There is one truth in the world that no one can deny…everyone will die and you can’t take it with you. The Egyptians thought they could, but when we open their tombs, we discovered they were wrong. The end of Psalm 49 should have been on this man’s reading list:
90-year-old Lonnie Holloway loved his 1973 Pontiac Catalina and his guns, so much so that he took them to the grave.
Holloway died on September 3rd, and his burial wishes were well known in the Texas town of Saluda. After a service at Rock Hill Baptist Church, in Saluda, hundreds of onlookers watched a wrecker lower the ‘73 Catalina into Holloway’s final resting place. Family and friends weren’t surprised in the least by the man’s unusual interment plans, describing him as “a stylin’ and profilin’ type guy.”
And then there’s the guns. Holloway took his arsenal to the grave, but not for any zombie apocalypse reasons. Friends of the dead man hooked him up right and proper:
Friends placed all of his guns in the trunk of the car. They tell News19 that he didn’t want them to get into the wrong hands, so he wanted to take them with him.
Most people know Psalm 46:10 or have at least heard it, “Be still and know that I am God”. It is interesting that it is used in such peaceful settings as if you can hear the babbling brook or the Whippoorwills in the field. But when you read this Psalm, you get a very different impression. Here, God is causing total chaos in the earth, both naturally and nationally and the sentence has an exclamation on it. It does not mean be quiet and peaceful but to stop your crazy effort and realize that God is God of all. It is more of a fear and trembling than the tranquil way it’s usually portrayed.
Psalm 44 has a stark contrast that seems to be in reverse order. As you start the Psalm, it seems to be praising God for how good he is to the people, but right after the interlude starting in verse 9, it changes to a lament that God has forgotten them and abandoned them. If you were using this in a worship service, you could never have this as the closing song.
What in the world has happened to David and why is he singing about it? In chapter 38, his wounds fester and stink because of his sins. It makes you wonder what kind of sins cause this issue. He is bent over in pain and has a raging fever. When I think of the one sin that David is most known for and the request he had in his death bed, you wonder if this was not some form of VD. That may seem sacrilegious to you, but David had his issues and he is suffering in those sins.
What! David must be blind or a liar! 37:25 says that he has never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread. This is great news. Solve world hunger by believing in God, and then all those children won’t starve for bread! AARRRGGGG! Even as I write this tongue and cheek, I am acutely aware that I can feed those children if I would just sponsor one more child. But $30 is too much for me to give. I need my cable TV, my latte and the latest iPod. Children will just have to die while I feed my lust.
Psalm 33 is one of those Psalms that reminds us of God’s transcendence and omnipotence. He is over us. He is otherworldly. He is incomprehensible. He is God and we are not. I can get so wrapped up in my own life and the things I have going on that I forget that I am not a creator of anything. All I have comes from God and anything I can do is because of him. I’m like the windup toy that forgets it needs the winder if it is ever going to accomplish anything.
Psalm 32 is a great Psalm of God’s grace and forgiveness as well as a testimony of David’s repentance. I love the line, “Let all the godly pray to you while there is still time.” God is good and I desperately want to have a heart that beats like his does. I need forgiveness and I need to admit my own sins to come to that place of repentance. I’m reminded of the song that says “What can wash away my sin, nothing but the blood of Jesus.” Thank you Jesus for loving us.
I have restrained myself quite a few times during our read through the bible but today I have to address something that is one of my favorite curiosities in the Old Testament. Did you know there were unicorns? Seriously, they are mentioned many times throughout the scriptures. Our modern translations have edited them out in favor of wild ox like in Psalm 29:6 but pull out your trusty KJV and you will see unicorn.
he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn
he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn
Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee
like a young unicorn
But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn
and his horns are like the horns of unicorns
for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns
And the unicorns shall come down with them
This is a translation error that went so deep, artist of that day painted and drew them into their artwork because it was believed to be a Biblical truth. Dpo you see the unicorns in the loading of the ark picture above?
David begs God not to abandon him. “Do not be angry with me” and “Don’t turn your back on me in my time of need” are common phrases that David uses to ensure that God will be there for him. We have an assurance that David never had, we are on the back side of the redemptive initiation and have secured God’s promise that he will never leave us or abandon us. Though this is good, I wonder what our faith would be like without this assurance?
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.