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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Psalm 34 this poor man=The righteous

Blessed time  of Bible study last night.  Looking at Psalm 34 and noted that verse 6 and 17 are similar.  Verse 6  This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
And saved him out of all his troubles.  ("poor" could also be translated afflicted according to the side notes)
Verse 17  The righteous cry, and the Lord hears
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
We noted that the poor/afflicted man and the righteous man seem to be interchangeable.
This led to the thought that the only thing that makes us righteous is admitting and knowing that we are not righteous and that we need God to come to our rescue.  
What a blessing to know a God who knows us so well that He had a plan in place to handle our failures.
Also the Bible study made me hungry to do a deeper study of the word "crushed" in this verse Psalm 34:18 "The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit."  I am wondering if it is related to this word in Isaiah 53:5 "But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are healed."    So we were blessed by our study and left hungering for a greater and deeper understanding...I am pretty sure that is the way a Bible Study is supposed to be!

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