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Psalm 46 Bible Study “A Song of Holy Confidence”

Pastor Randy has put together a Bible study on Psalm 121 for you to do at home. 
 
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Psalm 46 is one of my favorite psalms, and like Psalm 121, often is used at times of a funeral.  It is a regular part of Jewish, Catholic, Anglican and Protestant liturgies. Some call this psalm “Luther’s Psalm”, as Martin Luther wrote his popular hymn “Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott” (“A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”) as a paraphrase of Psalm 46. Luther’s hymn has been quoted in many musical works, including Bach’s cantata Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 80. 

 

Originally, this psalm may have been composed after David defeated the enemies of ancient Israel from surrounding lands, most likely the Philistines.  The psalm praises God for being a source of power and salvation in times of trouble.  Interestingly, in Judaism, this psalm is prayed that all wars might cease.

 

This psalm is a good resource for us during this time of the Covid-19 pandemic. When all that we do seems like not enough, when we face enormous challenges and need help, we turn to God to provide us safe refuge from the powers of this world.  I encourage you to read to psalm slowly the first time, and then follow the verse-by-verse breakdown thereafter.

 

Psalm 121 Bible Study

Pastor Randy has put together a Bible study on Psalm 121 for you to do at home. 
 
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When your world turns dark and your journey turns rugged, where do you turn for help? What is your source for the confidence you need to face the headwinds of life?

 

David Livingstone, the famous missionary and explorer of the continent of Africa, read Psalm 121, which praises God for his sovereign rule over all things, as he worshiped with his father and sister before setting out for Africa in 1840. His mother-in-law, Mrs. Moffat, wrote him at Linyardi that Psalm 121 was always in her mind as she thought about and prayed for him.

 

I choose Psalm 121 because it speaks of God watching out for us.  During these days of Covid – 19, we are anxious about how our present journey in life is going to turn out.  There is much fear surrounding us at these times that I believe we need to lean into God’s love a little more.
 
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Psalm 23 Bible Study

Pastor Randy has put together a Bible study on Psalm 23 for you to do at home. 
 
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In light of the Covid – 19 virus pandemic, our anxiety is likely much higher.  I would like to suggest a daily dosage of Psalm 23, a prescription that will hopefully keep us from being consumed by the dis-ease of worry and fear.  This was originally meant for our Midweek Lenten services, but since our lives have been greatly disrupted by the virus, I would like to share these thoughts with you.  May I suggest that you use it as a Bible Study or a daily devotional.

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Like all psalms, Psalm 23 was used in worship by the ancient Hebrews. The writer describes God as his shepherd, in the role of protector and provider. The psalm is read, recited and sung by Jews and Christians. It has been called the best known of the psalms for its universal theme of trust in God. Others claim that it is one of the finest literary writings of all time!
 
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