Date: 02 Mar 2000
What is the significance of the switch from prayer mode using: O Lord to address God, to God in the third person in verses 8-10?
Date: 28 Nov 2000
In what ways does God teach us? This Psalm depicts God as a teacher, but I'm wondering how God teaches us. How do we make this passage appear real to people who don't see God teaching them anything? How do we deal with those who wonder if God is teaching them in such things as the death of a loved one? Lots to ask here.
Date: 01 Dec 2000
tj of nc
Time: 6:01:06 AM
Thanks for the comment about the switch from prayer mode to God in 3rd person in verse 8. My commentary notes that this Psalm was an acrostic. My immediate response to the notation about the switch is that, "oh - it's like an old-fashioned melodrama, where the actor speaks an aside to the audience." It makes me smile. And I really like this Psalm. It's so full of yearning for God. I wonder if the Psalmist's aside is to himself or to an audience, or to somehow appeal to God.
Janice in KS
Time: 7:47:21 AM
I too like this psalm with its yearning for God. As the first sunday of Advent, I want to use the idea of 'how do we waiting/yearn?" what is or how do we "actively yearn". The psalmist talks about confession, openness to mercy. Also there is the need to be open: "show me your ways". If anyone has something specfic illustrations or examples for these thoughts I would appreciate same. Deke of the North
Time: 2:04:50 PM
It seems to me the psalmist is contrasting himself to the "wanton" sinners(v.3). He has sinned, at least in his youth(v.7), but begs, "Cut me some slack, Lord, I didn't mean to hurt you. Teach me to do better.(vs.4-5)" Not a bad prayer for those of us who know ourselves to be imperfect, yet yearn for more. Tom in TN(USA)