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TRANSFORM YOUR PRAYER LIFE IN 2014 WITH THE PSALMS!

 PRAYINGPSALMSJOIN THIS WONDERFUL GROUP ON A LIFE-CHANGING ADVENTURE IN 2014!

MAKE YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION TO PRAY THE PSALMS WITH UNDERSTANDING, AND FIND SUPPORT HERE!

YOU WILL BE BLESSED

 LIKE TREES PLANTED BY THE LIVING WATER

SO THAT, NO MATTER WHAT LIFE BRINGS,

YOU WILL NOT WITHER

FOR YOUR ROOTS WILL GO DEEP INTO CHRIST

WHY PRAY THE PSALMS?

I realize many of you are in other studies, and I am going to be careful not to overwhelm you so that you can join us.  We are not going to race through the psalms, but instead walk contemplatively through the first book  (Psalms 1 through 41). I recommend, even if you cannot do all of the study, to add praying through the psalms to transform your prayer life with power and wisdom. Saints like Basil, Bonhoeffer, and Bono have prayed the psalms as a habit, and we should pay attention to how this formed them into the kind of men that bore such rich fruit, including the fruit of inextinguishable joy.

This quote from Bonhoeffer has been a life-changing one for me:

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Bonhoeffer

It is a dangerous error, certainly very widespread among Christians, to think that the heart can pray by itself. Prayer does not mean simply to pour out one’s heart. If we wish to pray with confidence and gladness, whether the heart is full or empty, then the words of Holy Scripture will have to be the solid basis of our prayer. For this we need the psalms…

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Likewise, George Mueller found himself distracted and weak in prayer until he began with the Word, striving to make his soul happy in the Lord, and then used those very scriptures that had quickened him as a basis for his prayer. Keller echoes this. We will do the same. It’s going to be amazing — and it will be amazing to do it with this group, for we are like iron-sharpening iron. Thank God!

FOR THOSE JUST JOINING US!

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FOR THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO GET AN EXTRA RESOURCE

You don’t have to have anything other than your Bible and a willingness to buy some mp-3 sermons from Tim Keller and Mike Reeve (I’ll give you a free one whenever possible, but sometimes there will be a cost of 2.50, but I will only do it if I think it is GOLDEN. Even then, it will be optional.) I will be providing commentary. I’d rather you stay with us than get overwhelmed and drop out. If you can’t afford the time or money for the sermons, then skip them and do what you can. You will still be richly blessed!

However, if you’d like to get an extra resource, I would recommend these, on the basis of my own personal use and the recommendations of people I highly respect:

1) Derek Kidner’s Two Volume Commentary on Psalms (20 dollars, Tim Keller’s top recommendation) Kidner is concise, so this will not overwhelm you.

C. S. Lewis said to read old books, and I believe that includes old commentaries. We ourselves have seen how the interpretation of The Song of Songs has changed. This is also true, though not quite so drastically, of the psalms. The old commentaries always saw Christ in the psalms — today the focus seems to be us. Here are two of the best which are also available online, though it is nice to have the books:

2) http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/treasury.htm

3) http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/psalms-1-75/

Sunday (Icebreakers)

1. What stood out to you from the above and why?

2. Will you join us? If so, why?

Monday/Tuesday: GETTING READY

Read this page (link) originally from Redeemer’s website but posted on another website. Read through the suggestions (You don’t need to go on to do Psalm 131 unless you like)

3. What was helpful and why?

 

CHRIST IN THE PSALMS

When Jesus met with the disciples on the road to Emmaus, he showed them how He was in the psalms.

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4. What did Jesus tell the disciples in Luke 24:44?

Many today read the Bible as if it all about us, but the Bible is all about Christ. Those who have been in this group have been blessed by listening to many Tim Keller sermons. Tim Keller is bringing back Christ-centered teaching to the church — the kind of preaching that used to be heard in men like Charles Spurgeon, the Prince of Preachers. Keller helps us to see how Christ is at the center of every book. Kirsten Powers, an anchor for Fox News, came to Christ in Keller’s church. Her boyfriend asked her to come, and she found Keller fascinating, but her initial response made me smile, for she said:

kirstenpowers“Any person who is familiar with Keller’s preaching knows that he usually brings Jesus in at the end of the sermon to tie his points together. For the first few months, I left feeling frustrated: Why did he have to ruin a perfectly good talk with this Jesus nonsense?”

(If you’d like to read her whole testimony, here is a link to Christianity Today’s article on her: Link

But it was the exaltation of Christ that melted Kirsten’s heart. In the same way, seeing Christ in the psalms will melt you and help you to pray the psalms rightly.

Have you begun to see Christ as the heart of the Bible instead of yourself? If so, give a testimony on how that impacts you.

Mike Reeves, in a message we will listen to this week, said not to think of the psalms as a hymnbook in which we can just flip to a psalm, pick it out, and pray it, but rather like Handel’s Messiah. It has a continuity, a flow, so you should study it consecutively, and see the flow.

5. Consider the book ends of Book 1 of the Psalter (Psalms 1-41)

A. How does the first psalm in Book 1 of the psalter begin? (Psalm 1:1)

B. The ancients saw Psalms 1 and 2 as one piece. How does Psalm 2 end?

B. How does the last psalm in Book 1 of the psalter begin? (Psalm 41:1)

C. How does the last psalm in Book 1 end? (Psalm 41:12)

D. What book-end theme do you see? Do you see the gospel? If so, how?

WEDNESDAY: HAPPY NEW YEAR!

MAY YOUR HEART BE MELTED BY WHAT YOU SEE ABOUT CHRIST TODAY

I have prayed the psalms for years, and they have changed my prayer life. But as I am seeing, more and more, how Christ is at the center of the psalms, my prayers are heating up, and I think yours will as well. Today, we will see how Christ is at the heart of the first three psalms, and then we will pray a passage from Psalm 1 today, Psalm 2 on Thursday, and Psalm 3 on Friday. We will go back to Psalm 1 next week — but my purpose this week is to give you an overview of Christ in the Psalms.

 

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6. Patrick Reardon says the first three psalms form a tripod on which all the others psalms rest, showing Christ as Man, Messiah, and Suffering Servant.

A. How can you see Christ as Man in the 1st psalm? How did Jesus live out the truths of the man who was blessed?

B. How can you see Christ as Messiah in the 2nd psalm?

C. How can you see Christ as The Suffering Servant in the 3rd psalm?

     PRAYING PSALM 1 NEW YEAR’S DAY

        We will look at Psalms 1 and 2 more carefully next week. This week is just a quick dip into Psalm 1, but I want you to see Christ. Mike Reeves shows the continuity between these two psalms, showing how the King of Psalm 2 whom God exalts on his holy hill is Jesus. That King is also fully man, a man who meditated on the Word day and night. Tim Keller says that Scripture continually flowed out of Jesus, from His temptation by satan to His last words on the cross. He “bled” Scripture.

7. READ THE PSALM AND THEN PRAY AS FOLLOWS:

A. A sentence of praise for what you learned about Christ:

B. A plea that He would so dwell in you that His desires would be your desires, and that He would help you meditate day and night (Optional — pray through Psalm 1 for your loved ones)

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Thursday/Friday: Listen to Mike Reeves, and pray, as guided, Psalms 2 and 3.

Pray Psalm 2, JAN 2

8. READ THE PSALM AND THEN PRAY AS FOLLOWS

A. Praise God for the holiness and sovereignty you see in Christ in this psalm.

B. Ask the Lord to help you trust Him in the midst of unfair circumstances in your life and allow Him to be your King

(Optional: Pray this for your family members as well.)

 

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Listen to Mike Reeves introduction to the Psalms — If you like, just listen to the first 21 and a half minutes, for then he goes onto Book 2, though that is rich too:

      LINK

9. There is much here but I want you to particularly share:

A. What stood out to you

B. His perspective on how to read the psalms — what do you think?

C. His comparisons to the 1st book of Psalms with the 1st book of Moses – what do you remember?

Friday: Praying Psalm 3

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10. Read Psalm 3 and then pray as follows:

A. Praise God for Christ’s suffering for you and His trust in God during His suffering

B. Ask God to help Christ’s fullness dwell in you that you might trust during your suffering, clinging to Him.

(Optional: Pray this for your loved ones as well.)

Saturday:

11. What is your take-a-way and why?

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  1. I’m in!  I so want to transform my prayer life!  And then I started reading the blog and realize, yes!  I “want to pray with confidence and gladness, whether the heart is full or empty..” And so, because I find myself distracted and weak in prayer,  I will begin with the word, striving to make my soul happy in the Lord, just as Mueller did.  These words have so caught my attention.  And then, going on to the Redeemer’s website, Psalm 131 is calling my name!  “that for which a child craves it at last becomes content without.”!!! So speaking to me. Also, I am praying for the prayer requests listed here. And it is an honor to do so. I am so excited about this study!

    1. Welcome Beth! So glad to have you here with us!

    2. Welcome Beth!  Your energy and enthusiasm are wonderful…so glad that you will be participating in the study…yes, I too look forward to transforming my prayer life and have no doubt that study of the psalms with Dee’s guidance will be a catalyst.  I look forward to interacting with you…blessings!

  2. 5. Consider the book ends of Book 1 of the Psalter (Psalms 1-41)
    A. How does the first psalm in Book 1 of the psalter begin? (Psalm 1:1)Blessed is the one who walks in HIS ways.
    B. The ancients saw Psalms 1 and 2 as one piece. How does Psalm 2 end?Blessed are those who take refuge in the SON
    B. How does the last psalm in Book 1 of the psalter begin? (Psalm 41:1)The Lord delivers
    C. How does the last psalm in Book 1 end? (Psalm 41:12)He upholds us in His presence forever
    D. What book-end theme do you see? Do you see the gospel? If so, how? in # A&B yes…There is law…Blessed are those who walk in HIS ways.Then at the end of Psalm 2 there is grace…Blessed is the one who takes refuge in the SON. He is the only true refuge because we cannot live the law perfectly so we trust in Him!

  3. 1. What stood out to you from the above and why?
    “like trees planted by the living water so that, no matter what life brings! you will not wither for your roots will go deep in Christ”.  This is so personal for me.  I have lost some of my focus on The Lord this year and have paid the price for it.  When I read the study this week, it was like Christ talking directly to me answering my prayer for help with the things going on.  Thank you Dee, I know that I am not the reason you moved forward with this study, but it feels so personal to me that I could say that The Lord spoke directly to you on my behalf.
    2.  Will you join us? If so why?
    yes I will join as much as possible.  I admit to being so tired when I get home that it is hard for me to do anything…but I need this more. I need the honesty and grace of this group to make the comments that everyone makes that speaks directly to me, including the things that are sometimes hard to hear, but necessary to move forwarD and the grace and compassion that makes me feel so welcome even after being sporadic here for the past several months.

    1. good to see you again Mary-Canada, love to hear how He moves in your heart and how He brought you back here to grow more in Him

    2. Mary-Canada, it is always good to have you here, and yes you are always welcome-you are loved here. And I can relate to being tired-especially in the evenings. 🙂

  4. 4. What did Jesus tell the disciples in Luke 24:44?
     
    Jesus said “all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” So now I know that there are things written about Him in the Psalms.
     
    Have you begun to see Christ as the heart of the Bible instead of yourself? If so, give a testimony on how that impacts you.
     
    I don’t think it was until I began to study with Dee on this blog that I came to understand this. Over the years I’ve taken many topical Bible studies. For example, if we were discussing marriage and how I was to speak or act to my husband, we would look up verses accordingly to tell us how to behave. And I never knew the gospel could be found in places like Song of Songs or Hosea. Even though an adult, I enjoy reading the Jesus Storybook Bible because it makes it so clear that the Bible is the story of God’s master plan to rescue us and seeing that grows my affections for Him.
     
    5. Consider the book ends of Book 1 of the Psalter (Psalms 1-41)
     
    A. How does the first psalm in Book 1 of the psalter begin? (Psalm 1:1) – How blessed is the man who doesn’t walk in the ways of the wicked, sinners, or scoffers.
     
    B. The ancients saw Psalms 1 and 2 as one piece. How does Psalm 2 end? – Listen to the Son, or you may perish…how blessed are all who take refuge in Him.
     
    C. How does the last psalm in Book 1 of the psalter begin? (Psalm 41:1) – How blessed is the man who considers the helpless (or poor); the Lord will deliver him in a day of trouble.
     
    D. How does the last psalm in Book 1 end? (Psalm 41:12) – God upholds us and sets us in His presence forever. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel.
     
    E. What book-end theme do you see? Do you see the gospel? If so, how? – The theme I see is the word “blessed”. There is kind of a path to follow if you want to be blessed and it is clearly God’s way of living. I see a shadow of the gospel in the end of Psalm 2 with the reference to the Son and taking refuge in Him to be shielded from the wrath of God. Then at the end of Psalm 41 it says that it is God who will bring us into His presence, so He is the one who accomplishes that for us.
     
     

    1. Thanks for this post, Susan.  Dee’s questions and your responses walked me step by step through the process so that by the end of your post, I was clearly seeing the theme, even before I read your answer to E.

      Your careful, clear responses are motivating me to read the passages myself 😉    (yes, I’m admitting to doing this backwards! And your post is turning me around — time to get out a paper Bible.  At least I’m starting to recognize indicators of when to move from computer to paper)

      1. Renee, I agree with you-God often uses Susan’s posts to help me clearly see things or ponder things I might not have seen before. 

  5. 4. What did Jesus tell the disciples in Luke 24:44?
     
    Basically that all Scripture points to Him-and that what was said about Him must be fulfilled-He has indeed risen. 

  6. 4.-further comment on this..I am STILL amazed at His longsuffering-His love-His pursuit of them even in their imperfections-their doubting. He sows deeper in them the Scriptures that point to Him and then tells them they will stay in the city until they are clothed with His power. 

  7. 5. A. How does the first psalm in Book 1 of the psalter begin? “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked…..but whose delight is in the law of The Lord and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water….whose leaf does not wither…” Sorry, couldn’t help going past v. 1, a beautiful picture of relationship and how life comes when we seek The Lord “day and night” making Him our #1. 
    B. How does Psalm 2 end? “Kiss his son or he will be angry and your way widestruction your destruction….blessed are those who take refuge in him.” Again, we see relationship. Kiss his son is an intimate greeting and no relationship leads to destruction – no life.
    B. How does the last psalm in Book 1 begin? “Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; The Lord delivers them in times of trouble.” If someone has regard for the weak, do they show love? Is this again relationship with Christ? If we are loving others, then we are drawing close to God closed delivers us in times of trouble. You could also argue that our soul in sin is a “time of trouble” and His sacrifice in the cross delivered us from it. 
    C. How does the last psalm in Book 1 end? “…set me in your presence forever.” A promise of forever indicates eternity with Hm. 
    D. What book-end theme do you see? D you see the gospel? If so, how? See above notes. As a side thought I have already hit a snag in my understanding of the psalms psalm 41:12 “because of my integrity” … I am a sinner, I suppose this is during the time of the law and before they understood grace and being clothed in Christ. More to ponder. 

    1. Jill-you made me think about “His delight being in the law of the Lord”..He wants us to delight in Him..if we do-we find His Word more precious than anything else and we desire to meditate in it day and night..I know for me when I get distracted with life, or down about things-that makes it harder for me-but yet there is a deep longing for Him-to throw off things that hinder-which comes from Him. 

  8. 6. Patrick Reardon says the first three psalms form a tripod on which all the other psalms rest, showing Christ as Man, Messiah, and Suffering Servant.
     
    A. How can you see Christ as Man in the 1st psalm? How did Jesus live out the truths of the man who was blessed?
     
    Jesus lived-out verses 1-2 perfectly – He never listened to ungodly counsel, He never sinned, He certainly never mocked His Father. He delighted Himself in God’s Word and obeyed the Law perfectly. He was like a tree planted by streams of living water – in fact, He IS The Living Water. His life as a man was fruitful and He accomplished everything the Father sent Him to do.
     
    B. How can you see Christ as Messiah in the 2nd Psalm?
     
    This psalm opens with kings and rulers of this earth taking a stand against the Lord and His Anointed (Messiah). Instead of seeing the Messiah as one who brings blessings to them, they view Him as one who brings bondage.
    In verse 6, God says that He has installed, or enthroned, His King upon Zion. Then in verse 7, it reminds me of when Jesus was baptized, a voice came from heaven, speaking out loud, saying these words found in this psalm, “You are My Son…” It goes on to say that Jesus was begotten of God, that the nations are His inheritance, and the earth is His possession. Anyone who stands against Him will be shattered like pottery.
     
    In verse 12, it says we are to worship the Son. You cannot “have” God and reject His Son.
     
    C. How can you see Christ as The Suffering Servant in the 3rd psalm?
     
    The religious leaders and chief priest in Jesus’ day were all plotting against Him – “O Lord, how my adversaries have increased…many are rising up against me.” Verse 2 says that some say “There is no deliverance for him in God” – some mocked Jesus when He was on the Cross, saying that if You are the Son of God, save yourself.

  9. 4..Have you begun to see Christ as the heart of the Bible instead of yourself? If so, give a testimony on how that impacts you.
     
    Oh yes-for a long time, but even more so since starting on Dee’s blog. I think somewhere down the road while it was focused on Christ-it forked off into focusing on the doing..for example: taking spiritual gift tests and then finding where you can plug in at church while missing the fact that ‘works’ should be a natural outflow of a deepening intimacy with Jesus; or preaching a sermon about us being selfish and the focus is on us and how to apply scripture to that issue.  Seeing Jesus in every book INCLUDING SONG OF SONGS-:))) has made a HUGE impact in my life for He is the focus and when He is the focus, not me-that changes everything.
     
    How this has impacted me: Well honestly-as of late I don’t trust myself (my motives)-my heart is dark and wicked..and so it is easy for me to bend toward obeying Him for the wrong reasons..I so deeply know I can’t in my own strength even trust Him, but when I dive into His Word and breathe Him in  via His Holy spirit living in me and opening my eyes I can see Him in every book-He also speaks to me through our pastor’s sermons, through you all, through Dee’s teaching..and as I see Him I grow more in awe of Him and He melts away my doubt on those hard days..I have found over time He is changing my desires to His desires-and then serving and obeying flows from that..hard to explain and I may have rabbit trailed! :/

    1. Rebecca, I can relate to much of what you are saying…similarly, I have taken the various tests and tried to find where I might best  “do”, been obedient for the wrong reasons, too dependent on self sufficiency, etc.  Dee’s study blog and comments of my blog sisters have provided such wonderful teaching and guidance for me in the past year or so.  (I will always remember my reluctance to studying the Song of Songs, and the immense gift I received in doing so.)  I am back to reading Brennan Mannings’, “The Ragamuffin Gospel”…I never got through the book entirely.  I was feeling drawn to it and am finding that the reason is likely because of needing to re-read it in a slower, more deliberate manner to really digest the material…pondering and lingering over points…  As Elizabeth has stated in previous studies…I appreciate your “rabbit trails”…thanks for continuing to hop 🙂 

  10. 3. What was helpful and why?
    I LOVE the idea (on the Redeemer site) of praying our emotions versus stuffing/venting…reminds me I need to finish reading Peter Scazzero’s book “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality” – it’s all about being authentic with God and others! I was also reminded of how we teach children the back-and-forth of conversation through fun communication games – it’s cool to think of the Psalms as a training tool in teaching us how to communicate with God!

  11. Prayer does not mean simply to pour out one’s heart.

    That is what stood out to me. And oh how I long to be a truly praying woman. 
    Will you join us? If so, why?  One thing in particular has come clear to me — I thrive on being busy. However; this often stands in the way of me being still and knowing that God is God! (Ps. 46:10) I am hungry for something like this — something with which I can begin my day (often quite early); and that something being God’s Word! The added icing on the cake is the motivating sense of accountability as I am able to fellowship with sisters in Christ no matter the time of day and right from my own home! I am greatly anticipating knowing God, experiencing God, loving God, rejoicing in God, reveling in God and being lost in God! This will be a rich marriage with the messages I receive at church. My pastor son, after taking 4 years to preach through the book of Matthew, is taking us on a journey through the book of Ephesians. (We just had the 7th message getting us to the end of chapter 1, verse 8.) As with Tim Keller, every message points us to the gospel!

    1. Sharmon–LOVE what you have shared here, and yes I relate to the conflict of busy-ness and being still in the Lord. What a blessing to have a pastor son who preaches the Gospel! Glad you are with us!

    2. SHarmon, I love having you with us-“being lost in God”…yes.. :)))) 

    3. Hi Sharmon and welcome! I like this too: “…I am able to fellowship with sisters in Christ no matter the time of day and right from my own home!” I never thought of that before – this isn’t a “face-to-face” study but usually those meet once a week and we get to meet every day and all day (and night as some are night owls:))

  12. 5. Consider the book ends of Book 1 of the Psalter (Psalms 1-41)
    Oh how cool – I can totally see the gospel message in this 1st book of the Psalter – it starts with “Walk on God’s path – no, RUN to God – you will be blessed” and ends with “consider the weak/poor and be blessed”. If I remember from a previous study, doesn’t that Hebrew word “Blessed” mean “thrice happy”…I like to think of it as “joyfully content” in any circumstances? I think when we follow Christ’s example of truly loving God and others – especially the least of these, the needy, the downtrodden, the weak, the poor, etc. we are truly blessed in our relationship with God!

    1. love this Rachel “I think when we follow Christ’s example of truly loving God and others – especially the least of these, the needy, the downtrodden, the weak, the poor, etc. we are truly blessed in our relationship with God!”
      glad you are here!

      1. And I’m so glad YOU are here – I’m learning so much from everyone on this board! 🙂

    2. “Hebrew word “Blessed” mean “thrice happy”…I like to think of it as “joyfully content” in any circumstances”
      What a great thought, Rachel…I really like the thought of “joyfully content” in all circumstances; to praise the Lord above circumstances…thanks for sharing.  Have you read Ann Voskamp’s, “One Thousand Gifts”?…similar idea.

  13. 5. Consider the book ends of Book 1 of the Psalter (Psalms 1-41)

    A. How does the first psalm in Book 1 of the psalter begin? (Psalm 1:1)

    “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;”

    B. Psalms 1 and 2 were originally one. So how does Psalm 2 end?

    “Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.”

    B. How does the last psalm in Book 1 of the psalter begin? (Psalm 41:1)

    “Blessed is the one who considers the poor! In the day of trouble the LORD delivers him;”

    C. How does the last psalm in Book 1 end? (Psalm 41:12)

    “But you have upheld me because of my integrity, and set me in your presence forever.”

    D. What book-end theme do you see? Do you see the gospel?

    If so, how? I think this is an incredible exercise! I LOVE how the Gospel is here!

    Psalm 1:1—the perfection the Law requires.

    Psalm 2-ends with ‘kiss the Son’—Jesus is the atonement for our missing the mark of righteousness

    Psalm 41:1—the Lord delivers the humble, and Psalm 41:12—we share eternity with Him, because we are upheld in Him

    I love how Christ is seen all through the Psalms–

    Psalm 2:7 “I will tell of the decree:The Lord said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you.”

    Psalm 22 tells of the Suffering Servant “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?”

    And Psalm 69:3 “I am weary with my crying out;my throat is parched.My eyes grow dim with waiting for my God.”

    And His Lordship in Psalm 110 “The Lord says to my Lord:“Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.”
     

  14. Ivetta, Helen, Amy, Rosem, Tammy Jo, and Beth–WELCOME! So fun to have you join us on this journey–thankful we can grow together, sharpening one another as we draw closer to Him. Glad you all are here with us!

    1. I echo Elizabeth’s welcome (and to Sharmon too)…so glad that you will be participating in the study. 

  15. 6. Patrick Reardon says the first three psalms form a tripod on which all the others psalms rest, showing Christ as Man, Messiah, and Suffering Servant.
    A. How can you see Christ as Man in the 1st psalm? How did Jesus live out the truths of the man who was blessed?
    Christ is the righteous man, the One without blemish
    B. How can you see Christ as Messiah in the 2nd psalm?
    The Lord is the Anointed One, the King, the Son who blesses those who take refuge in Him.
    C. How can you see Christ as The Suffering Servant in the 3rd psalm?
    This is the first time God is directly addressed, “O Lord, how many are my foes…” and it resembles Christ on the Cross when they taunted Him for His God to save Him: “many are saying ‘God will not deliver Him’. Death and resurrection:  “I lie down and sleep…I wake again”—

  16. Have you begun to see Christ as the heart of the Bible instead of yourself? If so, give a testimony on how that impacts you.
    For years I was under the impression that the bible was a book written by God for us to teach us how to live. Jesus had his place in the last few books, but everything else was lessons that we need to learn through the lives of others. Now that I have begun seeing every verse of every chapter as about Jesus and pointing us to him, I really have been reading my bible in a whole new light.

    1. Dawn MS, so glad to hear this! 🙂

  17. 3. What was helpful and why?
    Yes Ma’am.  That the Psalms take us deep into our own hearts.  I remember last summer during a hard time, I did read through the Psalms a lot.  I don`t recall all the verses that I read through, but the words “His steadfast loves endures forever” were in most of the chapters.  That is what I remember most, the part that went into my heart the most, that His love was steadfast and did not end.  It helped so much, even today when I think of the Psalms, I immediately recall that His steadfast Love endures forever.
    I also did read onto Psalm 131 and the commentaries.  I really liked the comment that “Redemption truly apprehended is more than forgiveness.  It is the restoration to the quiet peace of being in harmony with all the forces of nature because governed by the will of God.  Spoke so much to me as I do find I am more at peace when I look past all the cement and see only His creation.  In His creation, I see Him.

    1. ” In His creation, I see Him.”
      me too, Mary…:) To think that each snowflake is unique, that stars in the night sky are shining from light-years away, the seasons, etc. etc., it is truly mind boggling, and that is only what our human mind can even come close to comprehending…incredible!!! 

  18. Scoty Smith has a very meaningful prayer for this last day of 2013. This last part, especially, is my prayer for us.
    http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/scottysmith/2013/12/31/a-prayer-for-new-years-eve-2012/

    On the eve of 2014, prepare each of us, your children, for twelve new months of groaning and growing in grace. In the New Year, may Jesus be more beautiful and precious to us than ever; your love more compelling and your grace more transforming; your presence more real and your kingdom more treasured; your name more exalted and your glory more sought. So very Amen I pray, in Jesus’ merciful and mighty name.

    1. AMEN!!!!!
      And thank you Diane this is a wonderful prayer.

    2. Diane–I was JUST sharing this with my husband and thought about posting it here–so good, isn’t it?!
      New Years’ Blessings everyone!

    3. SO good, Diane!  Thank you for sharing this with us.

    4. “may Jesus be more beautiful and precious to us than ever; your love more compelling and your grace more transforming; your presence more real and your kingdom more treasured; your name more exalted and your glory more sought.”
       
      Amen, indeed!

  19. 5. Consider the book ends of Book 1 of the Psalter (Psalms 1-41)
    A. How does the first psalm in Book 1 of the psalter begin? (Psalm 1:1)
    Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 
     
    B. The ancients saw Psalms 1 and 2 as one piece. How does Psalm 2 end?
    Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
    B. How does the last psalm in Book 1 of the psalter begin? (Psalm 41:1)
    Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the LORD delivers him in times of trouble.
    C. How does the last psalm in Book 1 end? (Psalm 41:12)
    In my integrity you uphold me and set me in your presence forever. Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.
     
    D. What book-end theme do you see? Do you see the gospel? If so, how?
    I have never seen this before! 
    I may be seeing too much into this-not sure, but the book end theme I see is us taking refuge in Him-dwelling with Him in His presence, and we can’t be in His presence unless He comes to us and covers us with His righteousness. Could Psalm 1:1 be Him and also be about us too??? wow..if so-I never saw that before..this is all about Him, and us mirroring Him-reflecting His character. We can’t reflect His character unless He is with us-unless He redeems us first.

    1. Thank you, Rebecca. “Could Psalm 1:1 be Him…” Even after answering the questions myself I still saw this as an instruction to us to not walk in wicked counsel. But you are right, there are two applications to some of these (most? all?). Instruction and a picture of relationship and also a picture of Christ.

      1. Jill, I hope I am on the right track-I don’t know, but I do know I have always been taught Psalm 1 is speaking about us-but if you think about it-He strengthens our trees and produces fruit in us anyway-HE is the one who transforms us into being like Psalm 1-and He had to be the first one to live a perfect life in the flesh in order for us to even be able to delight in His Word..i hope I am not over thinking this-but that is my conclusion about Psalm 1 so far-but if I am on the wrong track I want to know! 🙂 

        1. Rebecca and Jill, I think so too…it brought John 15 to my mind when reading it.

  20. 6. Patrick Reardon says the first three psalms form a tripod on which all the others psalms rest, showing Christ as Man, Messiah, and Suffering Servant.

    A. How can you see Christ as Man in the 1st psalm? How did Jesus live out the truths of the man who was blessed?

    He came in the flesh but instead of living out his life like we do-marred with sin and idolatry-he lived it out Holy and blameless not delighting in idolatry, but delighting in God. He had Scripture on His tongue constantly for He meditated in it-and this was part of being intimate with and delighting in God. When satan slithered in tempting him-He quoted scripture resting in God’s counsel and not the counsel of the wicked one. 

    B. How can you see Christ as Messiah in the 2nd psalm?
    The worldly kings vs. Jesus Christ the King-the comparison is laughable. The worldly kings think they are really powerful and deserve homage for their vain rule or else their people will suffer their wrath-definitley NO mercy or Grace in them..but compared to Jesus’ wrath? His wrath is THE definition of fierce-yet there is Grace and Mercy. At the end of this Psalm we see Him as Messiah King, the savior-“Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; Take warning, O [j]judges of the earth. Worship the Lord with reverence and rejoice with trembling. Do homage to the Son that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, For His wrath may [n]soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!
     
     
    C. How can you see Christ as The Suffering Servant in the 3rd psalm?
     
    I haven’t seen this before as I have always seen it from David, but when I see Christ I see the Cross..Everyone was against Him-seeking to devour him and telling him God can’t save him-and He cries out to God and God hears him and He rests in God as His shield and continues on to save us. On the Cross He defeated satan. He rose from the dead and God sustained Him all throughout His suffering. 

    1. Amen.

    2. Yes, Lord–please do put that desire and longing in my heart to meditate on Your Word each day–Amen!
      And Happy New Year to All–so thankful for this journey is Psalms we can begin together!

    3. Amen…and thank you Lord for the leadership and your guidance for Dee, may she lead with your wisdom and grace to those of us you have lead to this group.  

    4. Amen and Amen Thank you Dee and Happy New Year Ladies to you and your families.

    5. Oh Dee, what a lovely prayer.  I pray this for all of us also.  Welcome new sisters!

    6. Amen.

  21. I am looking forward to being a part of this blog!

    1. Hi Mary…so glad you will be joining the study blog…welcome!

  22. 6. A. How can you see Christ as Man in the 1st psalm? How did Jesus live out the truths of the man who was blessed? I have thought of Christ as a man who chose to do right His whole life, that He had to pay attention to every decision, every action in order that He would not break any rules. But now I am seeing Him differently and this Psalm so eloquently describes Him.

    …whose delight is in the law of the Lord,    and who meditates on his law day and night.3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,    which yields its fruit in seasonand whose leaf does not wither—    whatever they do prospers.

    Christ had relationship with God, perfect relationship through the Trinity, therefore He did not have to necessarily think about decisions but His heart was in line with the Father’s heart and therefore He COULD NOT sin, He couldn’t do it! And He didn’t want to. What a different picture than the self-disciplined, self-aware, follow-all-the-rules individual I was taught about in Sunday School. Of course, He knew temptation, scripture says that, but I think this is a picture of close relationship with God that changes our hearts to His desires and that is where we find “delight” and “streams of water” and “we do not wither”!
    B. How can you see Christ as Messiah in the 2nd psalm? He is declared the Son of the Lord, He will rule despite plans of earthly kings. “Kiss the Son or He will be angry”. Enter into relationship with Him or you will not find life “and your way will lead to your destruction.”
     
    C. How can you see Christ as The Suffering Servant in the 3rd psalm?

    Lord, how many are my foes!    How many rise up against me!2 Many are saying of me,    “God will not deliver him.”

    I see the day of crucifixion here as well as the Pharisees constantly questioning and plotting against Him. Even on the cross the onlookers said If you are truly the Son of God then save yourself! which echos the “God will not deliver him” sentiment in Psalm 3:2.

    From the Lord comes deliverance.    May your blessing be on your people.

    And because of His suffering we have blessing and deliverance.

  23. I know there are so many “New Years” things we’re probably all seeing–but I thought this from Paul Tripp was worth sharing.

  24. Psalm 1 (Christ as Man) — wilderness temptations; Jesus Christ was immersed in and saturated with God and His Word.
    Psalm 2 (Christ as Messiah) :11-12 — Choice (one or the other; no in-between)He is our Savior OR Condemner
                                                                                                           We are under His Grace OR Judgment
                                                                                                           We take Refuge in Him OR Deny Him
    Psalm 3 (Christ as Suffering Servant) — the garden, the trial, the cross
    While in the garden, Jesus, as fully man, prayed three times asking if it be possible to not have to die! Yet each time He added the willingness to surrender His will to that of His Father! 
    I love this quote from Paul Miller, A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World (Colorade Spriongs, CO: NavPress, 2009), 123:

    Jesus neither suppresses his feelings nor lets them master him. . . . Desire and surrrender are the perfect balance to praying.

    This morning, I wrote responses for today’s questions in my journal and then read from the comments. Thank-you, Rebecca and Jill, for your shared insights. I especially loved your comment on relationship with God, Jill! That was truly a beautiful eye-opener:-)
    Perhaps I’m getting ahead, but commenting on Psalm 1:3, the notes in the ESV state:

    A tree bears fruit, not for itself, but for others; thus, when the faithful prospers, it is not for himself; nor is the prospering even necessarily material, but he succeeds in bringing benefit to others.

    Jesus Christ was faithful and prospered bringing benefit beyond our comprehension to us! 

    . . . while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8b

    May I live daily in gratefulness and love for my Savior because He first loved me!!!

  25. BennieK

  26. I love your prayer, Dee, especially when you said, “in our own strength we do not desire you”.   Over the years I have prayed: “Lord, give me the desire to have a desire for You, give me a hunger to have a hunger for You, give me a love to have a love for You”.  I so want to want The Lord more than anything else, but I cannot in my own strength, He must be my strength and joy.
     

  27. 4. What did Jesus tell the disciples in Luke 24:44? – He told them that basically everything in His Book, His Word had to be fulfilled and happen. The other night I watched on the Uplifting channel the movie, Mary, Mother of Jesus. It saddened me to see what he had to go thru for us and what she had to watch him go thru because it had to happen for us to live as we do. It is so hard as a mom to see your kids go thru things that you know could have been stopped if they would have listened, but in Jesus’ case He did listen and he did fulfill the Word of God because like moms love their kids, He loved us.

  28. 5. Consider the book ends of Book 1 of the Psalter (Psalms 1-41)
    A. How does the first psalm in Book 1 of the psalter begin? (Psalm 1:1)
    With a blessing that any man who walks with The Lord, is influenced by The Lord and not people will be blessed.
    B. The ancients saw Psalms 1 and 2 as one piece. How does Psalm 2 end?
    With a warning not to ignore Christ if you take your refuge in Him, you will be blessed, if you do not then His wrath s what you get.  I guess in simple words it is walk with The Lord and you get His happy side, don’t and you will get His angry side.
    B. How does the last psalm in Book 1 of the psalter begin? (Psalm 41:1)
    To take care of the poor. The Lord will not ignore those who do not ignore the poor.
    C. How does the last psalm in Book 1 end? (Psalm 41:12)
    As a thank you to The Lord for holding him up and setting him in the Lords presence forever.
    D. What book-end theme do you see? Do you see the gospel? If so, how?
    In Psalm 41 I see someone who has walked with The Lord, acknowledges his failures, had his ups and downs, but that when everyone else has turned their backs on him, The Lord has not and that he knows that no matter what he will be with The Lord and praising Him from everlasting to ever lasting.   I see some similarities in the life of Christ, He paid attention to the poor, His enemies were foiled at every turn, He healed many, His haters plotted against Him, thought that if they got rid of Him that would be the end even His close friend betrayed Him.  Then they failed miserably as He was raised up, His enemy did not triumph and He is in the presence of the Almighty forever.  Those who follow in His footsteps will be in the presence to The Lord and will be praising Him forever.

  29. Precious Sisters,
    I want to let you all know that after much prayer I have decided to be a silent sister for a while. My mind was battered by the darkness of depression for 21 months and quite frankly it is still hurting. I need to go really slow. I will be here reading your comments and praying for you and I know you will be praying for me. God’s Spirit has led me to a new church. It’s a small church in the country about 7 miles from my house. I’ve known the pastor and his family for 20 years. All they want to do is lift up the name of Jesus.  
     

    1. Dear Tammy,
      Thanks for letting us know.  It DOES take a very long time to recover from deep and severe depression.  I’m so glad that you’re on healing path and will pray for you, that you will KNOW His amazing love and delight in you. May God bless you in your new church.  

    2. I will be praying for you Tammy. How wonderful you have such a great church and pastor so close to your home.

    3. Tammy!  I had given up ever hearing from you again after your tramatic incident.  I prayed and prayed…. I never forgot you sweet sister.  How is your doggie?  I’m so glad you let us know your here.     I am also pretty much a silent reader and lift these sisters up with prayer.   Will be praying for you…so glad you have a great church that lifts up the name of Jesus!

    4. Tammy, I will join everyone in praying for you – and even though you may be ‘silent’ for a while, your presence will be felt here! I appreciate about you that you make decisions after much prayer, and if He says to take it slow and allow time for healing, then you know you are on the right track.

    5. Hi Tammy.  I have been a participant on the blog for about the last 15 months and did not had the pleasure of getting to know you.  I can see from my blog sisters’ comments that you are a loving, tender soul.  Please know that I will add you to my prayer list and will look forward to your return in the future and getting to know you.  Take care, Tammie, may the Lord’s healing and peace envelop you.

  30. As I was studying Psalm 41 this morning, I noted that “poor” also means “weak”. I have been contemplating how to care for the poor and weak and vulnerable today. I know what it is to be weak and vulnerable. 
     
    With this in mind, I read your post about being a “silent sister”, Tammy, and your admission that you are still “hurting”. I personally think that I, for one, could benefit from your perspective if you continued sharing here, but you alone know if you are able and ready to share. God knows your heart and He will continue to care for you and heal you. God bless you. I pray you will heal fully and stronger than ever in the Lord.

  31. 6. Patrick Reardon says the first three psalms form a tripod on which all the others psalms rest, showing Christ as Man, Messiah, and Suffering Servant.
    UGH!  I’m not “getting” this 🙁
    A. How can you see Christ as Man in the 1st psalm? How did Jesus live out the truths of the man who was blessed?  I can see that Jesus was different from those who accused and mocked Him, delighted in and meditated on Scripture, and that fruits were yielded in season.  What I’m NOT getting is how this is different from other God-seeking people in OT times or later. (or maybe that’s the answer??   He was Man, and sought His Father as people who love God are to seek Him ????)    I guess I feel like I’m imposing Jesus on the passage — 
    B. How can you see Christ as Messiah in the 2nd psalm?  This one is easier for me: ““I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.”  Jesus is the King over all kings.
    C. How can you see Christ as The Suffering Servant in the 3rd psalm?  Jesus did suffer and He did call out to His Father.  And I have the same question I did with Psalm 1 because I am seeing the suffering psalmist calling out to the Lord.  I see that the description fits Jesus, too, but it’s not as obvious to me as some OT prophecies.

      1. Dee, Me? Patient?????? 😉   
        I understood better when I started praying Psalm 1 — made a lot more sense.  Sometimes my brain gets in the way of my heart.  
        I’m reminding myself that George Mueller (with his twinkling eyes) used Scripture to get his soul happy in the Lord first.  Maybe he banged his head against the wall later, or else he didn’t need to bang his head against the wall because his soul was happy

  32. 4. What did Jesus tell the disciples in Luke 24:44?
     
    He said that “…everything must be fulfilled as was written in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms.”
     
    5. Consider the book ends of Book 1 of the Psalter (Psalms 1-41)

    A. How does the first psalm in Book 1 of the psalter begin? (Psalm 1:1)

    “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked…”

    B. The ancients saw Psalms 1 and 2 as one piece. How does Psalm 2 end?

    “Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.”

    B. How does the last psalm in Book 1 of the psalter begin? (Psalm 41:1)

    “Blessed are those who have regard for the weak…”

    C. How does the last psalm in Book 1 end? (Psalm 41:12)

    “Because of my integrity you uphold me and set me in your presence forever.”

    D. What book-end theme do you see? Do you see the gospel? If so, how?

    The theme is that of honoring God; you are blessed when you take care of others and stay out of trouble! You have the Lord with you no matter the circumstances; forever, when you honor Him. The Gospel is very apparent…..love one another as God loves you and you will be blessed with His “….presence forever.”
     
    6. Patrick Reardon says the first three psalms form a tripod on which all the others psalms rest, showing Christ as Man, Messiah, and Suffering Servant.

    A. How can you see Christ as Man in the 1st psalm? How did Jesus live out the truths of the man who was blessed?

    Well, walking in step with the wicked, standing with sinners, and being in the company of mockers are all activities men on earth would do in their daily lives. They are all things that have to be avoided to be able to “…delight in the law of the Lord.” Jesus lived among the sinners but rerfained from sin himself. He prospered in everything He accomplished. He stands in the company of God.

    B. How can you see Christ as Messiah in the 2nd psalm?

    He is the Messiah, the Savior. In the Psalm He is described as one who will save the people of the earth; specifically the kings who have become “rulers” over the earth. He has “…installed my king on Zion…” The nations are His inheritance and the ends of the earth are His possession. You are blessed when you take refuge in Him.
     
    C. How can you see Christ as The Suffering Servant in the 3rd psalm?

    This is David lamenting. He is begging the Lord to have mercy on him. David is acknowledging that the Lord is the one who can save him from all his enemies. He claims the Lord “sustains” him. A servant is one who serves or takes care of us. The Lord is the caretaker here in David’s suffering.
     

  33. Have you begun to see Christ as the heart of the Bible instead of yourself? If so, give a testimony on how that impacts you. – The more I get into the bible and God’s Word, I see more and more of God here on earth. I see so many stars in the massive sky above me at night. I see beautiful sunrises as I drive to work. I see and hear of God’s goodness in people around me in my life and my family. I see God’s love to me as he gets me thru issues or trials or spares me from something that I should not be in only to have the next door open. He is all around if you read His Word and open your eyes, ears and heart to what he is saying you will see him more and more.

    1. yes…I was listening to a Midday Connection interview of Becky Harling related to praise; she said (and I agree) that every time one thinks “Wow” it is revelation of God’s creativity, goodness, love, etc.

  34. 7 A. A sentence of praise for what you learned about Christ:
     
    His leaf does not wither, all that He does is fruitful, He meditates day and night on the Word—He IS the Word, He watches over the way of the righteous and grants His protection
     
    B. A plea that He would so dwell in you that His desires would be your desires, and that He would help you meditate day and night
     
    O Lord, I long to grow in this area—that I may seek time with You as my most important need each day, that Your Word would be the food I ache for, that I would allow it to satisfy me beyond measure. Please create in me a pure heart, Lord.  One thing have I desired of the LORD; that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in His temple.

  35. I am joining you for this time learning to pray the Psalms. What stood out to me was the pasrt of Bonhoeffer’s quote that said “If we wish to pray with confidence and gladness, whether the heart is full or empty, then the words of Holy Scripture will have to be the solid basis of our prayer.”I have felt led to ask the Lord to begin to reveal to me this year what His joy is all about and what it means. My heart is empty at this season of my life…have been “caretaking” for a long time and do not see the end in sight…and need the Lord to fill me with His Joy. Our church has also been going through a time of strife and division and I need an additional community.

    1. Dear Lucy, I am also a caretaker (of our special needs adult daughter) and see no end  in sight either.  I’m 64 and pray  someone can just take over for me one day…as hard as it will be.  We must trust God for all our answers.  Praying for you.

    2. Oh, Lucy…I can sense your exhaustion and agree with Dee, “caretaking and church strife both take a toll.”  My husband and I were involved in a nasty church fight and eventual split several years ago that left us reeling.  Only now in hindsight can I so clearly see the evil one’s hand in the acrimony and how easily those who should have known better allowed themselves to be drawn into his noxious ploys.  I will pray for you, Lucy.

  36. 7. READ THE PSALM AND THEN PRAY AS FOLLOWS:
    A. A sentence of praise for what you learned about Christ:
    Thank you Jesus for delighting in the law of the Lord! Thank you for meditating on the Word and being a role model for us in both of these practices!
     
    B. A plea that He would so dwell in you that His desires would be your desires, and that He would help you meditate day and night (Optional — pray through Psalm 1 for your loved ones)
    Lord, it is so easy to forget throughout the day that You are near and love us. Please help me remember that You are with us always; that you are with my mother in her misery. Please help my children to walk in the way of the righteous, not the wicked. Help them to understand that life is fuller, better, and sweeter when we walk in Your Way; we get all we need when we are in tune with You and Your kindness and love. Thank you Jesus. Amen.
     

    1. Praying your prayer for you too Laura, and for your mother and Sarah.

  37. Here I am again, not starting to post until mid-week!    I feel a little like Sister Maria in the opening scenes of The Sound of Music, as she is enjoying the mountains when she suddenly realizes she is late for morning chapel.   Meanwhile at the Abbey, the other sisters are singing “What Can You Do With a Problem Like Maria!”   Sorry, Ladies, I don’t know what you can do with a problem like Deanna 🙂
    It is so good to see so many new participants on this blog.   I counted 18 either brand new or returning persons — Wow!  Welcome to all of you!  You will most assuredly be blessed by this fellowship.
     
    1. What stood out to you from the above and why?
     

    Likewise, George Mueller found himself distracted and weak in prayer until he began with the Word, striving to make his soul happy in the Lord, and then used those very scriptures that had quickened him as a basis for his prayer.

    When Mueller was mentioned a few weeks ago, introducing his method of starting with the Word and using it as a springboard for prayer, it really impressed me then.   I have tried it some, but  I have to be honest and say it is not a habit yet.  I think this study of the Psalms might be just the trick for me! 
    2. Will you join us? If so, why?
     Yes.  It has almost been a year since I joined this Bible Study blog.  At that time I only intended to stay just for Lent, but amazingly I am still here!   I have always loved the Psalms, and have gained something every time I read one again — even without guidance.  With Dee’s guidance, I expect to experience great progress!  
     
     

    1. Missed you Deanna!  I’ve been praying through the psalms just since Dee started this sunday and already have felt his love and joy fill me up!

      (Hope your doing great now, after your accident.)

    2. “I feel a little like Sister Maria in the opening scenes of The Sound of Music, as she is enjoying the mountains when she suddenly realizes she is late for morning chapel.   Meanwhile at the Abbey, the other sisters are singing “What Can You Do With a Problem Like Maria!”   Sorry, Ladies, I don’t know what you can do with a problem like Deanna :)”
      how cute, Deanna…this made me just grin…

  38. 3. What was helpful and why?
    I really liked suggestion #2:   Linger over a Psalm.  Is there a particular verse that is particularly relevant to your life right now?  Chew on it.   Read it aloud over and over, with a different emphasis on each word.   Why is this word chosen or important here?  What difference would this make in my life if I believed this with all my heart?   If I applied this to my life?  Pray for yourself and others from it.  
    I can picture myself doing this and gaining a great deal from it.  Sometimes when I read Scripture,  if I’m not very focused, I can gloss over a word without even thinking abou it.  I think we all tend to do that somewhat, and that is why when we read it again later we suddenly see that word, and it strikes us!  
     
    4. What did Jesus tell the disciples in Luke 24:44?
    He said to them,  “This is what I told you while I was still with you.   Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, The Prophets, and the Psalms.”
     
    My Life Application Study Bible commentary on verse 44 states:

    The Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms is a way to describe the entire Old Testament.  In other words, the entire Old Testament points to the Messiah.   For example, his role as a prophet was foretold in Deuteronomy 18: 15-20; his sufferings were prophesied in Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53; his resurrection was predicted in Psalm 16: 9-11 and Isaiah 53:10, 11. 

     

    1. “Sometimes when I read Scripture,  if I’m not very focused, I can gloss over a word without even thinking about it.”
       
      I’m with you…I need to concentrate on “really” understanding what I am reading…the lingering, pondering, reading it aloud emphasizing various words will help me immensely too.  

  39. 5. Consider the book ends of Book 1 of the Psalter (Psalms 1-41)
    A. How does the first psalm in Book 1 of the psalter begin? (Psalm 1:1) – We are being blessed if we walk in the eyes of The Lord and not in the ways of sin in this world.
    B. The ancients saw Psalms 1 and 2 as one piece. How does Psalm 2 end? – It reminds us that are lives will be nothing but destruction if we don’t walk and kiss The Lord and follow His ways.
    B. How does the last psalm in Book 1 of the psalter begin? (Psalm 41:1) – If we have regard to those who may be suffering we will be blessed.
    C. How does the last psalm in Book 1 end? (Psalm 41:12) – Because of who God is and what he can do we keep him in the forefronts of our mind, heart and souls.
    D. What book-end theme do you see? Do you see the gospel? If so, how?What book-end theme do you see? Do you see the gospel? If so, how?5. Consider the book ends of Book 1 of the Psalter (Psalms 1-41) – I think what the theme is here is that in order for us to be blessed and not lead a life of destruction we need to keep God in our daily lives, heed his Word and have regard for others. It is a simple act of love as God showed us. what the theme is here is that in order for us to be blessed and not lead a life of destruction we need to keep God in our daily lives, heed his Word and have regard for others. It is a simple act of love as God showed us.

  40. Happy 2014, bible study blog sisters…:-)
    6. A. How can you see Christ as Man in the 1st psalm? How did Jesus live out the truths of the man who was blessed?
    Psalm 1 brings to mind John 15 (i.e., Jesus’ teaching of the vine and branches with Father God being the Gardener).  I see Jesus as our inter-mediator…the positive qualities/character described in Psalm 1 were displayed by Jesus; He didn’t succumb to pressures put upon Him by the “religious leaders” of His day to “fall in” and conform.  Jesus stayed true to the Father’s will.
    B. How can you see Christ as Messiah in the 2nd psalm?
    So easily…(NLT)2:6…”I have placed My chosen King on the throne”2:7…”the King proclaims the Lord’s decree: ‘…You are My Son'”2:12…”submit to God’s royal Son…what joy for all those who take refuge in Him”
    C. How can you see Christ as The Suffering Servant in the 3rd psalm?
    (NLT)3:1…”So many enemies; so many against Me”3:2…”So many are saying, ‘God will never rescue Him!'”3:6…”ten thousand enemies who surround Me on every side”3:7…”Rescue Me, My God”

  41. 6. Patrick Reardon says the first three psalms form a tripod on which all the others psalms rest, showing Christ as Man, Messiah, and Suffering Servant.
    A. How can you see Christ as Man in the 1st psalm? How did Jesus live out the truths of the man who was blessed? – I may be way off here but when I read and re-read Psalm 1 what I picture is the path Jesus, as a man, was on on his way to be crucified. The mockers who went along with wanting him crucified, they will be the ones that wither and die and those that stood by his side would live to see him return again a true blessing of life and re-birth.
    B. How can you see Christ as Messiah in the 2nd psalm? – I see the cross, the death of Jesus to free me from my sins as he became the Son of God. The chains of the criminals were loosened and they were set free only for Jesus to die on the cross. The judges thinking they crucified who the real criminal was will only come to find that He will break the iron rods that they put thru his hands by defying death on the cross to their amazement. The Lord laughs at them and will judge them for their wrongdoings. God’s Word was fulfilled.
    C. How can you see Christ as The Suffering Servant in the 3rd psalm? – Oh my how this has just opened up my eyes. Thank you Dee! Jesus is the one suffering again as he walks the path to the cross. All those yelling for him to be crucified, balking at him to save himself if he claims he is the son of God. He suffers so much and cries out to The Lord take this cup from me, but knowing this is something he has to do. The Lord does listen and rises him from the dead to show how much grace and mercy he has for us. He gives him full reign over us as the son of God.

  42. 7. READ THE PSALM AND THEN PRAY AS FOLLOWS:
    A. A sentence of praise for what you learned about Christ: – Oh Lord I praise you for doing as your Father instructed even though you suffered a terrible death, you did it because you loved Him and me. Thank you Lord for taking my sins away from me so I may live a prosperous life with you.
    B. A plea that He would so dwell in you that His desires would be your desires, and that He would help you meditate day and night (Optional — pray through Psalm 1 for your loved ones) – I pray Lord that I may be one of those that follow you and not live among the mockers. Help me Lord to be the tree that soaks up your living water so I may continue to grow and be a blessing to your name. In Jesus name I pray, AMEN!

  43. 5. Consider the book ends of Book 1 of the Psalter (Psalms 1-41)
    A. How does the first psalm in Book 1 of the psalter begin? (Psalm 1:1)
     
    “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.”   I have always heard that the word blessed means “happy.”   So,  happy is the person who doesn’t listen to the advice of disobedient associates, who don’t surround  themselves with people who dishonor, discredit, or ridicule God. 
    B. The ancients saw Psalms 1 and 2 as one piece. How does Psalm 2 end?
     
    Blessed are all who take refuge in him.  “Him” refers to  Jesus Christ.
    B. How does the last psalm in Book 1 of the psalter begin? (Psalm 41:1)
     
    “Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the Lord delivers him in times of trouble.   The Bible often speaks of God’s care for the weak, poor and needy, and of his blessing on those who share His concern.  As He has blessed us, we should in turn bless others, especially those in need. 
    C. How does the last psalm in Book 1 end? (Psalm 41:12)
     
    I think the reference was supposed to be for 41:13 instead of 41:12.  I am going to answer that way.   “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.  Amen and Amen.”      Actually each one of the five books of Psalms ends in something that sounds a lot like a Doxology, “Praise be to God.”  
    D. What book-end theme do you see? Do you see the gospel? If so, how?
     
    Joy in the Lord.   First it is talking about Joy walking in the Lord’s way, obeying Him and surrounding ourselves with others who love Him.   Then it moves to living the way Jesus lived, by showing care and concern for the lesser ones, the weak and the needy.  Finally, it is the joy of eternal life “from everlasting to everlasting,” Amen and Amen.
     
     

  44. I have been away for new year’s. I was not able to keep up at all so I have not read comments except a few here and there. I am very glad to see so many joining us and welcome you warmly. Tammy I did see your update. I’m sorry you are hurting so. I will pray for you too.
    Dee, I loved your prayer and say amen!
     
    6A. How can you see Christ as Man in the 1st psalm? How did Jesus live out the truths of the man who was blessed?
    Jesus was a perfect man. He did not listen to the counsel of the ungodly or join in with scoffers. He delighted in the law of The Lord which He spoke all the time. He knew it perfectly. He flourished in His Father and all that He did prospered particularly His death on the cross. It was a perfect work. 
    Jesus lived out the truths of the man who is blessed in many ways.
    1. He lived a perfect life. While He spent much time in the presence of sinners, He never received counsel from them or joined in with their scoffing.
    2. He loved nothing more than His Father and time spent with Him. 
    3. He loved the law, knew it completely and spoke it.
    4. He bore fruit as He walked this earth teaching and touching people’s lives
    5. From birth He was nurtured and protected by the Father until He began His ministry. In that season He bore much fruit as He birthed the church through the disciples.
    6. His leaf did not wither. This makes me think of the fact that he did not grow old. In the prime of His life He laid it down to redeem a people for Himself. He was resurrected to magnificent glory where He stands at the right hand of God the Father.
     
    B. How can you see Christ as Messiah in the 2nd psalm?
    Verse 6 calls Him “My King” on His holy hill of Zion.
    Verse 7 calls Him Son who will possess the nations (v.8)
    Only the Messiah can break and rule over the nations.
     
    C. How can you see Christ as The Suffering Servant in the 3rd psalm? 
    Though He was troubled and had many enemies out to destroy Him He trusted in God. He cried to The Father and He heard Him.
    Most particularly I see the death and resurrection of Christ in verses 5&6. He laid down and slept and then awoke for He sustained Him.
    In verse 7 He struck and destroyed the enemy bringing salvation and blessing upon His people.

    1. Anne, so glad to see you here.  A couple weeks back on Dee’s study, you mentioned a good book on unbelieving  husbands that you were reading.  Would you mind giving me the name of it  and the  author?  Thanks !

      1. Hi Joyce. I haven’t read the book yet but my friend read me some excerpts and I was impressed. Linda Davis is the author. How to be the Happy Wife of an unsaved Husband is the name. Be careful. More than one Linda davis.

        1. Thank you Anne…I will be careful!

  45. 6. Patrick Reardon says the first three psalms form a tripod on which all the others psalms rest, showing Christ as Man, Messiah, and Suffering Servant.
    A. How can you see Christ as Man in the 1st psalm? How did Jesus live out the truths of the man who was blessed? 
     
    Jesus lived a lawful life, attended the synagogues, sometimes taught in them.  He showed care and concern for others, and he maintained constant communication with the Father, taking time to get off  alone for prayer. 
    B. How can you see Christ as Messiah in the 2nd psalm?
    Vs. 7:   “…You are my Son, today I have become your Father.”   Sounds reminiscent of God’s words at the time of Jesus’ baptism.     Also this Psalm seems to describe the rebellion of the nations and the coming of Christ to establish his eternal reign.   
     
    C. How can you see Christ as The Suffering Servant in the 3rd psalm?
     
    Well, I don’t like to admit it — but I don’t see it!  I understand the concept of the Suffering Servant, but so far I can’t see it in this particular Psalm.  I will be interested in what others find.

  46.  I was getting overwhelmed by the flood of insights and homework extras but took a deep breath and read what I could and decided if I can just focus on praying the Psalms then I am on the right track!  I so love to make the scriptures about me and didn’t realize I was doing that till this week! I always wondered why reading scripture or prayer didn’t seem to be give me that deep peace I so long for. I have never prayed scripture before this week.  It felt strange but powerful. I find like this will be life changing for my spiritual walk.  By focusing on Christ instead of me I do believe I’m gonna see a transformation take place.  I know God is taking me to a higher plain than I have found, lord plant my feet on higher ground! Thank u ladies!!!

      1. Certainly! Share away! 😉

  47. Two quick comments and then bed:
     
    My thumb is much better today. Thanks for the prayers. I have no idea what caused it, but I am so grateful for the healing.
     
    Secondly, has anyone heard of The ESV Gospel Transformation Bible? I found a reference to it as a Bible with notesfrom a Christ-centered perspective. Sounds good. Has anyone used it? Just wondering …

    1. Diane, So glad to hear your thumb is better.  Sorry, haven’t used that Bible, but now I’m curious enough to investigate 🙂

    2. Wow — did you see this site? http://gospeltransformationbible.org    I downloaded the sample; even the outlines got me excited about seeing the gospel throughout the OT.
      And you can read and listen to the ESV here: http://www.esvbible.org and it doesn’t even sound robotic!   You get full access to the site when purchasing the Bible, I think.

      1. I have an ESV study Bible and love the accuracy of the translation and the study notes. I also use the online study notes website a lot, but I hadn’t seen the Gospel Transformation website with samples. Thanks for the link, Renee.

    3. Diane–praise about your thumb! Yes, I’ve been eying that Gospel Transformation Bible a few months, I received an pre-publication email about it a while back–looks INCREDIBLE! But in the last few days, I just bought the “New Bible Commentary” (any thoughts on that?) as well as Spurgeons’ 3 Psalm commentaries, and with 10 Bibles on my bookshelves, I am going to have to wait 🙂

    4. Good to hear that your thumb is doing better, Diane.  I have not heard of the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible but will check into the link provided by Renee…from Renee’s comment, it looks wonderful!