my son. Today I have become your Father.

8 Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the whole earth as your possession.

9 You will break them with an iron rod and smash them like clay pots.’”

10 Now then, you kings, act wisely! Be warned, you rulers of the earth!

11 Serve the Lord with reverent fear, and rejoice with trembling.

12 Submit to God’s royal son, or he will become angry, and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities—for his anger flares up in an instant. But what joy for all who take refuge in him!

The Bible makes it clear who will win the war and who will lose. Here in this small section of Psalms it plainly states who will end up in charge of the whole earth (vs.8) who is God’s Son (vs.7) and that the nations are His inheritance, the earth His Possession.

I am amazed at the deception and amount of BS that is spread about to cover up the truth. Part of it is the natural state of the world being backwards with good being bad and bad good. I think the other major part has to do with people’s motives, that their desires are so self-centered and egotistical in so many ways. All types of mass media back this up and feed into the “I am so important” mindset.

The result leads to what we see here in psalms, people astray. Out of God’s will, following the Devils way that looks good and is easy. Why work hard, study, learn and spend years to mature into a Christ-like Child of God – When you can just pick it off the low hanging branch, easy fruit of Knowledge; like the one Satan offered to Eve.

Remember the way this Psalm closes out. Be wise, you are warned (vs.10) – Serve and Submit (vs. 11 & 12)

You can avoid God’s wraith (vs. 11) and be joyful for all those who take refuge in Him (vs. 12.)

Ask yourself this simple age old adage – If it is too good to be true, it probably is… Apply it to yourself right now in whatever challenges, questions and problems you are facing… Don’t choose the easy way, choose God’s way and remember who wins in the end.

In this continuing Study of the Book of Psalms we will learn a lot about the Bible and ourselves. Bro Bo.

The Book of Psalms – Psalm 2 – First Part – vs: 1 – 6

This Study in the Book of Psalms is my look into how The Psalms helps me deal with the news and events of the day (Local, State, National and World wide) How it gives me perspective and understanding in this complex and confusing world.

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Psalm 2 – First Part – vs: 1 – 6  –  NLT version

1 Why are the nations so angry?  Why do they waste their time with futile plans?

2 The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the Lord and against his anointed one.

3 “Let us break their chains,” they cry, “and free ourselves from slavery to God.”

4 But the one who rules in heaven laughs. The Lord scoffs at them.

5 Then in anger he rebukes them, terrifying them with his fierce fury.

6 For the Lord declares, “I have placed my chosen king on the throne in Jerusalem, on my holy mountain.”

The Second Psalm continues to serve as an Introduction to the book of Psalms. It states two cases for the world and its leaders, during King David’s time and in the future for the return of our Lord Jesus.

So much of the world today is against God, Christianity and the Bible. For centuries the Bible, God’s Holy Word has explained about truth and morality, the Sanctity of Life and the importance of Men’s “free will” …

Like it says in our Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” These come from God. Remove God and now men have no rights. How happy that makes the governments that want to control the people.

Think about all the current governments around the world today and see how much freedom there is for their people. This freedom is directly proportional to governments with constitutions based on judeo/christen values. No Values = No Freedoms!

Those opposed to God don’t even know why they are fighting against Him.  They are embracing a slavery far worse than the reality of a Biblical Life. The deception is near complete in the world today. The Government / Media Complex and system of Political Correctness have changed Bad for Good.

The world’s has a problem. There is an Anger that is spreading, the governments prepare for a Battle and Cry for Freedom against the system. vs. 1-3

Remember the Old Saying, Careful what you ask for, you just might get it…

God is laughing at them vs. 4 and turning them over to their own kind…

He has already declared who the real King of Kings and Lord of Lords is… vs. 6

Which side will you be found standing on when Jesus comes back? – Bro Bo

The Book of Psalms – 1st Psalm

This Study in the Book of Psalms is my look into how The Psalms helps me deal with the news and events of the day (Local, State, National and World wide) How it gives me perspective and understanding in this complex and confusing world.

I am not a Bible Scholar giving a commentary on the scriptures. There are many of those and I encourage you to look up and study any scriptures God lays on your heart. My purpose is to develop perspective and help with discerning the world’s wisdom and how it compares and contrasts against God’s.

Please read through Psalm 1 a few times and really think about what it is saying…

 

Psalm 1 NLT version

1 Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.

2 But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night.

3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.

4 But not the wicked! They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind.

5 They will be condemned at the time of judgment. Sinners will have no place among the godly.

6 For the Lord watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.

Psalm 1 AMP version

1 Blessed (happy, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather.

2 But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night.

3 And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity].

4 Not so the wicked [those disobedient and living without God are not so]. But they are like the chaff [worthless, dead, without substance] which the wind drives away.

5 Therefore the wicked [those disobedient and living without God] shall not stand [justified] in the judgment, nor [b]sinners in the congregation of the righteous [those who are upright and in right standing with God].

6 For the Lord knows and is fully acquainted with the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly [those living outside God’s will] shall perish (end in ruin and come to naught).

 

This first Psalm gives us an Intro into the book of Psalms.  It sets the stage clearly on which path we should follow. Who we should believe has the truth and what will happen to you because of your choices.

It is so easy today to listen to the “wise” people in government and on TV. The information from the internet and from all the experts; like doctors, lawyers, psychiatrists, counselors etc. Someone will always know better and will be only too happy to tell you about it.

Sometimes they may even have good advice but; I think, most times not so much.

This will be one of my big areas of concern, what the Experts have to say and how it compares to God’s Words here in the Psalms.

So to start things off in the Book of Psalms, let’s be clear. There are two paths to choose, one is God’s way and the other is not God’s way. Today in this world everything is upside down and backwards. Good is bad and evil is good. Many of the rich, wealthy and successful famous people use the wisdom of the world to succeed, and they will have their rewards here in this world. I also feel that almost all of them are not really happy, true happiness eludes them. A very sad example would be Robin Williams suicide.

There is no guaranty of wealth, success and fame under God’s way, as a matter of fact; I think God’s way will be harder and more difficult; but in the end well worth it. Looking closely at vs. 3 we can see what can happen for us.

This analogy of the fruitful tree in due season will come up many times in these studies.

It takes time, we must be patience as we learn and grow to becoming more “Christ like”. In this way we become well grounded, like the tree by the river. Deep roots into the Living Water will help us produce the fruit God desires for us at the right time. It all takes time.

We need to have a LONG range view, we are collecting rewards in Heaven, where there will be no wicked who are worthless. Please check your salvation, make sure you know Jesus as your personal savior and like it says in vs.2 Desire/delight in the Word, Study and Ponder/meditating on it daily…

This is a very good start – Bro Bo