Psalms – Chapter 78: A maskil of Asaph.

One more chapter in Psalms before moving back to 1 Chronicles.

“I will open my mouth with a parable;” – Psalms 78:2

Yes, because parables that no one understands are the perfect way to get your point across.

“so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.” – Psalms 78:6

Tell me again how we are supposed to teach unborn children?

“They would not be like their ancestors—a stubborn and rebellious generation whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to him.” – Psalms 78:8

Those ancestors killed thousands, hundreds of thousands, and possibly millions of people in the name of God.  Yet they are stubborn and not loyal to God?  Does loyalty require a billion murders?

“The men of Ephraim, though armed with bows, turned back on the day of battle; they did not keep God’s covenant and refused to live by his law.” – Psalms 78:9-10

Good for the men of Ephraim.  They stood up against God and refused to advance God’s bloody agenda.  These men are far more moral than God.

“They forgot what he had done, the wonders he had shown them.” – Psalms 78:11

Oh, I doubt that.  When you watch women raped and children murdered it is very hard to forget!

“But then they would flatter him with their mouths, lying to him with their tongues; their hearts were not loyal to him, they were not faithful to his covenant.” – Psalms 78:36-37

Wouldn’t you?  If there was a powerful being killing people left and right I too would bow down before him to avoid being killed.  Who in their right mind could be loyal to this god?  Fear does not breed loyalty.

“Yet he was merciful; he forgave their iniquities and did not destroy them. Time after time he restrained his anger and did not stir up his full wrath.” – Psalms 78:38

Oh bullshit!  Restrains himself?  We see time and time again the brutal murder God brings to the people of the land.  Restraint?  ROFL!!!

“Again and again they put God to the test; they vexed the Holy One of Israel.” – Psalms 78:41

Anyone who demands loyalty should be put to the test.  Every leader should continually be tested by his/her people.  Good leaders are constantly tested.  Bad leaders demand obedience without question.

“He unleashed against them his hot anger, his wrath, indignation and hostility—a band of destroying angels.” – Psalms 78:49

So much for that restraint.  😊

“He drove out nations before them and allotted their lands to them as an inheritance; he settled the tribes of Israel in their homes.” – Psalms 78:55

The Israelites get their land, but at the expense of the natives already living in the land who have done NOTHING to deserve their land being stolen.

“Fire consumed their young men, and their young women had no wedding songs; their priests were put to the sword, and their widows could not weep.” – Psalms 78:63-64

More on God’s restraint.  😊

“Then the Lord awoke as from sleep, as a warrior wakes from the stupor of wine.” – Psalms 78:65

OMG!  This explains everything.  God has been drunk sleeping this whole time!!!

“And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.” – Psalms 78:72

And multiple wives.  Let us not forget David’s need for multiple wives.

That concludes Psalms 78.  It was a long chapter in which David details God’s great anger against the people of Israel, the very people God created as his chosen people.  We are told God has great restraint, but that is immediately followed by God having great anger and then killing a bunch of people.  I guess restraint in this case means restraint from killing everyone.

Coming Soon:  1 Chronicles – Chapter 6:  Levi

Psalms – Chapter 77: For the director of music. For Jeduthun. Of Asaph. A psalm.

I’m not sure I can take more of David praising God and completely ignoring the horrible acts God has caused.  But alas, I must continue!

“I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me.” – Psalms 77:1

To be blunt, this is David’s number one problem.

“Has his unfailing love vanished forever? Has his promise failed for all time?” – Psalms 77:8

Something that never existed cannot suddenly vanish or fail.

“I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.” – Psalms 77:11

What deeds?  The deeds of hardening hearts?  The deeds of murdering children?  The miracles of killing everyone on Earth and re-populating the planet through incest?

“Your ways, God, are holy.” – Psalms 77:13

Murder is not holy.  Hardening hearts is not holy.

“The clouds poured down water, the heavens resounded with thunder; your arrows flashed back and forth.” – Psalms 77:17

This is simply a thunderstorm.  Not God.

More of the same in Psalms 77.  David praises God’s miracles, completely ignoring that these ‘miracles’ are often the result of hardening hearts and committing murder.  But hey, what is someone’s brutal murder is someone else’s unfailing love.

Coming Soon:  Psalms – Chapter 78:  A maskil of Asaph.

Psalms – Chapter 73: A psalm of Asaph.

After a few chapters checking out the genealogy of biblical times in 1 Chronicles, it’s time to switch back to Psalms.

“Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.” – Psalms 73:1

The second part of this verse is the key part.  Who is pure of heart?  Well, those God says are pure of heart!  How does God determine this?  Hard to tell.  Job was described as the best of the best, yet he was punished severely by God.

“Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence.” – Psalms 73:6

No, that would be the god of the Bible.

“This is what the wicked are like—always free of care, they go on amassing wealth.” – Psalms 73:12

A perfect description of many Christians today, in particular those who are politicians in the U.S.

“Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure and have washed my hands in innocence.” – Psalms 73:13

Um…David…you’ve killed thousands!  You are not pure of heart!

“When I tried to understand all this, it troubled me deeply till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.” – Psalms 73:16-17

If by final destiny you mean at the end of your blood stained sword, David, okay, I’ll buy that.

“How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors!” – Psalms 73:19

All those children swept away by God’s terrors.  And for what?  To satisfy God’s bloodlust.

“You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.” – Psalms 73:24

God’s counsel to murder.  God’s counsel to rape and take multiple wives.  God’s counsel to destroy families.  Sounds like good morals to me.

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” – Psalms 73:26

If God is the strength of your heart than you have a cold, black, dead heart!

“Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.” – Psalms 73:27

Well, to be fair, God destroys those who are faithful to him too.  Just ask Job.

To sum up this chapter, Psalms 73 is loaded with hypocrisy and flat out contradictions when compared with previous books/chapters.

Coming Soon:  Psalms – Chapter 77:  For the director of music. For Jeduthun. Of Asaph. A psalm.

Psalms – Chapter 87: Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm. A song.

Continuing through Psalms we have Psalms 87 facing us today.  Are you up for the challenge?  Suck it up buttercup!!!  😊

“He has founded his city on the holy mountain.” – Psalms 87:

Sure.  Whatever.  A holy mountain no one can see.  Sure.  That’s it for this chapter.  There are six other verse, but just glorifying this holy mountain city no one can see.

Coming Soon:  1 Chronicles – Chapter 3:  The Sons of David

Psalms – Chapter 85: For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

Our quest through the book of Psalms during the time of David continues.  Today’s chapter is Psalms 85.

“You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins.” – Psalms 85:2

WTF?!?!  God did not forgive sins.  He punished people over and over.  Several times the Bible tells us God punishes children, grandchildren, and several more generations for the sins of their ancestors!  That’s the opposite of forgiveness!!!

“You set aside all your wrath and turned from your fierce anger.” – Psalms 85:3

Again, not true.  God is full of anger during this time in the Bible.  This anger continues in the New Testament with Jesus as well.  God never sets aside wrath and anger.

“Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger through all generations?” – Psalms 85:4

Yes.

“I will listen to what God the Lord says; he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants—but let them not turn to folly.” – Psalms 85:8

I’m sure you will.  And when God commands you to kill babies, you’ll listen and do it.  That makes you just as evil as your evil make believe god.

“The Lord will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest.” – Psalms 85:12

Okay, but what about the years and years of famine?  Is that also part of God’s good?

Psalms 85, like most other chapters in Psalms, has many verses that are directly contradicted by multiple verses in the Bible.  To put it simply, the god of the Bible is NOT good.  He is NOT just.  He is NOT forgiving.  He does NOT love.  That’s not me saying that.  That’s the words of the Bible saying that.

Coming Soon:  Psalms – Chapter 87:  Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm. A song.

Psalms – Chapter 84: For the director of music. According to gittith. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

Monday’s look into Psalms was rarity of agreement!  The Bible actually said a few good things about the rich being greedy!  Is the Bible taking a turn for the better?  LOL!  Come on, don’t be that gullible!  😊  Let’s see what Psalms 84 has in store for us.

“How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty!” – Psalms 84:1

We never see this god, let along his dwelling place!

“Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.” – Psalms 84:4

No, they are not.  They are likely dead because God violently killed them.  There are so many silly rules that no one can make it into God’s make believe living quarters.

“Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere;” – Psalms 84:10

Given the raping and murdering at the hands of God, I’ll take a thousand days elsewhere!

“Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you.” – Psalms 84:12

Or dead.  Many who trusted in God found themselves killed by God.

That concludes Psalms 84.  David spends the chapter saying how great God is and how blessed one can be if only one truly follows God.  Unfortunately, the Bible says otherwise.

Coming Soon:  Psalms – Chapter 85:  For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

Psalms – Chapter 49: For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

Did you enjoy Saturday’s April Fool’s Day post on this blog?  I couldn’t resist.  After that bit of fun, it’s time to move back into Psalms, with a close look at Psalms 49 today.

“My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.” – Psalms 49:3

Words of wisdom?  ROFL!  There are very few words of wisdom in the Bible. Unless raping women and murdering children is wisdom.

“People, despite their wealth, do not endure; they are like the beasts that perish.” – Psalms 49:12

I agree!  Too bad more Christians don’t follow this!

“But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead; he will surely take me to himself.” – Psalms 49:15

No he won’t.  You’re dead.  That’s it.  End of life.

“Do not be overawed when others grow rich, when the splendor of their houses increases; for they will take nothing with them when they die, their splendor will not descend with them.” – Psalms 49:16-17

Again, I agree.  Again, too bad more Christians don’t follow this!

“People who have wealth but lack understanding are like the beasts that perish.” – Psalms 49:20

For the third time, I agree.  For the third time, too bad more Christians don’t follow this!

There’s quite a bit I agree with in this chapter.  I agree with David’s comments on the rich focusing too much on their wealth.  This is true.  Yet overwhelming Christians vote for politicians who push policy that cuts taxes on the rich and takes away services for the poor.  In other words, Christians vote for policies that are inherently un-Christian.

Coming Soon:  Psalms – Chapter 84:  For the director of music. According to gittith. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.