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Monday, October 7, 2013

Psalms of Asaph

Today's Reading:
  • Psalm 82
  • Psalm 83
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Psalms 82 and 83 are psalms of Asaph.  Once again I find myself wishing that I had better context in which to read these psalms.  I enjoy my bible reading plan immensely -- it gives me a little taste of everything, all at once.  It allows me to read through the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs simultaneously.  This helps me to stay focused and interested when I might otherwise lose interest (like when reading through some of the arduous laws, sacrifices, generation lists, etc) and give up reading for awhile.  Instead, I know that the next reading allows me to shift gears.  The downside is that I don't know the context behind many of these psalms. 

These two psalms that I read today implore the Lord to come and do away with the enemies of the Lord.  Asaph begs the Lord to give justice to those who are poor, those who are orphans, and those who are oppressed.  He tells of some of the deeds of the enemies and of how those enemies signed treaties against the Lord.

The psalms ended there -- with many cries for help.  Although I don't the story behind these psalms, I have a feeling it will all work out to God's greater good in the end.

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