Exploring the Contours of Psalms
The Psalms are a fundamental part of Biblical Literature. Here I would like to make the content of psalms into a thematic explanation.
First of all they express glory, devotion, praise, honor and worship of God—Jehovah Jesus. What is glory? Glory means something fascinating admirable. We look upon the divine nature of Christ and worship him with our soul and spirit. Glory is embedded in the trinity. The Psalmist King David pays homage to God using his harp. Glory is a characteristic that points out to a divine nature of Christ. What is devotion? It is the love of God, a gift sanctioned by him to love him above all other things. What does devotion mean? Devotion means being attached to Christ. Attached means we are steadfastly obeying the commands of God and we have to offer him prayer as a homage. What does Praise mean? Praising him means offering him a homage in prayer. We accept the divinity of Christ, we acknowledge his infinite love and we are always in a state of thanking him. What does honor mean? It means basking in on the virtuous qualities of God. God says: I am that I am and we have the responsibility to honor him. We have to worship God Jehovah Jesus because he is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. We have to pay him our deepest homage. We are indebted to him for his unfailing love and we have to worship him because he gives us grace and mercy to live our life on earth.
Next the Psalms are offerings made by the Israelites to become victorious while fighting battles. We all know that Israel is a nation that was constantly facing threats from marauders. The psalmist, kind David is oppressed by Saul and he pleads with God to save him from his enemy. God has always been a protector of Israel while waging battles. He was Israel’s stronghold. He is a rock making the Israelites courageous in war.
Next the Psalms are verses written for the well being and celebration of life. The psalms reflect man’s desire to be endowed with the goodness of life. Life is acknowledged as privileged gift of God— Jehovah Jesus. Man’s life and hope is embedded with Christ the God.
Next the psalms address being free from and the healing of diseases. God is the master physician who can heal any disease. The psalmist prays to God for quick healing and being disease free.
We all know the story of the prodigal son who took his inheritance and lived a profligate life and finally went into penury. Then he returned to the father and asked forgiveness and his father whole heartedly embraced him. As an idiom it means a kind hearted father who forgives all the transgressions of his children.
My father is a prodigal son.
The heavenly father Christ is a prodigal son for all his sheep.
It is said in the New Testament that the word of God is a double edged sword. As an idiom it means the power of the word over brute might.
Example: Mahatma Gandhi the apostle of non violence used the sword of the word in his protest to free Indian from English colonial rule.
Journalists embody the sword of the word when they undertake risk to cover news.
Well all know the famous event of the Israelites who marched seven times around the wall of Jericho and it fell. It was a miraculous feat. As an idiom it means accomplishing things with little or no effort.
Example: Teaching for me is a Wall of Jericho.
Will Israel’s plan to build the temple at the sight of the mosque be a Wall of Jericho?
We all know the miracle Jesus did when with 5 loaves of bread and two fish he fed the multitude of five thousand. As an idiom it means moving from the scarcity of poverty to the affluence of plenty.
Example: All people desire 5 loaves of Bread and Two pieces of fish.
If an economy can flourish with 5 loaves of Bread and two pieces of fish, that will be celestially wonderful.
God Christ said: ‘in the last days, I will pour out my Spirit and the old shall see dreams and the young will see visions’. For days, I have been contemplating and asking God to give me greater insight. I still haven’t got an appropriate answer but I am prodded to write this piece. First of all I would like to go into the etymology of the words: Vision and Dream. In old English dream meant merriment and enjoyment. Linguists are not clear as to when the meaning changed to that of receiving images in sleep. Vision in its etymological sense refers to the appearance of the supernatural. I am wondering why God used dream for the old and vision for the young. Let’s look at an interpretation in an existential sense. For the old experience is no longer new. For the young experiences are in full bloom as a new born flower. For the old dreams have a generative capacity and for the young visions have a trans-formative capacity. As a generative capacity it means changing the old to the new. As trans-formative capacity it means evolving the new into something better. This is my humble libation for God, Christ, the one Who is, Who was and Who will be the Alpha and the Omega.
First of all I would like to explain the types of faith that I obtained from my simple reading of the Bible. One is loyal faith. We find it in abundance in the Biblical Patriarch Abraham and also in Joseph and Daniel and David. Abraham had to wait a hundred years before Sarah conceived and she was ninety. The whole History of the Jewish Nation can be traced to this Father. Abraham did not question why and what and how? Similarly when Daniel was asked to worship pagan idols he bowed his head only to the one and only one God Jehovah. Daniel was cast in the den of lions, in fire but God miraculously released from all his tribulations. Daniel’s faith can also be called as a faith of test. So was Joseph betrayed by his brothers, treacherously put in prison by Pothphar’s who wanted to bed with him and his faith was tested and he was showed that he was uncompromising. So is the case with Job whose faith was tested with mental, physical and emotional massacre. Next let’s examine the faith of the disciples when they were journeying by boat and encountered turbulent waters and the storm. They became afraid and woke Jesus up. Jesus told them that in spite of being close to him their faith were weak and sickly. Next let’s examine the faith of the woman who was hemorrhaging. She merely touched the garb of Jesus and was healed. This is the faith of belief and conviction. Let’s examine the faith of the Centurion whose servant was dying. He did not even want Jesus to come to his house as he felt it unbecoming of him to invite the master. Here also the working of faith is one of belief and conviction. The Bible defines faith as the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.