Mind Blown by Psalms

No matter how many times you read the Bible, no matter how much you think you know, there will always be new discoveries to make.  It’s an old story that never gets old.  And so it’s been with me here lately in the Book of Psalms.

Many people love the Psalms and Proverbs, even if they rarely enjoy other Old Testament books.  Our church has been studying through Psalms on Sunday nights.  For the first time in my life I have a pastor that is a few years younger than I am.  He often defers to me as an authority on the scriptures.  But I have to tell you this: Psalm 139 the other night – blew… my… mind.

In the Old Testament God appeared in the pillar of fire, or the burning bush, or in clouds with thunder and lightening.  Most of the time humanity was separated from God’s presence by the veil in the tabernacle/temple.  In the Gospels Jesus walks the face of the earth as incarnate deity – God with us – and for the rest of the New Testament Christians were filled with the Holy Spirit.  In the Old Testament God was in one place at a time; they didn’t know God as we do.  Jesus said to his followers “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  The disciples waited in the upper room for the promise, not even sure of what they were waiting for.  The Hebrews of the Old Testament didn’t think of God in terms of a personal relationship, and they certainly didn’t know anything about the Holy Spirit.  We all know these things, right?  (Don’t answer, it’s a set up.)

This link is to all of Psalm 139.  It’s all good, but look specifically at verses 7 and 8:

Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!

David recognizes that he cannot hide from God’s presence.  He is everywhere, omnipresent, at all times.  Note that Spirit is capitalized, the way we might refer to the Spirit in the New Testament.  There are two amazing things going on here.  One, David has incredible wisdom and insight for a person living under the Old Covenant.  While not a prophet, it is clear in the life of David that God’s anointing is on him.  (We are told explicitly that God’s favor left Saul and was placed on David.)  He is identified as a man after God’s own heart.  David was also a poet and a musician, and his emotions come pouring out of his writing.  This is a person that cries out to God, rejoices aloud, and in short has a  more “personal relationship” with God than most of us.

The other amazing thing here is to be reminded that all scripture is given by the inspiration of God.  No matter which author penned it, God is the author of his Word.  Christmas is upon us; just think about Genesis, Isaiah, Micah, Jeremiah and others prophesying the birth of Messiah.  Read Isaiah 53 and keep in mind that crucifixion was Roman and hadn’t been invented yet.  The person who claims the Bible was written by men for the purpose of controlling others has eyes that are spiritually blind.

The Word of God is practically a living, breathing thing.  We do ourselves a great disservice by not spending time in it.

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9 thoughts on “Mind Blown by Psalms

  1. I’m alway surprised when people say the Holy Sprit is NOT in the OT. We can see His work in many places before ACTS. In Luke 2:25-28 you can see Shim’on has the Holy Sprit. And many places in the OT itself.

    I think that you would like to read some Messianic Jewish writings. It is a different way of looking at the Bible as a whole.

    Also I think that David was a prophet, king, artist, and so much more. He understood God in a very deep way. He know the law and mercy of the Lord.

    Many Christian don’t have an understanding of the Lord in the same deep way that David did.

  2. I wanted to add the whole of the Bible is Jewish. So the whole thing is Messianic…the Gentiles have made Jesus LOOK Gentile….He is Jewish and will always be.

  3. I agree with you about David; most Christians will never be so close to God. And yes, Jesus was a Jew.

    What Jesus did on the cross, however, and the events on the Day Pentecost did away with the dividing lines. In Christ there is no Jew or Gentile. Most Christians will never have the relationship with God that David did, even though God is so much more available.

  4. Paul did not say I was a Jew and now I’m not. The first believer were all Jewish.

    Did you stop being gentile? How can you stop being Jewish? It says we are no longer male or female…are you no longer a man?

    You can not stop being a Jew. We are ONE in Messiah one in the Olive Tree. Don’t cut off the roots.

  5. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. -Galatians 3:28

    I don’t think I said “stop being a Jew.” What I was trying to get at was that Jesus is now “the Way the Truth and the Life.” Jesus was an observant Jew as well as the 12 Apostles. But 3,000 were saved on the day of Pentecost, and those Jewish believers turned Christian were from nations all over the known world (Europe, Africa, Asia). The Gospel is for all humanity, and transcends every nation, continent, language, gender and skin color.

  6. I’m sorry that we got into a debate. Jesus is the Messiah. He died for all people. Jew and gentile. Good News of a great Joy to all people. We are Jew and Gentile one in the Messiah.

    My only thing I was trying to say from the start is…I think that you might like to read some Messianic authors. The Jewish believers in Messiah do see the Bible in a different way. We hold a different view point of the Lord Yeshua. Not right or wrong just different.

    Again I’m not trying to fight. I’m all about the New Covenant to the world. He bled to give us that Covenant. Please forgive me.

  7. We are spiritually descendants of Abraham in the faith. No hard feelings.

    Tuvia Pollack is one of my good blog friends that I have never met in real life. He is a Messianic Jew that moved his family from Sweden back to Jerusalem. He speaks and writes in English and Swedish fluently, and is learning to read and translate Hebrew. You can read his blog “To Him be the Glory” here: http://midbaryehuda.wordpress.com/ He’s been a little preoccupied with Hamas rockets lately, as might be expected. He often links to Messianic as well as all kinds of authors concerning the history (and future) of Israel.

  8. Clark, I agree with your post, but I do think that there are people even in this day and age who do have a close relationship with God, even as close as David’s was. God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow and for all eternity. We make the choice of how close we want to be to the Lord. He will draw as near to us as we want Him too. Good discussion.

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