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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Bible Verse Sunday #24 & Cinco de Mayo

In light of my youngest sister Naomi's choir performance this evening, I have selected today's verse as a verse having to do with worship, Psalm 105:1:

"Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!"

The ESV Study Bible has this to say on the verse:

"Psalm 105. This is a hymn celebrating God's faithful dealings with his people, particularly reflecting on episodes from the Pentateuch in which the people interacted with powerful foreigners who might have harmed them: Abimelech (Genesis 20), Potiphar (Genesis 39-41), and Pharaoh (Exodus, esp. chs. 7-14). The tone of Psalm 105 is one of gratitude (vv. 1-6): each member of the singing congregation should recognize that he is an heir and beneficiary of all these great deeds that God has done, so that each one will embrace his calling to live as a member of God's holy people (vv. 43-45). it is only the psalm to recall explicitly the promises to the patriarchs. Psalm 105 is a "historical psalm," like Psalms 78 and 106. Psalm 106 takes up events that follow those of Psalm 105, stressing God's patience with his people when they disbelieved and rebelled. The theme of the people's disbelief is absent from Psalm 105. Verses 28-36 recount eight of the 10 plagues sent upon the Egyptians, leaving out the fifth and sixths (Ex 9. 1-12). The psalm mentions the ninth plague first (Ps. 105:28), and has the third and fourth in reverse order (v. 31). There is no doubt that the psalm depends on Exodus; the difference between the two tellings is due to the different purposes behind the tellings. Exodus gives the fuller narrative, while Psalm 105 focuses on features that display God's faithfulness. Verses 1-15 also appear in 1 Chron. 15:8-22, followed by aversion of Psalm 96, giving the song for moving the ark to Jerusalem.

105:1 call upon his name. An expression for seeking the Lord in public worship (cf. Gen 4:26; 12:8). make known his deeds among the peoples. Cf. Ps. 9:11; Isa. 12:4."

Today at church, Naomi's choir sang during worship, and the pastor continued in the series on Hosea. He spoke about how God's love endures, procures, and secures. In the High School service, the youth pastor there talked about marriage and divorce, particularly about how much God hates the latter.

This evening, Naomi's choir performed a musical play, in which Naomi had a brief solo. All of the kids did a fantastic job, both singing and acting. I also am semi-grateful for the large supply of cookies served at the end of the play. They were good, but I had one too many, which made me sick to the stomach. Good thing I had some lemonade to wash it all down. Anyhow, I took more pictures for the time capsule, and with luck, it should be ready to be interred in the attic tomorrow.

Today is also Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday which celebrates the unlikely victory by the Mexicans over the invading French forces in 1862 at the Battle of Puebla. It is mainly a regional holiday in Mexico, though it is celebrated in the U.S. as a day of Mexican heritage and pride. The only reason I recognize it is because a friend of mine wished me a happy Cinco de Mayo. I wish you all out there a happy Cinco de Mayo as well.