Tehillim / Psalms 66, Part 1, Trials, Sickness, and Suffering


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In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 66:1-20, the psalm opens saying א לַמְנַצֵּחַ שִׁיר מִזְמוֹר הָרִיעוּ לֵאלֹהִים כָּל-הָאָרֶץ: For the choir director. A Song. A Psalm. 66:1 Shout joyfully to God, all the earth (NASB) David calls for all of the earth to praise the name of the Lord for His mighty works. He calls upon the Scriptural account of God’s mighty works, turning the sea into dry land (66:6), He watches the nations (66:7), He is the One who keeps our feet from slipping (6:8), and for all of these things, He is to be praised, ב זַמְּרוּ כְבוֹד-שְׁמוֹ שִֹימוּ כָבוֹד תְּהִלָּתוֹ: ג אִמְרוּ לֵאלֹהִים מַה-נּוֹרָא מַעֲשֶֹיךָ בְּרֹב עֻזְּךָ יְכַחֲשׁוּ-לְךָ אֹיְבֶיךָ: ד כָּל-הָאָרֶץ | יִשְׁתַּחֲווּ לְךָ וִיזַמְּרוּ-לָךְ יְזַמְּרוּ שִׁמְךָ סֶלָה: 66:2 Sing the glory of His name; Make His praise glorious. 66:3 Say to God, ‘How awesome are Your works! Because of the greatness of Your power Your enemies will give feigned obedience to You. 66:4 ‘All the earth will worship You, And will sing praises to You; They will sing praises to Your name.’ Selah. David compares us to being refined by fire as silver is refined, where silversmiths look to see their reflection in order to determine the purity of the metal, י כִּי-בְחַנְתָּנוּ אֱלֹהִים צְרַפְתָּנוּ כִּצְרָף-כָּסֶף: 66:10 For You have tried us, O God; You have refined us as silver is refined. (NASB) Does the Lord look at our purity by this comparison in the way in which we follow His Torah? The Lord refines us by bringing calamity upon us. Some people interpret Scripture to say that God wont do this any more because of Yeshua the Messiah. Is this type of interpretation true? Read more here: Tehillim 66-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!