Tehillim / Psalms 82, Part 1, A discussion on “ye are gods”

In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 82:1-8, the Psalm opens saying, א מִזְמ֗וֹר לְאָ֫סָ֥ף אֱ‍ֽלֹהִ֗ים נִצָּ֥ב בַּעֲדַת־אֵ֑ל בְּקֶ֖רֶב אֱלֹהִ֣ים יִשְׁפֹּֽט׃ A psalm of Asaph. 82:1 God takes His stand in His own congregation; He judges in the midst of the rulers. (NASB) Asaph states that the Lord God takes a stand in His own congregation. What does...

Tehillim / Psalms 68, Part 2, The Nations will come to be Converted

In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 68:1-35, the psalm opens saying, For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. A song. 68:1 Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered, And let those who hate Him flee before Him. (NASB) David describes the enemies being scattered where the Lord is fire (68:2), the wicked perish,...

Tehillim / Psalms 23, Part 1, Thy Rod and Thy Staff, a Sign of Your Great Covenant!

This week’s study is from Tehillim / Psalms 23:1-6, and is one of the most well known Psalms that David composed with regard to his relationship with the Lord God Almighty.  The Psalm is introduced saying א  מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד יְהֹוָה רֹעִי לֹא אֶחְסָר: 23:1 A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. (NASB)  How...

Tehillim / Psalms 69, Part 2, The Prophetic Word

In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 69:1-36, the psalm opens א לַמְנַצֵּחַ עַל-שׁוֹשַׁנִּים לְדָוִד: For the choir director; according to shoshannim. A Psalm of David. David continues saying, ב הוֹשִׁיעֵנִי אֱלֹהִים כִּי בָאוּ מַיִם עַד-נָפֶשׁ: ג טָבַעְתִּי בִּיוֵן מְצוּלָה וְאֵין מָעֳמָד בָּאתִי בְמַעֲמַקֵּי-מַיִם וְשִׁבֹּלֶת שְׁטָפָתְנִי: ד יָגַעְתִּי בְקָרְאִי נִחַר גְּרוֹנִי כָּלוּ עֵינַי מְיַחֵל לֵאלֹהָי:...

Tehillim / Psalms 32, Part 2, Free us from the Preoccupation of this World

This week’s study is from Tehillim / Psalms 32:1-11, the opening verse states א לְדָוִד מַשְֹכִּיל אַשְׁרֵי נְשֹוּי-פֶּשַׁע כְּסוּי חֲטָאָה: A Psalm of David. A Maskil. 32:1 How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered! (NASB) David states the blessedness of the one who has had his transgression forgiven and his sin covered. He...

Tehillim / Psalms 57, Part 2, In the Shadow of His Wings

This week’s study is from Tehillim / Psalms 57:1-11, the psalm opens saying, א לַמְנַצֵּחַ אַל-תַּשְׁחֵת לְדָוִד מִכְתָּם בְּבָרְחוֹ מִפְּנֵי-שָׁאוּל בַּמְּעָרָה: For the choir director; set to Al-tashheth. A Mikhtam of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave. (NASB) David seeks the Lord when destruction is near, ב חָנֵּנִי אֱלֹהִים | חָנֵּנִי כִּי בְךָ חָסָיָה...

Tehillim / Psalms 31, Part 1, You have known the troubles of my soul

This week’s study is from Tehillim / Psalms 31:1-25, the opening verses state א  לַמְנַצֵּחַ מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד: ב  בְּךָ יְהֹוָה חָסִיתִי אַל-אֵבוֹשָׁה לְעוֹלָם בְּצִדְקָתְךָ פַלְּטֵנִי:  For the choir director. A Psalm of David. 31:1 In You, O Lord, I have taken refuge; Let me never be ashamed; In Your righteousness deliver me. (NASB)  David seeks refuge in the Lord...

Tehillim / Psalms 82, Part 2, A discussion on “ye are gods”

In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 82:1-8, the Psalm opens saying, א מִזְמ֗וֹר לְאָ֫סָ֥ף אֱ‍ֽלֹהִ֗ים נִצָּ֥ב בַּעֲדַת־אֵ֑ל בְּקֶ֖רֶב אֱלֹהִ֣ים יִשְׁפֹּֽט׃ A psalm of Asaph. 82:1 God takes His stand in His own congregation; He judges in the midst of the rulers. (NASB) Asaph states that the Lord God takes a stand in His own congregation. What...

Tehillim / Psalms 11, Part 1, Does God Hate the Wicked?

This week’s study is from Tehillim / Psalms 11:1-7.  The Psalm begins saying “For the choir director a Psalm of David, in the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to my soul flee as a bird to your mountain” (א  לַמְנַצֵּחַ לְדָוִד בַּיהֹוָה | חָסִיתִי אֵיךְ תֹּאמְרוּ לְנַפְשִׁי נוּדִו הַרְכֶם צִפּוֹר:).  Who was it David was...

Tehillim / Psalms 134, ספר תהילים קלד, Part 1, Serving the Lord at Night, Prayer, and Replacement Theology

https://youtu.be/q0LMSux1vY0 In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 134:1-3, the psalm opens saying, א שִׁיר הַמַּעֲלוֹת הִנֵּה | בָּרֲכוּ אֶת-יְהֹוָה כָּל-עַבְדֵי יְהֹוָה הָעֹמְדִים בְּבֵית-יְהֹוָה בַּלֵּילוֹת: 134:1 Behold, bless the Lord, all servants of the Lord, Who serve by night in the house of the Lord! (NASB) This is an interesting opening verse to the psalm. The psalmist speaks of...

Bits of Torah Truths, Chol Hamoed Pesach, Are you Breaking the Covenant?

This weeks reading for Chol Ha’moed Pesach (Shemot / Exodus 33:12-34:26) is taken from Parashat Ki Tisa (Shemot / Exodus 30:11-34:35).  In the Torah narrative, Israel had just committed a great sin before the Lord, manufacturing an idol of gold, and bowing down before the idol at the foot of the mountain of Sinai.  Moshe returns to the top...

Tehillim / Psalms 142, ספר תהילים קמב, Part 1, Prayer without Complaint or Wantonness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnmnQXmiYdc&feature=youtu.be In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 142:1-7, the psalm opens saying, א מַשְֹכִּיל לְדָוִד בִּהְיוֹתוֹ בַמְּעָרָה תְפִלָּה: A Psalm of instruction for David, when he was in the cave, a Prayer (NASB) David speaks of his crying aloud to the Lord מְעָרָה “in the cave” meaning that he was hiding from Saul at this time. He continues...

Tehillim / Psalms 42, Part 2, Sorrow, Deliverance, and the Lord

This week’s study is from Tehillim / Psalms 42:1-11, the Psalm opens saying א לַמְנַצֵּחַ מַשְֹכִּיל לִבְנֵי-קֹרַח: For the choir director. A Maskil of the sons of Korah. (NASB) It appears that the sons of Korah are the authors of this Psalm. The Psalmist continues saying ב כְּאַיָּל תַּעֲרֹג עַל-אֲפִיקֵי-מָיִם כֵּן נַפְשִׁי תַעֲרֹג אֵלֶיךָ אֱלֹהִים: ג צָמְאָה נַפְשִׁי...

Tehillim / Psalms 118, ספר תהילים קיח, Part 2, Walking in the Mercy of God

https://youtu.be/VdIqQNZXdFU In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 118:1-29, the psalm opens saying, א הוֹדוּ לַיהֹוָה כִּי-טוֹב כִּי לְעוֹלָם חַסְדּוֹ: ב יֹאמַר-נָא יִשְֹרָאֵל כִּי לְעוֹלָם חַסְדּוֹ: 118:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting. 118:2 Oh let Israel say, ‘His lovingkindness is everlasting.’ (NASB) The psalmist calls out to the people...

Tehillim / Psalms 88 | ספר תהילים פח, Part 2, The Living God and Obedience Prepares a Place for Him to Dwell

In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 88:1-18, the Psalm opens saying, א שִׁיר מִזְמוֹר לִבְנֵי קֹרַח לַמְנַצֵּחַ עַל-מַחֲלַת לְעַנּוֹת מַשְֹכִּיל לְהֵימָן הָאֶזְרָחִי: ב יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵי יְשׁוּעָתִי יוֹם צָעַקְתִּי בַלַּיְלָה נֶגְדֶּךָ: A Psalm of the sons of Korah. A Song. 88:1 O Lord, the God of my salvation, I have cried out by day and in...

Tehillim / Psalms 39, Part 2, Does the Lord Inflict Punishment for the Purpose of Drawing us to Repentance?

This week’s study is from Tehillim / Psalms 39:1-13, David opens the Psalm saying א לַמְנַצֵּחַ לִידיּתוּן מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד: ב אָמַרְתִּי אֶשְׁמְרָה דְרָכַי מֵחֲטוֹא בִלְשׁוֹנִי אֶשְׁמְרָה לְפִי מַחְסוֹם בְּעֹד רָשָׁע לְנֶגְדִּי: For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David. 39:1 I said, ‘I will guard my ways That I may not sin with my tongue;...

Tehillim / Psalms 94 | ספר תהילים צד, Part 2, Vengeance belongs to the Lord

In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 94:1-23, the Psalm opens saying, א אֵל-נְקָמוֹת יְהֹוָה אֵל נְקָמוֹת הוֹפִיַע: ב הִנָּשֵֹא שֹׁפֵט הָאָרֶץ הָשֵׁב גְּמוּל עַל-גֵּאִים: 94:1 O Lord, God of vengeance, God of vengeance, shine forth! 94:2 Rise up, O Judge of the earth, Render recompense to the proud. (NASB) The Lord a God of vengeance,...

Tehillim / Psalms 58, Part 2, Remaining Strong in Our Faith

This week’s study is from Tehillim / Psalms 58:1-11, the psalm opens saying, א לַמְנַצֵּחַ אַל-תַּשְׁחֵת לְדָוִד מִכְתָּם: For the choir director; set to Al-tashheth. A Mikhtam of David. (NASB) David asks, ה חֲמַת-לָמוֹ כִּדְמוּת חֲמַת-נָחָשׁ כְּמוֹ-פֶתֶן חֵרֵשׁ יַאְטֵם אָזְנוֹ: 58:1 Do you indeed speak righteousness, O gods? Do you judge uprightly, O sons of men?...

Tehillim / Psalms 48, Part 2, Connecting to the Land and the People

This week’s study is from Tehillim / Psalms 48:1-14, David opens the Psalm saying, א שִׁיר מִזְמוֹר לִבְנֵי-קֹרַח: A Song; a Psalm of the sons of Korah. (NASB) David then says ב גָּדוֹל יְהֹוָה וּמְהֻלָּל מְאֹד בְּעִיר אֱלֹהֵינוּ הַר-קָדְשׁוֹ: 48:1 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, In the city of our God, His...

Tehillim / Psalms 102, ספר תהילים קב, Part 1, The poor and living stones

In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 102:1-28, the Psalm opens saying, 102:1 Hear my prayer, O Lord! And let my cry for help come to You. 102:2 Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my distress; Incline Your ear to me; In the day when I call answer me quickly. (NASB)  The psalmist...

Tehillim / Psalms 73, Part 2, Suffering for the Sake of God

In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 73:1-28, the psalm opens saying, א מִזְמוֹר לְאָסָף אַךְ טוֹב לְיִשְֹרָאֵל אֱלֹהִים לְבָרֵי לֵבָב: A psalm of Asaph. 73:1 Surely God is good to Israel, To those who are pure in heart! (NASB) Who is Asaph? He continues saying, ב וַאֲנִי כִּמְעַט נָטָוֻי רַגְלָי כְּאַיִן שֻׁפְּכֻה אֲשֻׁרָי: ג...

Tehillim / Psalms 22, Part 1, A Psalm of Messianic Expectations

This week’s study is from Tehillim / Psalms 22:1-31, the Psalm is introduced saying א   לַמְנַצֵּחַ עַל-אַיֶּלֶת הַשַּׁחַר מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד: For the choir director; upon Aijeleth Hashshahar. A Psalm of David. The first distinctive verse of the psalm states ב   אֵלִי אֵלִי לָמָה עֲזַבְתָּנִי רָחוֹק מִישׁוּעָתִי דִּבְרֵי שַׁאֲגָתִי:  22:1 My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Far...

Tehillim / Psalms 144, ספר תהילים קמד, Part 1, Being Passionate for those around us and for the Lord God Almighty

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYTTmkAFUlI&feature=youtu.be In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 143:1-12, the psalm opens saying, א לְדָוִד | בָּרוּךְ יְהֹוָה | צוּרִי הַמְלַמֵּד יָדַי לַקְרָב אֶצְבְּעוֹתַי לַמִּלְחָמָה: ב חַסְדִּי וּמְצוּדָתִי מִשְֹגַּבִּי וּמְפַלְטִי לִי מָגִנִּי וּבוֹ חָסִיתִי הָרוֹדֵד עַמִּי תַחְתָּי: 144:1 Blessed be the Lord, my rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle; 144:2 My lovingkindness and...

Tehillim / Psalms 62, Part 2, Calling out to the Soul to Remain Silent

In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 62:1-12, the psalm opens saying, א לַמְנַצֵּחַ עַל-יְדוּתוּן מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד: For the choir director; according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David. (NASB) David states, ב אַךְ אֶל-אֱלֹהִים דּוּמִיָּה נַפְשִׁי מִמֶּנּוּ יְשׁוּעָתִי: ג אַךְ-הוּא צוּרִי וִישׁוּעָתִי מִשְֹגַּבִּי לֹא-אֶמּוֹט רַבָּה: 62:1 My soul waits in silence for God only; From...

Tehillim / Psalms 27, Part 2, The Lord Who is the Light of Life

This week’s study is from Tehillim / Psalms 27:1-14, David opens saying א לְדָוִד | יְהֹוָה | אוֹרִי וְיִשְׁעִי מִמִּי אִירָא יְהֹוָה מָעוֹז חַיַּי מִמִּי אֶפְחָד: 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread? (NASB) What does David mean by “the...

Tehillim / Psalms 140, ספר תהילים קמ, Part 1, The Power of Immortality

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNwioVvznDI&feature=youtu.be In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 140:1-13, the psalm opens saying, א לַמְנַצֵּחַ מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד: ב חַלְּצֵנִי יְהֹוָה מֵאָדָם רָע מֵאִישׁ חֲמָסִים תִּנְצְרֵנִי: ג אֲשֶׁר חָשְׁבוּ רָעוֹת בְּלֵב כָּל-יוֹם יָגוּרוּ מִלְחָמוֹת: 140:1 Rescue me, O Lord, from evil men; Preserve me from violent men 140:2 Who devise evil things in their hearts; They continually stir up wars....

Tehillim / Psalms 146, ספר תהילים קמו, Part 2, Reasons all the Nations give Him Praise

In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 146:1-10, the psalm opens saying, א הַלְלוּיָהּ הַלְלִי נַפְשִׁי אֶת-יְהֹוָה: ב אֲהַלְלָה יְהֹוָה בְּחַיָּי אֲזַמְּרָה לֵאלֹהַי בְּעוֹדִי: 146:1 Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! 146:2 I will praise the Lord while I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. (NASB)...

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