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Friday: Further Thought – Wait on the Lord — 3 Comments

  1. We have come to the end of our study of the Psalms, It has been an interesting journey. Carmel and I read the whole book. I have the complete works of J S Bach on CDs (someone was throwing them out and I rescued them. There are a lot of CDs and a lot of music to listen to. After listening to some of them you realise that Back wrote a lot of fairly mundane music. He wrote masterpieces that everyone knows about. But he also wrote "Etudes" which are essentially practice pieces for his students.

    The Psalms are a bit like that. There are the masterpieces and the study pieces. Some of them like Psalms 19 and 23 resonate strongly with me while others - particularly those about torturing the enemies are disquieting and challenge our notion of inspiration.

    Overall, the experience was worthwhile for me and has given me a better understanding of the Psalms,

    Here is a final thought:

    And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives. Matt 26: 30 or Mark 14: 26 KJV

    After the disciples had eaten with Jesus, they sang a hymn (Probably a Psalm) and then went out to face the real world. And we know that it was not pretty. After we have read and studied the Psalms are we ready to go our and face our real world?

    • Maurice - thank you for sharing that Psalm 19 and 23 resonate with you; they resonate with me as well. I was not familiar with Psalm 19, but just now read it and place it happily with the group of my most favorite Psalms.
      Studying this quarter's lesson, Isaiah 30:15 has become one of my favorits. I hope that you as well will find it providing good food for meditative thought.

  2. When considering the meaning of the word ‘wait’, it occurred to me to have the same meaning as the words ‘faith’ and ‘hope’. ‘Waiting’ does not mean the time we wait on the Lord is void of action; we actually engage in the most powerful aspect of our faith.

    Learning to see ‘faithful and hopeful’ as active aspects of our faith, I found that without maintaining these two aspects in heart and mind as we 'wait on the Lord', our faith would be futile. My heart and mind are more at peace now then they were at the beginning of this study.

    My new understanding about the spiritual 'waiting' has increased my faith and hope as I am now better equipped to –
    ‘Wait upon the Lord’ – Gen. 49:18; Psalm 46:10; Psalm 27:14; Isaiah 40:31; Lamentations 3:25; Isaiah 30:18; Psalm 130:5-6; Psalm 33:20-22; Exodus 14:14; Psalm 62:5; Psalm 37:7; Isaiah 64:4; Psalm 130:5; Prov.20:22.


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