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Psalms 詩篇

One of my favourite poets is Winnie-the-Pooh. He wrote some really cool poems like this:

Tra-la-la, tra-la-la, Tra-la-la, tra-la-la
Tiddle-iddle, tiddle-iddle, Tiddle-iddle, tiddle-iddle

I also like Roald Dahl’s poems. He wrote some really disgusting poems like this:

Dear friends, we surely all agree
There’s almost nothing worse to see
Than some repulsive little bum
Who’s always chewing chewing gum.
(It’s very near as bad as those
Who sit around and pick the nose).
So please believe us when we say
That chewing gum will never pay;
This sticky habit’s bound to send
The chewer to a sticky end.

Poems are cool. Poems can be fun. But poems can also be profound and life-changing.

Today we’re continuing our walk through the Bible and we’re up to the book of Psalms.
The Psalms are the poems of God.

As such, after thousands of years, they still touch the soul like no other poetry. They bring light to dim lives, guidance for the lost, comfort for the hurting, instruction for the simple and the wise, prophecy for the spiritually hungry and a perspective of praise.

One of the reasons the Psalms still strike us so richly is because they are not philosophy. They are not merely moral teachings. They are not even primarily theology.
They are revelation. They are the word and the mind of God revealed to us.

As such, when we read and pray the words of the Psalms, we are actually praying the words of scripture back to God. This is a very healthy and powerful thing. We are no longer praying from the often wayward concerns of our hearts but rather we are learning to pray in accordance with God’s will and in a spirit which is righteous and pleasing to God.

Some background on the Psalms:
The book of Psalms is a collection of 150 poems. The Psalms were composed over a span of about one thousand years. The earliest was by Moses (Psalm 90) in the fifteenth century B.C., and a couple appear to be contemporary with the Babylonian captivity in the sixth century B.C. (Psalms 126 and 137). David wrote 73 of the Psalms, Moses wrote one, 25 are written by other named guys, and almost a third of the writers are unknown.

Jesus referred to the Psalms frequently. He taught from the Psalms. He sang from the Psalms at the last supper. He quoted the Psalms on the cross and died with the words of the Psalms on His lips. The Psalms are a big deal!

The early church frequently referred to the Psalms.
It inspired them in times of persecution (Acts 4:25).
It was part of the apostles’ preaching (Acts 2:25, 13:33).
It became central to their theology and belief in Christ (Heb 1:6,10-13;2:6-8; 5:6; 10:5-7).
The Psalms are a big deal!

But today, I don’t just want to study the Psalms in an academic sense, although there is value to that. I want to let the Psalms touch your life. I want you to hear God speaking into your heart through His poetry. I want you to enjoy God through His revealed Word.

So let’s look at 5 Psalms today.

Psalm 1. A Psalm of guidance. The Psalms have
There can be a feeling that poetry is nice but impractical. Sweet sounding words for us to enjoy but of little real practical value for our lives. Nothing could be further from the truth with the Psalms. This would help explain why the Psalms have remained so widely read throughout the ages. And this rugged practicality is true of Psalm 1.
詩篇1 導きの詩篇。詩篇は私たちの人生に本当の実用的価値があります。

1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.
4 Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

1 悪しき者のはかりごとに歩まず、罪びとの道に立たず、あざける者の座にすわらぬ人はさいわいである。
2 このような人は主のおきてをよろこび、昼も夜もそのおきてを思う。
3 このような人は流れのほとりに植えられた木の/時が来ると実を結び、その葉もしぼまないように、そのなすところは皆栄える。
4 悪しき者はそうでない、風の吹き去るもみがらのようだ。
5 それゆえ、悪しき者はさばきに耐えない。罪びとは正しい者のつどいに立つことができない。
6 主は正しい者の道を知られる。しかし、悪しき者の道は滅びる。

Psalm 22 – A Psalm of prophecy. The most frequently quoted psalm in the New Testament. Psalm 22 all by itself is enough to convince me that the Bible is the revelation of God. This psalm contains numerous clear prophetic references to the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Christ about 1000 years before they took place. (Not whole psalm for time purposes.) Listen and be amazed.

1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?
7 All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads.
8 “He trusts in the Lord,” they say, “let the Lord rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he
delights in him.”
16 Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce my hands and my feet.
18 They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.
27 All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations will bow down before him,
28 for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations.
31 They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it!

1 わが神、わが神、なにゆえわたしを捨てられるのですか。なにゆえ遠く離れてわたしを助けず、わたしの嘆きの言葉を聞かれないのですか。
7 すべてわたしを見る者は、わたしをあざ笑い、くちびるを突き出し、かしらを振り動かして言う、
8 「彼は主に身をゆだねた、主に彼を助けさせよ。主は彼を喜ばれるゆえ、主に彼を救わせよ」と。
16 まことに、犬はわたしをめぐり、悪を行う者の群れがわたしを囲んで、わたしの手と足を刺し貫いた。
18 彼らは互にわたしの衣服を分け、わたしの着物をくじ引にする。
27 地のはての者はみな思い出して、主に帰り、もろもろの国のやからはみな、み前に伏し拝むでしょう。
28 国は主のものであって、主はもろもろの国民を統べ治められます。
31 主がなされたその救を/後に生れる民にのべ伝えるでしょう。

Psalm 23 – A Psalm of comfort. Arguably the most famous psalm of all, it is often read at funerals or other times of distress. It is a solemn reminder that God is our Great Shepherd, our Great Comfort and that we find our rest and our fulfillment in Him.

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

1 主はわたしの牧者であって、わたしには乏しいことがない。
2 主はわたしを緑の牧場に伏させ、いこいのみぎわに伴われる。
3 主はわたしの魂をいきかえらせ、み名のためにわたしを正しい道に導かれる。
4 たといわたしは死の陰の谷を歩むとも、わざわいを恐れません。あなたがわたしと共におられるからです。あなたのむちと、あなたのつえはわたしを慰めます。
5 あなたはわたしの敵の前で、わたしの前に宴を設け、わたしのこうべに油をそそがれる。わたしの杯はあふれます。
6 わたしの生きているかぎりは/必ず恵みといつくしみとが伴うでしょう。わたしはとこしえに主の宮に住むでしょう。

Psalm 51 – A Psalm of confession and repentance. One of the things that amazes me about King David was that he was so in touch with the heart of God. We can learn to turn to God by following David’s example, but David didn’t have such an example. He was the example. He relied on the teachings of the Pentateuch and the revelation of the Holy Spirit. And so it is that David is described as “a man after the heart of God”. Psalm 51 tells us that no matter how badly we sin, how far we find ourselves from God, there is a way back to Him and He is merciful. (Not whole psalm for time purposes.)

1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.
7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.

1 神よ、あなたのいつくしみによって、わたしをあわれみ、あなたの豊かなあわれみによって、わたしのもろもろのとがをぬぐい去ってください。
2 わたしの不義をことごとく洗い去り、わたしの罪からわたしを清めてください。
3 わたしは自分のとがを知っています。わたしの罪はいつもわたしの前にあります。
7 ヒソプをもって、わたしを清めてください、わたしは清くなるでしょう。わたしを洗ってください、わたしは雪よりも白くなるでしょう。
10 神よ、わたしのために清い心をつくり、わたしのうちに新しい、正しい霊を与えてください。
11 わたしをみ前から捨てないでください。あなたの聖なる霊をわたしから取らないでください。
12 あなたの救の喜びをわたしに返し、自由の霊をもって、わたしをささえてください。
17 神の受けられるいけにえは砕けた魂です。神よ、あなたは砕けた悔いた心を/かろしめられません。

Psalm 150 – A Psalm of praise. Whether we’re enjoying good times, or going through hard times, God is always worthy of praise. You’ll find that virtually every psalm of anguish in the Bible – every one that cries out to God in desperate need – concludes with words of praise. It’s a wonderful model for us when we cry out to God in anguish or in need. And it’s also fitting that the book of Psalms finish with a psalm of praise.

1 Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.
2 Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.
3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre,
4 praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe,
5 praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.
6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.

1 主をほめたたえよ。その聖所で神をほめたたえよ。その力のあらわれる大空で主をほめたたえよ。
2 その大能のはたらきのゆえに主をほめたたえよ。そのすぐれて大いなることのゆえに/主をほめたたえよ。
3 ラッパの声をもって主をほめたたえよ。立琴と琴とをもって主をほめたたえよ。
4 鼓と踊りとをもって主をほめたたえよ。緒琴と笛とをもって主をほめたたえよ。
5 音の高いシンバルをもって主をほめたたえよ。鳴りひびくシンバルをもって主をほめたたえよ。
6 息のあるすべてのものに主をほめたたえさせよ。主をほめたたえよ。

Can I encourage you take make the Psalms a regular part of your Bible reading? Some people set a day of the week aside (often Sunday) to focus on the Psalms. Others follow their regular Bible reading program in the morning but end the day with a Psalm. Whatever works best for you, let me encourage you to make the Psalms – and with them the revelation of God – a central part of your life.