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This is my first book review for 2018!  This book is by David Kitz whose blog is titled “I love the Psalms” and I really appreciated this book from him!

David Kitz. Psalms Alive!  Winnipeg, Canada: Forever Books, September 1st 2009.  242 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

I have to admit that I’m not a spiritual devotional book kind of guy; among the hundred plus books I read last year only a small fraction of them have been devotional books.  However David Kitz’s devotional work on the Psalms was spiritually refreshing.  I enjoyed reading it and found the book spiritually edifying.

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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading a few weeks ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is from the Greek translation of the Old Testament known as the Septuagint.  The Greek Septuagint numbering is different than the Hebrew and English Bible numbering and the verse I translated is from the English and Hebrew Psalm 69:5.

Here’s my translation:

“6 ὁ θεὸς, σὺ ἔγνως τὴν ἀφροσύνην μου,
O God you know my foolishness

καὶ αἱ πλημμελίαι μου ἀπὸ σοῦ οὐκ ἐκρύβησαν.”
and my wrongs are not hidden from you

Here are some observations:

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Dale Ralph Davis. The Way of the Righteous in the Muck of Life: Psalms 1–12.  Ross-Shire, UK: Christian Focus Publications, July 20th 2010. 144 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

This is a devotional Bible commentary on Psalm 1 through Psalm 12 written by Dale Ralph Davis, a Pastor and Professor of the Old Testament with Reformed Theological Seminary at Jackson, Mississippi.  I have previously enjoyed Davis’ commentary on the book of Judges and also his book titled The Word Became Fresh which the subtitle explained as “How to Preach from Old Testament Narrative Texts.”  Both works were phenomenal and I think one can say that Davis’ commentaries on Old Testament historical narratives are phenomenal and is one that an expositor of the Bible must have if he is going to teach on Old Testament narratives.  So when I saw that Davis’ had written a devotional commentary on the beginning of the Psalms I had to purchase it though it took me a few years before I finally read it and finished it.

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Richard P. Belcher Jr.  The Messiah And The Psalms.  Ross-shire, Scotland: Mentor Imprint, September 20th, 2014. 288 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

This book is on the topic of a Christ and the Psalms by an Old Testament professor at Reformed Theological Seminary.  The author Richard Belcher takes a Christocentric approach towards the Psalms.  If you are interested in the Psalms, Messianic prophecies, hermeneutics and preaching Christ this book might be for you even if you don’t necessarily agree with everything the author has to say.

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The question that the Skeptic Annotated Bible pose is this: “Does God sleep?”

According to the Skeptic Annotated Bible this is the answer they gave which supposedly indicates a contradiction:

God never sleeps.

He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Will neither slumber nor sleep. (Psalm 121:3-4)

God sometimes sleeps.

Arouse Yourself, why do You sleep, O Lord? Awake, do not reject us forever. (Psalm 44:23)

(Note: Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible.  What is in bold is the emphasis by the skeptic webpage.)

Let’s take a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:

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The Flow of the Psalms

Palmer Robertson. The Flow of the Psalms.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, May 15th, 2015. 304 pp.

Before I read this book I didn’t know what to make of the way the Psalms were laid out which was largely due to my own personal difficulty in discerning the reason for the Psalms’ arrangement.  This book convinced me that there is definitely a flow in the Psalter.  It is packed with a lot of information, that even after I finished reading it I realized I probably have forgotten a lot more than I could remember.  I think it is worth purchasing even as a reference which I plan to use in this manner in the future whenever I study or preach from the Psalms.

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Veritas domain thanksgiving

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving brothers and sisters.

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