In this study of the great penitential psalm, we review the account of David, Bathsheba, and Uriah. We spend a great deal of time discussing sin, its progression, and its consequences both eternal and temporal and our sometimes distorted view of sin and punishment. We then launch into the first few verses of the psalm itself with topics such as God's graciousness and its potential abuse through presumption, dealing with both sin and its causes, and our being aware of our sins.
We begin our exploration of Psalm 42 by learning about the sons of Korah and examining the theme of God as the source of living water in both the Old and New Testament. We then discuss several dimensions of our relationship with God including our love and desire for Him, our honesty with Him, and how our hearts and heads can get out of sync in our relationship with Him.
We cover quite a number of topics in this involved Psalm. We discuss its background, why certain imprecatory verses are omitted in the Breviary, and how to view those imprecatory verses and psalms. We examine possible contexts and how new and alive God's presence was to David and should be to us. We examine evangelization through our example in difficulties and how this is a reason for embracing trials with joy. We point out the important differences between the Masoretic Text and Septuagint in this psalm and its messianic nature. We digress into the account of Saul and the Amalekites and the subject of loving obedience being more important than sacrifice. We spend considerable time looking at the reference to this psalm in Hebrews 10 and its relationship to the New Covenant. We touch on sharing our faith but also doing so discretely. We look at examples of how sin can blind us and conclude with the importance of seeing our neediness before God can do great things in us.
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Foundations of Bible Study