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



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 my fortress, My stronghold and my deliverer, My shield and He in whom I take refuge, Who subdues my people under me. (NASB) The Lord is all of these things for His people. The Psalmist continues saying, ג יְהוָה מָה-אָדָם וַתֵּדָעֵהוּ בֶּן-אֱנוֹשׁ וַתְּחַשְּׁבֵהוּ: ד אָדָם לַהֶבֶל דָּמָה יָמָיו כְּצֵל עוֹבֵר: 144:3 O Lord, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You think of him? 144:4 Man is like a mere breath; His days are like a passing shadow. (NASB) The word knowledge in the Bible denotes an understanding, a recognition, or an acknowledgment where to “know” something is to perceive it or to be aware of it. Here David is asking the question of why the Lord would take regard of man. The days of man are a mere breath, like a withering flower or a blade of grass, and like a passing shadow. Read more here: Tehillim 144-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!