Saturday, February 12, 2011

Psalms 76-80

Yes! I've officially passed the halfway mark!

Psalm 76

God is awesome because he kills horses and smashes chariots. 10 to 14 year old girls everywhere vow to take up Buddhism instead.

Psalm 77

Asaph can't sleep because he keeps replaying past events in his mind. I can so identify. What specifically is he remembering? The times when god used to communicate. He hasn't been around for awhile and Asaph sits up at night hoping he'll come back, like a wife waiting for her philandering husband.

Psalm 78

Some things never change. Asaph says of the youth of his day a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God (v. 8), They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law; and forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them (v. 10 & 11).

Then he rehashes the events of Exodus through Numbers and the Samuels.

Psalm 79

Asaph is sick and tired of being punished and asks god to pour his wrath out on some heathens or something. Also, he asks for clemency for death-row inmates, though at the same time he asks for seven-fold revenge on his enemies.

Psalm 80

Asaph compares the Israelites to a tree and god to a clumsy gardner who trims the hedges so low that passing vagabonds can pick the fruit. But rather than advertising for a new gardner, Asaph foolishly wants god to come back and fix his shoddy work.

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