Monday, February 14, 2011

Psalms 86-90: The silent treatment continues

Psalm 86

Praise praise praise. Also, Asaph wants to change his Facebook status to 'in a relationship' so his enemies will believe him.

Psalm 87

Praise for Zion and people who were born there. What happens if you immigrated?

Psalm 88

Asaph gets more dramatic in his pleas to god to stop ignoring him, comparing the feeling to being in a grave. Also, his friends aren't returning his calls. He asks if god performs miracles to impress the dead (I sincerely hope not) and reminds god that he prays every morning. Then to end things, he circles back to the beginning, whining about how sick god's silence makes him.

Psalm 89

A reminder that god promised to make David's line kings, followed by praise of all his other works, namely beating up his enemies and/or inflicting them with plague. However, if any of his descendants don't keep the covenant, he'll also beat them.

Then Asaph starts reproaching god for breaking the covenant himself, but it's all a tactic to get god to respond, which doesn't work.

Psalm 90

Ooh, this is the Psalm where that whole The days of our years are threescore years and ten (v. 10) comes from! Although the same verse promises that we can have an extra ten years if we're particularly healthy. I intend to live to be at least 120, though reading this book makes me want to quit. Anyway all the rest is asking when exactly god plans to start talking to his followers again.

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