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Psalm 10 - an outline

Fri, 03/11/2017 - 10:09



Psalm 10: A poem


Not rhyme but parallelism
And a broken acrostic with Psalm 9
A poetic description not a systematic theology text book


A Problem: why is God far off in times of trouble? (v1)


A Picture of a bad person getting away with it (vv2-11)


A Prayer that God would act (vv12-18)


Promises that God sees and will act, judging and saving (v14, vv16-17)

Marc Lloyd
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Samey Psalms

Thu, 02/11/2017 - 08:39
There has been much discussion in recent years over the grouping of the Psalms. Presumably the editors of the Psalter did not merely throw them up in the air and see where they landed. And they are not obviously grouped according to form (for example, its not shortest to longest). So it seems fair to assume that there might be some kind of thematic grouping. And indeed that often seems to be the case.

This presents both an opportunity and a challenge to the preacher:

It is helpful to read the Psalm in conjunction with the surrounding Psalms. They can amplify or balance what an individual Psalm has to say.

But the preacher has to work especially hard to see the distinctive contribution of this Psalm. If preaching through the Psalter (which may or may not be the best approach) he can't say, well, Psalm 9, I repeat the sermon I gave on Psalm 7 and then shut up. Or at least he shouldn't. And, of course, this is especially so if he thinks the situation or feeling of his people is not immediately similar to the particular psalms he has before him.Marc Lloyd
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gods, garbage, good gifts

Thu, 26/10/2017 - 09:10
Mrs Lloyd has been reading an extract about caffeine from The Revd Steve Hoppe's new book, Sipping Salt Water, on the Good Book Company blog. Hoppe says we can treat created things as gods, garbage or good gifts, and the schema seemed worth stealing to me. As we know, things make good servants and bad masters. They should be neither worshipped nor despised but received from God's hands as good gifts with gratitude and used for his glory and the good of ourselves and others.Marc Lloyd
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Poetry not Systematic Theology

Wed, 25/10/2017 - 17:25
The Bible is not a Systematic Theology text book. Arguably, at least, the books of Proverbs and Psalms are particularly far from being so.

So for example, when Psalm 10:1 asks, "Why, O LORD, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?" we have a cry from the Psalmist's heart arising from his experience, although ultimately intended to be of benefit to believers in general.

We should not expect the rest of the Psalm to be a sustained, exhaustive, scientific account of all the possible reasons why God may be or seem aloof from any believer in any circumstances. The Psalms express a truth or truths but not necessarily the whole truth, and they express themselves in a poetic manner. As inspired Scripture, what the Psalm says is true but it might be true of some people in some circumstances from a certain point of view in a sense or manner of speaking and there might be many other things to say.

This is particularly obvious and important when it comes to reading the Psalms and the Proverbs, but actually, it is worth keeping in mind when reading the Epistles, which seem to be the Bible at its most doctrinal. God in his wisdom has given the catholic church occasional letters to specific churches which are meant to be significant for us all, though not necessarily quite in the same way that they applied to the 1st Century Corinthian church. Yes, go back to  Corinth but come back with rightly understood and applied goodies.Marc Lloyd
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A poem what I wrote about English and Hebrew poems

Wed, 25/10/2017 - 08:57
I am currently preaching a little sermon series off and on in the Psalms and I am thinking of using the following at a forthcoming family service to illustrate a difference between English and Biblical Hebrew poetry and hopefully in the process to help people to read the Psalms. Probably there are rather better examples out there doing the same thing. Improvements or alternatives are of course welcome.

A Poem what I wrote about English and Biblical Poems

Rhyme is a technique English poems often use.
It is a sign of our versing muse.

But Biblical Psalms often use parallelism.
They might repeat ideas.
They might say the same thing twice.
Or something similar - maybe adding something.
Or not - it might be a contrast.Marc Lloyd
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