We begin our exploration of Psalm 42 by learning about the sons of Korah and examining the theme of God as the source of living water in both the Old and New Testament. We then discuss several dimensions of our relationship with God including our love and desire for Him, our honesty with Him, and how our hearts and heads can get out of sync in our relationship with Him.
We cover quite a number of topics in this involved Psalm. We discuss its background, why certain imprecatory verses are omitted in the Breviary, and how to view those imprecatory verses and psalms. We examine possible contexts and how new and alive God's presence was to David and should be to us. We examine evangelization through our example in difficulties and how this is a reason for embracing trials with joy. We point out the important differences between the Masoretic Text and Septuagint in this psalm and its messianic nature. We digress into the account of Saul and the Amalekites and the subject of loving obedience being more important than sacrifice. We spend considerable time looking at the reference to this psalm in Hebrews 10 and its relationship to the New Covenant. We touch on sharing our faith but also doing so discretely. We look at examples of how sin can blind us and conclude with the importance of seeing our neediness before God can do great things in us.
Tonight's study begins with Psalm 4 as a possible response of David to Absalom's rebellion. We branched into how we can and must find joy in our afflictions, digressed into one reason for intercessory prayer including prayer to Saints, and concluded with a discussion of complete trust in and surrender to the will of God.
We then continued on to Psalm 134 by first introducing the Songs of Ascents. We referenced the round the clock praise of God in the temple and its extension into our need and desire as a community to provide for those who today offer their lives in constant prayer and praise. With finished by dwelling on the deep intimacy we can have with God.
We then turned off the cameras and prayed Night Prayer of the vigil of All Saints which uses Pss 4 and 134 as the psalmody.
Tonight's study examined Psalm 48 as a response to God's miraculous deliverance of Jerusalem from the overwhelmingly superior Assyrian army. We spent some time addressing how God's perspective on physical life and death may be different from ours as well as the different understandings of love and hate between Hebrew and Christian thought. We touch briefly upon the geography of Jerusalem and some of the common metaphors used in this psalm.
In the unrecorded second half, we prayed the Thursday Morning Office from the 13th week of Ordinary Time.
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