Tehillim / Psalms 118, ספר תהילים קיח, Part 1, Walking in the Mercy of God


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 to give thanks and parallels this to the grace (chesed) of God being eternal.  The priesthood declares the same (118:3), and says those that fear the Lord say the same (118:4).  The psalmist states, ה   מִן-הַמֵּצַר קָרָאתִי יָּהּ עָנָנִי בַמֶּרְחָב יָהּ: ו   יְהֹוָה לִי לֹא אִירָא מַה-יַּעֲשֶֹה לִי אָדָם:  118:5 From my distress I called upon the Lord; The Lord answered me and set me in a large place. 118:6 The Lord is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me? 118:7 The Lord is for me among those who help me; Therefore I will look with satisfaction on those who hate me. (NASB)  The psalmist states that it is better to take refuge in the Lord (118:8) and repeats this statement for emphasis (118:9).  The Psalmist (David) declares that it is the Lord who helps him to cut off the nations (118:10) and repeats this for emphasis (118:11).  The Lord extinguishes the enemy as thorns in a fire (118:12), the Lord is his help (118:13). Read more here: Tehillim 118-Part1


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Dr. Duane D. Miller received his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Akron Ohio. He is currently a Chemical Engineering Researcher. Duane’s research expertise has focused upon functional materials development for the control, conversion, and release of process gases in Energy production technologies. His R&D interests include computational chemistry, developing novel technologies for converting biomass to fuels and studying their fundamental interactions during the chemical conversion process. His past experience includes sorbent development for pre- and post-combustion CO2 and SO2 capture, selective absorption of H2S from methane streams, O2 capture for oxy-fuel combustion, photocatalytic reduction of alcohols, NOx reduction catalysis, the development of oxygen carriers to combust fossil fuels (CH4 and coal) for the chemical looping combustion processes, and the extraction of rare earth elements using patent pending sorbents. His research expertise has focused on operando-characterization using Infrared, Raman, and UV-Vis spectroscopy to observe the nature of the catalytic active sites and reaction intermediates under realistic reaction conditions, allowing direct correlation of molecular/electronic structures with catalyst performance during Gas-Solid / Liquid-Solid Adsorption and Photocatalytic Processes with real time online analysis of reaction products using ICP-MS and mass spectrometry. His current work involves a multi-disciplinary approach to developing, understanding, and improving the catalytic gasification of coal and methane, high temperature chemical looping combustion, and the catalytic decomposition and gasification of biomass and coal using novel microwave reactor.​ He has been studying the Hebrew Scriptures and the Torah for 20+ years and sharing what he has learned. The studies developed for MATSATI.COM are freely to be used by everyone, to God be the Glory!