Thursday, May 1, 2014

Psalms Part VI

Psalms Part VI

     Goodness! This is one long book of poetry, right? We are almost about halfway through the Book of Psalms with presentations of questions posed to various verses. As always, be sure to post any answers you may have in the comments section at the end of each posting.

1. Psalm 56:1
     1 Be merciful to me, my God, for my enemies are in hot pursuit; all day long they press their attack.

     1. If your God/Lord is so great and everything in the universe is supposed to fear Him since He is all-powerful WHY do you find you have enemies who are in hot pursuit?

     2. How in the world do enemies attack all day long when there is supposed to be such a Great Ever-Present Defender?

2. Psalm 56:5
     5 All day long they twist my words; all their schemes are for my ruin.

     1. Want to talk twisting words and scheming for ruin? What about what God did to Pharaoh when the Children of Israel were supposedly in Egypt and needed to be let go, hummm? Didn't God PURPOSELY harden the heart of Pharaoh just so God could wreak a little destruction to make a point?

3. Psalm 58:8
     8 May they be like a slug that melts away as it moves along, like a stillborn child that never sees the sun.


     1. How are these horrible, wicked, hate-laden words considered to be inspired by a loving God?

4. Psalm 60:11

     11 Give us aid against the enemy, for human help is worthless.


     1. Human help is worthless? Why? How? Does this mean that whatever is presenting itself as the enemy is supernatural in nature?

     2. Is the whole purpose of telling people that human help is worthless to ensure people will seek out God's help?

     3. If human help is worthless what does this say about God the Creator and Man? Why would God create something or someone so worthless?

5. Psalm 64:7

     7 But God will shoot them with his arrows; they will suddenly be struck down.


     1. Why would an all-powerful God be using arrows, or any other kind of weapon for that matter?

     2. Doesn't God's all-powerful nature imply that He does not need or require weapons?

6. Psalm 65:4

     4 Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts! We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple.

     1. Soooo, does this verse mean that it isn't people who choose God after all, it is really God who does the choosing? But whatever happened to God wanting everyone to know Him and His grand love?

7. Psalm 66:4
     4 All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing the praises of your name.

     1. All the earth bows down to the Lord and sing His praises? Is that why so many enemies are persistent in pursuing God's people, hummm?

     2. Why is there ever any fighting or any war if all the earth worships the Lord/God? How does this verse make any goddamn sense?

8. Psalm 67:7
     7 May God bless us still, so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.

     1. Since when is a blessing supposed to evoke fear? Can something that evokes fear even qualify as a blessing in the first place?

9. Psalm 68:17
     17 The chariots of God are tens of thousands and thousands of thousands; the Lord has come from Sinai into his sanctuary.

     1. Why does an all-powerful God need chariots?

     2. How does God/the Lord come from Sinai into His sanctuary when He is already everywhere? If God/the Lord is everywhere wouldn't He be in Sinai and the sanctuary at the same time? How can God/the Lord go or come anywhere when He is supposedly already everywhere?

10. Psalm 68:18
     18 When you ascended on high, you took many captives; you received gifts from people, even from the rebellious— that you, Lord God, might dwell there.

     1. God took captives?

     2. God took gifts from people, even the rebellious?

     3. Why would God need to take captives? Is it even just for God to take captives?

     4. Is the reason why God did not simply obliterate the rebellious like He usually does because they brought Him gifts?

11. Psalm 68:20
     20 Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.

     1. Is this the truth about why people choose to believe in God/the Lord? Do people believe because they want to escape death?

12. Psalm 78:65-66
     65 Then the Lord awoke as from sleep, as a warrior wakes from the stupor of wine.

     66 He beat back his enemies; he put them to everlasting shame.

     1. The Lord awoke like a warrior from the stupor of wine? Say what? Sooo, God/the Lord was acting in a careless, gluttonous manner that resulted in Him being in a stupor?

     2. If He beat back His enemies and put them to everlasting shame why does He still have freaking enemies?

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