The poet opens Psalm 46 with God's provision. In difficult circumstances, he turned to God for assistance and found it. "* That God Himself was a haven of shelter, as the towns of refuge protected the runaway in Israel," he could affirm from experience.
He went on to extol God's greatness and honor Him with music and prayer. This psalm has become known as the "psalmist's prayer" because of its conclusion.
It has been suggested that the last line actually consists of two lines joined by one ancient copyist. It is possible to interpret this as an expression of awe before God, or even as a cry for help. Whatever its origin, this verse has given rise to many interpretations over the years:
"O Lord, my heart is not proud; I am only human. But even so, I want you to know how great you are. You are more powerful than any army out there. Not only that, but you control everything—the good and the bad, the living and the dead. So no matter what happens, never quit on me."
God is omnipresent (present everywhere) and omniscient (all-knowing). He knows what you need before you ask Him, and because of this, there is no need to pray for wisdom when presented with a challenging situation. Instead, we can simply turn to Him.
Psalm 46 is the 46th psalm in the Book of Psalms, starting with "God is our shelter and strength, a very present help in trouble," according to the King James Version. ... Hebrew Bible translation.
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Psalm 46 is the 46th psalm in the Book of Psalms, starting with "God is our shelter and strength, a very present help in trouble," according to the King James Version. Psalm 46 is the 46th psalm in the Book of Psalms, starting with "God is our shelter and strength, a very present help in trouble," according to the King James Version.
The psalm, in its whole of nine verses, expresses longing for Jerusalem as well as wrath for the Holy City's foes, often with violent imagery. The hymn was assigned to the prophet Jeremiah by rabbinical sources, and the Septuagint version of the psalm carries the superscription "For David."
Psalm 137 is one of the so-called "penal psalms," which describe the punishment that sin deserves. These poems usually begin with a statement of innocence (or ignorance) followed by a confession of guilt. They often include a call for justice, along with prayers for mercy. The poet of Psalm 137 fits this pattern: He begins by admitting his guilt (verse 1), asks for forgiveness (v. 4), and then pleads for justice to be done (vv. 5-9).
This psalm has been interpreted as referring to many different situations or events in history. It has been suggested that it describes the exile of Judah from Israel, the destruction of both cities, or even the invasion of Egypt by the Assyrians. However, the language of verse 1 seems to rule out any such recent event as the exile, since the holy city was still inhabited at that time. Further, although Jerusalem did suffer destruction during the Babylonian captivity, there is no evidence that this fact formed the basis for the psalmist's complaint.
Psalm 22. Jesus prayed this psalm as he was dying on the cross.
Jesus said "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."
We can be sure that he spoke these words, because the New Testament tells us that he cried out from the cross.
The Bible says that he cried out like a baby who has just been put into his mother's arms for the first time...and he never stopped crying until he died on the cross at age 30.
This shows that there was more than one reason why he was crying out on the cross. Perhaps you can imagine what was going through his mind at that moment...
He was God, and yet he felt like a victim of circumstance. The Bible says that he felt pain every time he heard men mocking him and saying cruel things about himself.
He had taken on human form, so it wasn't surprising if he felt vulnerable too. After all, we women can feel insecure when some guy looks at us with anger in his eyes.
Psalm 22 is a journey from the depths of grief and suffering to the last triumphal proclaim. Jesus knew the entire psalm by heart and understood it as a prophecy of his own death but also a prophecy of hope and victory in the end. He applied many of its verses to himself.
Jesus' death on the cross was not a private matter between him and God. It had profound public implications for everyone. His resurrection from the dead proves that he has conquered death and offers hope to us all.
The Bible is clear that there will be a future life where everyone who has ever lived will receive justice from a righteous judge. Some people think this means after we die, nothing happens then we are gone forever. But the Bible says otherwise: "But someone will call out from the city, 'Here I am! I can help you!' " (Luke 19:14). In other words, there is a final judgment after we die and some people will be reunited with loved ones here and now others will not. However, those who have never heard about Jesus will still be punished for their sins after they die because God is always just.
So Jesus' death on the cross was not a wasted effort. It provided salvation for everyone and guarantees a glorious future for all who believe in him.