My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.



Thursday, August 31, 2006

Proverbs 25

Solomon's sayings as preserved by Hezekiah's men

Summary:
God hides and the king reveals.
Be humble and have low expectations before the king. Don't accuse your neighbour.
Patience can change the mind of a stubborn ruler.
Don't eat too much, and don't overstay your welcome.
Feed your enemy. Give them water. They'll hate it.

Key verse:
21. If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.

My thoughts:
I love this key verse and its very new testament flavour. More than that, though, I like the following verse which shows its more honest motive.

Not too many parts of the Bible tell us when they are written. This tells us that is was written during Hezekiah's reign. That may well not be true, and I bet Deano will tell us all that it was written in 200AD. I mean CE.

Anyway, talking about boy/girl relationships, I want to introduce a new concept to the world. By new, I mean stolen. It is the Jesus stick. When those youths start getting too close, you pull out the Jesus stick, ask "Is there room for Jesus in your relationship?" and measure the distance between them. They have to be a certain distance apart for Jesus to fit. That'll stop those pesky yong people having sex!

Ryan and EJ be warned...

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Proverbs 24

30! Booyah!

Summary:
19. Don't envy bad people.
20. A family is built through wisdom.
21. You need advisors for victory.
22. Fools don't understand wisdom.
23. If you are evil, people will know!
24. Whether you falter in the hard times determines your character.
25. Save those heading to death. God knows whether you're ignorant or not!
26. Wisdom is sweet like honey. Eat them both.
27. Don't hunt a good man. God's on their side.
28. Don't be happy if your enemy fails.
29. Don't stress when evil people succeed.
30. Fear God and the king! They can destroy you!

More sayings...
Honesty is like a good snog.
Don't vow revenge.
Laziness makes you poor.

Key verse:
11. Rescue those being led away to death;
hold back those staggering toward slaughter.

My thoughts:
Cha! Beat that all you doubters!!! I just followed the NIV's very wise paragraphing and got my 30 sayings within that section! NIV pwns you!

Verse 11 is a good call for evangelism. The following verses are a bit confusing, but they seem to be saying any of:
You can't claim that you didn't know that you had to save people.
You can claim that you didn't know that you had to save people.
You can't claim that you didn't know how to be saved.
You can claim that you didn't know how to be saved.

Verses 21-22 are disturbing. It's putting the king up in the same place God normally sits. Scary...

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Proverbs 23

I am not my own.

Summary:
6. Don't crave the king's food.
7. Don't waste your life chasing money.
8. Don't accept things from stingy people.
9. Ignore idiots.
10. Don't steal old land.
11. Be instructed!
12. Smack your kids.
13. If you're wise, then I'm happy.
14. Don't envy sinners.
15. Don't get drunk.
16. Listen to your folks!
17. Whores are thieves. They'll steal your heart.
18. Drunkards have miserable lives.

Key verse:
26. My son, give me your heart
and let your eyes keep to my ways

My thoughts:
It is so tempting to envy sinners. I wish I could just get drunk, and pick up girls. There are so many things to envy, but if there's one thing Proverbs is telling us is that we need to trust in God's ways and his wisdom above and pleasure we might want. We need to think about the long term.

Look at the key verse. God asks for our heart, our passions, our desires. We give our heart away to people of the opposite sex so freely, though they are untrustworthy. But when God asks for our heart, we hold on, as if God is going to destroy our already shattered heart.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Proverbs 22

Thirty sayings

Summary:
Reputation is more important than wealth. God made both rich and poor!
Train kids well and they'll go well.
If you pull a reverse Robin Hood and steal from the poor and give to the rich, then you'll end up poor yourself.

Listen now to the thirty good sayings of the wise.
1. Don't exploit the poor
2. Don't make angry friends
3. Don't get sucked into promises of credit
4. Don't steal ancient land
5. The skilled work for the king

Key verse:
2. Rich and poor have this in common:
The Lord is the Maker of them all.

My thoughts:
Wow! This chapter has some vague sense of structure! Awesome!

So apparently we are now following the 30 sayings of the wise. I haven't worked them out/counted them in advance so we'll see how this works out. I'm somehow doubtful that I'll get exactly 30.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Proverbs 21

God is +3|-| |3166E5T0rX!!!!!111onetwo

Summary:
Doing good is better than sacrifice.
Better to live here or here than to have an annoying wife.
If you don't listen to the cries of the poor, then don't expect anyone to listen to you!
If you love pleasure then you'll be poor.
Some people constantly want more. Do the opposite! Give more!
Victory is God's and no other's.

Key verse:
30. There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan
that can succeed against the Lord.

My thoughts:
For all the elevation of wisdom in Proverbs, it is good that it is put in perspective, particularly the perspective of 1 Corinthians 1-3. No matter how wise we get, God is still the only true constant. He will always succeed, but even wisdom will fail against God.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Proverbs 20

So... like... here are some good sayings...

Summary:
Alcohol screws with your mind.
It's good to avoid fights.
People claim to be faithful... but they aren't. No-one can claim perfection.
Intelligent people are rarer than gems.
Get advice before going to war!
Don't seek revenge.
God's light searches us.

Key verse:
27. The lamp of the Lord searches the spirit of a man;
it searches out his inmost being.

My thoughts:
I was just checking out the ol' Skeptic's Annotated Bible. What a fool. He's in love with Proverbs though... In general though, it goes to show that you really can't understand the Bible in an realistic way if you refuse to believe that, hey, maybe something spiritual (eg. God) actually exists. Anyway. That's not really relevant, but neither is Proverbs to my life.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Proverbs 19

We all wanna be loved... ye-ah...

Summary:
Being passionate but ignorant is dangerous.
Rich people have friends, poor people don't. Their family doesn't even like them!
A dumb kid can destroy a parent. An annoying wife is like Chinese water torture. You can't inherit a good wife!
Don't kill your kid. That's just not nice!
We have many plans in mind, but God's one is the one which will work.
Every man wants love.
Some people are so lazy, they can't even be bothered bringing their food up to their mouth to eat! Gosh!

Key verse:
22. What a man desires is unfailing love

My thoughts:
It's so simple yet so true. Everyone wants to be loved and accepted. We have ways of toning it down and hiding it, but ultimately I believe pretty much everything we do is ultimately motivated by a desire to feel loved.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Proverbs 18

Mmmm... Bubbles...

Summary:
Our words are like an ocean, but wisdom is like a little spa pool.
Gossip tastes so good...
God is a safe tower when needed.
Pride comes before a fall.
Listen to the question before you try to answer!
If you don't argue against what someone says, everyone will assume he's right!
A offended friend can be harder to reach than a defended base. You might have lots of friends, but look for the few who will stick close! Wives are good!

Key verses:
4. The words of a man's mouth are deep waters,
but the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.
21. The tongue has the power of life and death,
and those who love it will eat its fruit.
24. A man of many companions may come to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

My thoughts:
I don't get one of today's key verses (verse 4). Does anyone understand it?

Otherwise there are some generally good and interesting proverbs in this chapter. Vague aye?

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Proverbs 17

To bribe or not to bribe

Summary:
Just as gold is refined by fire, God refines our hearts.
Bribes will sort you out sweet.
It's best to ignore an offence and just move forward in love.
Be happy! It improves your health!
Only bad people secretly take bribes.
If you're and idiot, then just keep quiet. Then you'll be that crazy mysterious guy who never talks and maybe just might secretly be a genius.

Key verses:
8. A bribe is a charm to the one who gives it;
wherever he turns, he succeeds.
23. A wicked man accepts a bribe in secret
to pervert the course of justice.

My thoughts:
Gotta love the apparent ambiguous morality of the Bible!

Proverbs are a bunch of sayings from many different sources, and they shouldn't be seen as rule, but just as generally understandable sayings which express reality. The saying "If you lean back on your chair, you will fall off" isn't always true, but it doesn't mean its a bad saying.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Proverbs 16

God at the toss of a coin!

Summary:
Whether you feel innocent doesn't matter. God decides.
If you give your plans to God, he won't disappoint.
We might plan where we want to go... but God takes us there.
Get kings to like you. They're powerful.
If you're old, then you should be proud of it! Old age is a prize.
If you want to know God's will... then just toss a coin!

Key verse:
33. The lot is cast into the lap,
but its every decision is from the Lord.

My thoughts:
I had a brief talk with Mark the other day on MSN, and he was concerned about the use of lots in the Bible, both in the old testament and new.

Lots are commonly used and accepted as a way to determine God's will, and this is made explicit here. I guess, this understanding that lots are completely random and not biased, so the only thing to affect the outcome is God. We still sorta follow this principle whenever we toss a coin to make a decision.

We, however, would never seriously consider tossing coins to determine things such as church leaders, though in the context of Acts, it must be noted that there was a lengthly process of rational thought going into the decision making process before one of the two remaining candidates were randomly chosen.

Anyway, I don't think we should do away with rational decision making of course... but if someone feels like making a bunch of decisions by praying over coins then tossing them... then I'd be interested to see the results!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Proverbs 15

Just like Santa...

Summary:
Nice words can diffuse a worsening situation.

God is watching you.

God doesn't care about your sacrifice if you are wicked anyway.

It's better to be poor and have God than be rich without him.
It's better to have bad food prepared in love than a gourmet feast with hatred.

Plans with lots of advice generally succeed!

God is against the proud and with the humble. You have to be humble before you get exalted!

Key verse:
3. The eyes of the Lord are everywhere,
keeping watch on the wicked and the good.

My thoughts:
I reckon if we could really get a sense of God watching us, we'd probably never do anything wrong. Too bad he's invisible...

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Proverbs 14

Words

Summary:
Keep away from idiots. If you're wise, you'll think things through.

The true bitterness and joy of a heart can only be really known by that heart alone.

We can't just do what we think is right. We need to trust God.

Rich people have more friends.

All talk and no work means no food.

Fearing God brings life.

If you oppress the poor then you're trying to opress God. That's not smart.

Key verse:
12. There is a way that seems right to a man,
but in the end it leads to death.

My thoughts:
I've already discussed how we have to trust God rather than ourselves, and this verse is another clear example of this.

Proverbs seems to have a strong focus on our lips and on the things we say. It mostly seems to be saying that the lips of good people bring good stuff, but the lips of bad people bring bad stuff. What we say to people and how we use language is very powerful, and if not used properly can be quite destructive.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Proverbs 13

Good friends and child abuse. Two peas in a pod.

Summary:
Your words will determine how you turn out.

Don't lie to yourself about what you have. Remember; a rich man is chased for his money, a poor man is not.

Accumulating wealth always works better than get-rich-quick schemes.

We should listen to instruction, and keep good company.

The poor man works hard on a good field... but then he loses it all because of the injustice in the world.

If you love you child... you will hit them. With a rod.

Key verse:
20. He who walks with the wise grows wise,
but a companion of fools suffers harm.

My thoughts:
Picking your friend is always a balance. You always want to have enough 'good influences' that you don't slide into being someone you don't want to be... but also you want to have people for whom you are the 'good influence' of.

For me there's these two sides. Some people hang out with bad influences and try to foolishly pretend that it doesn't affect them. That's just arrogance. It totally does affect you.

But also, on the other hand you can lock yourself up in a nice comfortable Christian bubble, and make no effort to be friends with non-Christians. I'm often in danger of this, and so I make a distinct effort to flat with non-Christians next year. If you have no non-Christian friends, how can you expect to see people come to Christ?

Oh... and the old Proverbial child beating dilemma. Proverbs supports hitting your children for discipline on more than one occasion. Basically, I agree with reasonable force being used to discipline children. It should never be done in anger though.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Proverbs 12

Immortality?

Summary:
We should be good and love discipline. Our wives can make or break us.

Righteous people are better than wicked people.


It's better to be an unknown, yet have success, than to be known and be a failure. Good people are nice to animals.

Foolish people are quick to anger, and think they know what they're doing.

Your words can be a sword or they can bring healing. You decide.

Key verse:
28. In the way of righteousness there is life;
along that path is immortality.

My thoughts:
For Proverbs, my summaries are really inadequate. They are basically me just pulling out the bits I find most interesting.

If you have been reading the comments you will notice a brief discussion recently about the role of eternal life in old testament texts. It is true that in general the older texts do not have an appreciation of afterlife, at least in the Christian sense of the term. Later texts such as Daniel 12 mention it explicitly though.

However, while much of wisdom literature laments the finality of death, there does seem to be some sense of humanity reach for eternity, and at least the hypothetical chance of attaining it. Today's key verse is one example. Also the Adam and Eve story in Genesis 2-3 has strong connections with wisdom literature (with Adam and Eve seeking to know good and evil), but also with humanity reaching for eternal life in the tree of life. As in other ancient cultures immortality is seen as something that the gods have, and that humanity reaches for.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Proverbs 11

All you'll get is wealth

Summary:
God wants you to measure honestly and be humble. When it comes down to it, money can't save you.

When a bad person dies, all their hopes are lost.

The success of a city depends on its righteous people.

Pledges and oaths are often unhelpful.

The wicked will be punished. A girl without discretion is like giving money to a dog. What's it going to do with it?

If you look for good, then you'll find it.

A righteous person will see other lives changed too.

Key verse:
16. A kindhearted woman gains respect,
but ruthless men gain only wealth.

My thoughts:
What a bizarre proverb. I love the lack of respect for wealth here. It really jars with out society. I know many people who would be very ruthless if they believed this proverb to be true.

More importantly though.... I'm up to date! I'm actually freaken up to date! This is like the first time since March that I've been up to date. I think at my worst point I was over three weeks behind, but I was never a month behind.

Everyone say YAY FOR PETE!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Proverbs 10

Solomon says

Summary:
Be wise and righteous. It's better than other stuff. Don't be lazy. Things go better for the righteous.

Love just works better than hate.

Stupid people bring disaster on themselves.

Dishonest people are liars. Too many words can cause sin.

Righteous words are like good food. Yum! As the wicked are washed away, the righteous will stay strong.

Key verse:
12. Hatred stirs up dissension,
but love covers over all wrongs.

My thoughts:
After being quite impressed by the first 9 chapters of Proverbs, now we seem to be into the random lists of sayings. It's hard to summarise, because they have no real continuity, and most of them have the same point. Basically, it's better to be righteous than wicked. Also be wise. I hope I'll find things to say.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Proverbs 9

The two invitations

Summary:
Wisdom has set her table and is inviting all those who need it to come to her house and eat and become wise. She knows that a wise man accepts advice, but a moron gets bitter about rebuke.

But Stupidity sits in front of the graveyard inviting everyone with lies. There's a reason she's near the graveyard.

Key verse:
9. Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still

My thoughts:
As far as proverbs is concerned, there are only two directions. You can go in the direction of wisdom, or you can go in the direction of stupidity. There is no middle road.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Proverbs 8

Pre-existent Wisdom

Summary:
Wisdom cries out for people to understand her. She ain't silent.

"Everything I say is right. Choose me over wealth. I am wise, and I hate arrogance. Good rulers use me. You can find me if you try! I was there at the very beginning, before he had even begun making the heavens or the earth. I helped him in creation.


"If you find me you are blessed. If you don't then you're cursed."

Key verse:
35. For whoever finds me finds life
and receives favor from the Lord.

My thoughts:
This is the most oft quoted verse referencing Jesus to wisdom. I'll note here that when John refers to Jesus as the Word or the Logos, he might as well call him Wisdom or Sofia. The only issue is that Sofia is a girl's name and Logos is a boy's name.

Jesus is seen as the personification of wisdom, and the final 2 verses of this chapter are interesting if seen in the light of Jesus:-

For whoever finds Jesus finds life
and receives favor from the Lord.
But whoever fails to find Jesus harms himself;
all who hate me love death.

This would be a claim to exclusivity which is self-evident for wisdom, yet when we think of Jesus in this light, the accusations fly regarding how it is unfair that Jesus is the only way to the father.

Perhaps it is unfair, unless Jesus, Wisdom, really is a constant of the universe; found if he is sought.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Proverbs 7

My name is Solomon, and I am a voyeur.

Summary:
If you tie yourself to wisdom, you'll keep away from seductive ladies.

I've seen it go bad. I watched a stupid young man from my window, and he came to a door, and woman came to meet him. She told him that everything was ready, and that her husband was gone.

He followed her like sheep to the slaughter house. He is not her first victim.

Key verse:
22. All at once he followed her
like an ox going to the slaughter,
like a deer stepping into a noose

My thoughts:
I remember a far side I once saw (but can't find on the internet... it's not a famous one), where all the cows are lining up to go into the slaughterhouse, but one cow was pushing in at the front, and the other cows were complaining. Wow... that really put the laughter in slaughterhouse.

If there's one thing this chapter is saying is that there is nothing wrong with a bit of good ol' fashioned Christian voyeurism. Bring on Big Brother!

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Proverbs 6

Fire burns

Summary:
If you a bound by your fellow man, then plead for freedom. Be like a bird. Don't be lazy, or you'll get poor.

God hates: lust; lying; violence; conspiracy; immature haste; false witness; stirring.

My words will guide you. They will be your light. Keep away from nasty women. They will prey on you like food.

You wouldn't jump on fire, cos you're not an idiot. So don't mess around with immoral women. You'll get burnt. A poor man stealing bread gets mercy, but you won't. Think how angry the husband chasing you will be!

Key verse:
28. Can a man walk on hot coals
without his feet being scorched?

My thoughts:
Proverbs is often seen as the words of advice from a father to his son. It is perhaps not surprising then that there is such a focus on women. They can be a massive downfall to unwary young men.

I love the cause-and-effect notion of punishment in this chapter. Messing around with bad women is like jumping on fire. It's not a disciplining rod that makes it hurt. It's the fire. It burns. That's what it does.

Same with bad women.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Proverbs 5

Evilpsychobeasthose

Summary:
On the outside the sexy ladies are sweet as honey, but inside they are bitter enough to destroy you. She leads to death.

Keep away from her. Don't even give her time. Or else you'll be at the end of your life, and wonder why you turned away from discipline.

Make sure no-one else gets your 'water'... if ya know what I mean ;)

Be happy with just your wife. Remember... Jesus is watching you.

Key verse:
4. in the end she is bitter as gall,
sharp as a double-edged sword.

My thoughts:
Of course Jesus isn't mentioned in this ancient Hebrew text... but you know... He is watching you.

Women... What can ya do? Run. Run far and run fast. I know this kinda contradicts my last chapter's thoughts, but sometimes you do just gotta run. Not all women are evilpsychobeasthose though.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Proverbs 4

Listen to Daddy.

Summary:
Listen to me like I listened to my father. Get wisdom and understanding; even if you lose everything else. They will be your crown.

Listen and you'll live long. I'll keep you safe. Don't follow evil paths. Those ways make you lose sleep!

The good paths though... Ah! They are like pure light.

These words are your life. Don't stray from them.

Key verse:
23. Above all else, guard your heart,
for it is the wellspring of life.

My thoughts:
I was going to write about stuff like how we should listen to the advice of other and not be arrogant etc. but after seeing verse 23, I am going on another rant.

Guard your heart above all else. Basically this means be scared of the opposite sex because they want to destroy your heart. Avoid them, and certainly don't start intimate relationships with them. Freak out when they talk to you, and don't like them.

No. No no no no no. Stupid Christians. We need to be careful not to throw out hearts away to those who will abuse it, but similarly we cannot truly love unless we are willing to make ourselves at least a bit vulnerable. I'm talking about marriage type love. At some point we need to be able to entrust our heart to someone of the opposite sex (if we plan to get married). Of course, we need to be careful, but not fearful, and not ridiculous.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Proverbs 3

God is smarter than us

Summary:
If you listen, you'll live long. Have love and faithfulness, and trust God above yourself. Love him with your money, and accept discipline.

Wisdom is better than money. She has life and honour, and God made the world with her.

If you judge things well, then you won't have to worry. Be nice to your neighbour, and give them the good they deserve. God curses the wicked.

Key verse:
5. Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding

My thoughts:
In Greek understanding you have the very similar notion of logos, or the word. It is like the Hebrew idea of wisdom, in that it is seen as a universal constant, involved in the very intrinsic nature of everything. It is involved in creation. There are also similarities with the Enlightenment concept of reason.

I think today's key verse is vitally important. People are cocky today. People trust their own understanding, and they will disagree with anyone who disagrees with them. I think as Christians we should trust God's ability to think above our own. That means doing some things that God says before we completely understand why. We will never understand everything. We need to trust God.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Proverbs 2

Sexy ladies. Bad.

Summary:
If you listen to me, and value wisdom like money, then you will understand God. This is cos God gives wisdom and victory. You will know what to do. Wisdom will guide you and keep you from stupid people. She will keep you from women who are too attractive for their own good! She will keep you by good people.

Key verse:
16. It will save you also from the adulteress,
from the wayward wife with her seductive words

My thoughts:
Maybe I need wisdom. I have constant problems with extremely attractive women chasing me. It gets really annoying. Maybe if I have wisdom with me, then they'll be less of a nuisance!

Monday, August 07, 2006

Proverbs 1

Wisdom. It's freaken brilliant.

Summary:
These proverbs are to live a good wise and simple life. Fearing God is the starting point.

Kid, don't listen to sinners, but listen to Mum and Dad. The sinners set traps for themselves.

Wisdom yells out to the world crying, "Why don't you listen to me? Because you ignore me, then I'll just laugh at you when you fail. You should've listened to me!"

Key verse:
7. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge

My thoughts:
So yea... Proverbs... This is the beginning of the wisdom literature (maybe Job was too), which obviously has a big focus on wisdom. Wisdom is often personified and seen as a preexistent being, which is quite extreme. Jesus, in the New Testament is associated with wisdom.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Psalm 150

Hallelujah

Summary:
Praise God where he lives, cos he's awesome. Praise him with all the instruments you can think of.

Key verse:
6. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.

My thoughts:
Good psalm! God needs praise.

We should use anything we can to praise God. Be creative!

Anyway... this is the last psalm (unless you read the apocrypha). On to Proverbs!

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Psalm 149

Praise and vengeance

Summary:
May Israel praise with music and dancing. God loves his people.

May the saints praise God and give the nations what they deserve.

Key verse:
6. May the praise of God be in their mouths
and a double-edged sword in their hands

My thoughts:
A Bible in one hand and a sword in the other. Beautiful.

These last few psalms are called the 'Hallelujahs' as they all start and begin with "Praise the Lord", and their main focus is praise. Hallelu = Praise (imperative 2mp); Yah = short for Yahweh = Lord.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Psalm 148

Heaven and earth praise God!

Summary:
Everything in heaven, praise God! He created them with a word.

Everything on earth, praise God! He is awesome.

He has given us a King.

Key verse:
14. He has raised up for his people a horn,
the praise of all his saints

My thoughts:
By referring to heaven and earth, the psalmist is basically commanding absolutely everything (except God himself) to praise God.

I like to think that this 'horn' or 'king' in verse 14 is referring to Jesus. But then, I am a Christian.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Psalm 147

Salvation is from the Jews

Summary:
Praise God! He builds Jerusalem and knows the stars names. He makes nature work!

He doesn't care about strength, he just wants people who fear him.

Praise him, Jerusalem, cos he's looking after you! He makes nature work with his word.

He has revealed his word to us, and no-one else.

Key verses:
19. He has revealed his word to Jacob,
his laws and decrees to Israel.
20. He has done this for no other nation

My thoughts:
It's all about revelation. Before Jesus, only the Jews knew God, because he had revealed himself to them. But now, Jesus has given us the final and authoritative revelation of God, and because of Jesus we can all know God.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Psalm 146

Where does your help come from?

Summary:
I'll always praise God. Trust him, cos he won't die like people do!

People who look to God will be blessed. He looks after the oppressed.

Key verse:
5. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob

My thoughts:
There are so many things we need help with. One of the biggest ones is our confidence. We want to be loved, and we want people to see us as successful. However, so often we are looking to other people for this help. We must look to God, because he's the only one who will satisfy.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Psalm 145

God is just plain good.

Summary:
I'll always praise you God. You rock!

From parents to their kids, people will talk about what you do.

God's just plain good and he will be praised. Your kingdom won't end. God looks after the the little guy. He's just plain good.

Key verse:
9. The Lord is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made.

My thoughts:
With all the crap that happens in the world, then it's sometimes tempting to think that God is good to some but has chosen some to be screwed, but we worship a God who is good to ALL!