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Welcome back my friends,
Welcome to the study of Psalms audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Our Summary – The book of psalms is not narrative (story). It is poetry and so there are few connections between the psalms. One of the ways in which the book is divided up is into 5 'general' sections:
Part 1: 1-41 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Part 2: 42-72 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Part 3: 73-89 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Part 4: 90-106 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Part 5: 107-150audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Let us get down to the verbatim posts of each Psalm, with notes from Matthew Henry, 1710 for more edification. Now continuing from:
Reading 'Verbatim', the Books of the Old Testament - 'the Psalms' - Introduction; Bi-Monthly, SMWF, March 7, 2021; and ongoing.
This week, SMWF, April 4,5,7,9 2021, let us study prayerfully Psalm Chapters 14-17, verbatim.
Chapter 15 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
1 '(A Psalm of David.) LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?
2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.
3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.
4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.
5 He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.'
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
'The way to heaven, if we would be happy, we must be holy. We are encouraged to walk in that way'.
- Here is a very serious question concerning the character of a citizen of Zion. It is the happiness of glorified saints, that they dwell in the holy hill; they are at home there, they shall be for ever there. [It is enough! Like Jesus, so for His. John 16:33; 1 John 5:4]audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
It concerns us to make it sure to ourselves that we have a place among them. And, it is this 'mind-set' my friends that enables us to be 'apart' from this age, this world, though ever helpful and hopeful that others may be granted this 'gift' from, of, and by the Lord of 'grace'. Amen. Amen. [SMQ]
A very plain and particular answer is here given. Those who desire to know their duty, will find the Scripture a very faithful director, and conscience a faithful monitor. A citizen of Zion is sincere in his religion.
[See Proverbs Chapter 3.audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html]
He is really what he professes to be, and endeavours to stand complete in all the will of God. He is just both to God and man; and, in speaking to both, speaks the truth in his heart. He scorns and abhors wrong and fraud; he cannot reckon that a good bargain, nor a saving one, which is made with a lie; and knows that he who wrongs his neighbour will prove, in the end, to have most injured himself. He is very careful to do hurt to no man. He speaks evil of no man, makes not others' faults the matter of his common talk; he makes the best of every body, and the worst of nobody. If an ill-natured story be told him, he will disprove it if he can; if not, it goes no further. He values men by their virtue and piety.
Wicked people are vile people, worthless, and good for nothing; so the word signifies.
He thinks the worse of no man's piety for his poverty and mean condition. He reckons that serious piety puts honour upon a man, more than wealth, or a great name. He honours such, desires their conversation and an interest in their prayers, is glad to show them respect, or do them a kindness.
By this we may judge of ourselves in some measure. Even wise and good men may swear to their own hurt: but see how strong the obligation is, a man must rather suffer loss to himself and his family, than wrong his neighbour. [Is this you? Is this, has this been me? Ask the Lord, before you answer. For it is He, who truly knows the heart that is so deceitful and wicked. Psalm 143:10; Jeremiah 17:9; Matthew 26:39; Mark 14:36; Luke 22:42; John 1:13; 4:34; 5:30; 6:38; Romans 8:20; 9:16] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html]
He will not increase his estate by extortion, or by bribery. He will not, for any gain, or hope of it to himself, do any thing to hurt a righteous cause.
Every true living member of the church, like the church itself, is built upon a Rock. He that doeth these things shall not be moved for ever. The grace of God shall always be sufficient for him. [Deuteronomy 32:4; 2 Samuel 22:2-3; Psalm 18:2, 31; 1 Corinthians 10:4; 1 Peter 2:4, 8] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Note ever so carefully. The union of these tempers and this conduct, can only spring from repentance for sin, faith in the Saviour, and love to him. In other words, like Jesus, 'no my will but thy will be done, Father'.
In these respects, especially so shortly after 'Easter and the Resurrection Remembrance' and the end of Passover, on April 4, 2021, let us examine and prove our own selves.' [2 Corinthians 13:5] Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
In such times as we are in, 2021, [ESTHER 4:14; 2 TIMOTHY 3], these 'Psalms' may have some of the most important information and warning, like never before. Please take your time, prayerfully, before the Lord. Do not leave, without 'searching your heart' with Him, seeing exactly and precisely what He will have to say for and to you, personally. THEN, WITHOUT DELAY - OBEY!! audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Remember, as we study all Holy Bible Scripture, let us all answer the question, the most important reason for studying God's Word - 'Am I here? Oh, Lord, search my heart and get me right, in accordance with you, in Jesus Name, I pray. Amen. Amen'.
For we must each ever remember that in the end, it is still true - we are to Take up Your Cross: for
…35 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and for the gospel will save it. 36 What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? 37 Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?… [Mark 8:35-37] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
This my friends, is why we pray through anything, yes, everything.!! Amen. Amen.
What a God we have as our 'Father'; LORD, SAVIOR, MASTER and EVERYTHING in between!! Amen. Amen.
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