A Psalms Hit Parade

Public domain photo of Psalm 24STUDYING THE PSALMS is like coming across a “Greatest Hits” album by your favorite band. You can find more jewels in the Psalms than in the Queen’s storehouse. It’s incredible.

I use Laridian’s Bible software–and the wealth of study resources available make it difficult to read too quickly. I have concordances, numerous commentaries, a dozen or so Bible versions, dictionaries, historical books (Josephus, for instance) … you name it … available at a click. (Laridian provides a platform for my PC, my Palm and my phone.) Anyway, I could go on about that all day–and soon, I will take some screenshots and show you exactly how much Laridian offers. It’s amazing. I have all of that Bible study power with me, no matter where I am or when I need it. (Yes, I signed up for their affiliate program, but I would be telling you this regardless. I don’t know of a product on the planet I would feel better about recommending than Laridian.)

Back to the Psalms. When you come across something like Psalm 27, there is really nothing else that can be said:

[27:1] (0)By David*:

(1)ADONAI* is my light and salvation;
whom do I need to fear?
ADONAI* is the stronghold of my life;
of whom should I be afraid?

[2] When evildoers assailed me
to devour my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
they stumbled and fell.
[3] If an army encamps against me,
my heart will not fear;
if war breaks out against me,
even then I will keep trusting.

[4] Just one thing have I asked of ADONAI*;
only this will I seek:
to live in the house of ADONAI*
all the days of my life,
to see the beauty of ADONAI*
and visit in his temple.
[5] For he will conceal me in his shelter
on the day of trouble,
he will hide me in the folds of his tent,
he will set me high on a rock.
[6] Then my head will be lifted up
above my surrounding foes,
and I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing, sing praises to ADONAI*.

[7] Listen, ADONAI*, to my voice when I cry;
show favor to me; and answer me.
[8] “My heart said of you, ‘Seek my face.’”
Your face, ADONAI*, I will seek.
[9] Do not hide your face from me,
don’t turn your servant away in anger.
You are my help; don’t abandon me;
don’t leave me, God my savior.
[10] Even though my father and mother have left me,
ADONAI* will care for me.
[11] Teach me your way, ADONAI*;
lead me on a level path
because of my enemies—
[12] don’t give me up to the whims of my foes;
for false witnesses have risen against me,
also those who are breathing violence.

[13] If I hadn’t believed that I would see
ADONAI‘s* goodness in the land of the living,…
[14] Put your hope in ADONAI*, be strong,
and let your heart take courage!
Yes, put your hope in ADONAI*!

(Complete Jewish Bible, by way of Laridian, copyright 1998 by David H. Stern)

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