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2018 September 25
Psalm 143

Thirst (1886)
William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905)
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     [ Illustration: Today's painting illustrates verse 6 of today's Psalm, in which David speaks of his thirst for God. ]


[ I will again be working through the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. I will be adding links, resources, images, and the like, upgrading the former work-through which began with the 2013-10-12 posting which can be found, along with the full Genesis to Revelation postings, in the Archive Page. Postings will be at midnight Eastern Time, as I am able. However, no chapters will be skipped, even though a posting may be late. And all postings will be housed in the Archive Page. ]

     Explanation: In Psalm 143, David asks for relief from persecution and for instruction in righteousness. The occasion is unspecified, but David knew that he deserved his affliction (verse 2). Such thoughts were prominent in David's mind after his sin with Bathsheba, his rebuke by Nathan the prophet, and his persecution by his son Absalom.
     David asks the LORD to hear him in his faithfulness and his righteousness (1). He asks the LORD not to enter into judgment with him because no one will be justified in God's sight (2). His enemy had persecuted him and brought him so low that he was like one who had been long dead (3). His spirit was overwhelmed; and his heart was desolate (4). But, as he remembers the days of old and God's works, he stretches out his hands to God; and he thirsts for God as a thirsty land thirsts for water (5-6).
     He asks God to hear him speedily because his spirit fails him; and he asks that God will not forsake him lest he be like one who goes down to the pit (7). He asks that he might hear God's lovingkindness in the morning because he trusts in God; and he asks that God will cause him to know the way in which he should walk because he trusts God (8). He asks to be delivered from his enemies because he flees to God to be hidden (9). He asks God to teach him to do his will and to lead him into the land of uprightness because God is his God and his Spirit is good (10). He asks the LORD to quicken him and to bring his soul out of trouble for his name's sake and for his righteousness' sake (11). He closes by asking God to cut off his enemies in his mercy and to destroy all of those who afflict his soul because he is God's servant (12).

     [ Sermons: Derek Thomas. Various. ]

Bible Chronologies -- Genesis to Revelation

[Traditional Patriarchal Chronology. Judges Period Chronology 1. Judges Period Chronology 2. Kings of Judah and Israel #1. Kings of Judah and Israel #2].

[Post Exile Chronology 1. Post Exile Chronology 2. Post Exile Chronology 3.]

[Prophets Chronology 1. Prophets Chronology 2. Prophets Chronology 3. Prophets Chronology 4.]

[Intertestamental Period Chronology 1. Intertestamental Period Chronology 2. Intertestamental Period Chronology 3.
Intertestamental Period Chronology 4. Intertestamental Period Chronology 5.]

[New Testament Chronology 1. New Testament Chronology 2. New Testament Chronology 3. New Testament Chronology 4. New Testament Chronology 5.]


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          [ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Psalm 143: PENITENTIAL PSALMS: 1 Samuel 18 - 2 Samuel 1. Psalm 6. Psalm 32. Psalm 38. Psalm 51. Psalm 102. Psalm 130. Psalm 143. ]
[1] 1 John 1:9; Psalm 65:5.
[2] Job 4:17; Job 9:2; Job 9:32; Job 14:3; Job 15:14; Job 22:4.
[3] Lamentations 3:6; Psalm 88:5-6.
[4] Psalm 142:3; Isaiah 59:16; Isaiah 63:5.
[5] Psalm 77:5-6.
[6] Psalm 44:20; Psalm 63:1.
[7] Psalm 69:17; Psalm 102:2.
[8] Psalm 90:14.
[9] Genesis 38:14; Jonah 3:6.
[10] Jeremiah 48:21; Isaiah 26:10; Psalm 27:11.
[11] Psalm 23:3; Psalm 138:7; Psalm 34:17; Psalm 142:7.
[12] Psalm 18; Psalm 40; Psalm 54:7.
     -- From Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Psalm 143 - #1. Psalm 143 - #2. Psalm 143 - #3. Psalm 143 - #4. Psalm 143 - #5. Psalm 143 - #6. Psalm 143 - #7. Psalm 143 - #8. Psalm 143 - #9. Psalm 143 - #10. Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]


John Calvin - CCEL | Analytical Chart - BLB


Gospel Harmony - Summary | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF) | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF)


Hebrew and Greek Interlinear Download - Scripture 4 All

Bible Hub Interlinear Hebrew and Greek Bible

Bible Hub Hebrew Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Hebrew Interlinear

Mounce Interlinear | Bible Hub Greek Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Greek Interlinear Bible

Psalm Detailed Outline


Deliverance from Sinners and from Sin

Nearly all the Psalms (except Psalm 90) were written during the 612 year period
from the time of David around 1016 B. C. to the close of the Canon in about 404 B. C.
Psalm 90, according to its superscription, was written by Moses; this may have been around 1406 B. C.

PSALMS 107-150.
1016 - 404 B.C. Israel
God Praised & Thanked for His Goodness

Psalm 143
David prays to the LORD for deliverance from enemies.

Map 1: Bible Nations | Map 2: Empire of David and Solomon Map 3: Kingdoms of Judah and Israel | Post Exile Chronology.

1 A Psalm of David. *

Hear my prayer, O LORD,
give ear to my supplications:
in thy faithfulness answer me,
and in thy righteousness.
2 And enter not into judgment with thy servant:
for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.
3 For the enemy hath persecuted my soul;
he hath smitten my life down to the ground;
he hath made me to dwell in darkness,
as those that have been long dead.
4 Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me;
my heart within me is desolate.
5 I remember the days of old;
I meditate on all thy works;
I muse on the work of thy hands.
6 I stretch forth my hands unto thee:
my soul thirsteth after thee,
as a thirsty land.

7 Hear me speedily, O LORD:
my spirit faileth:
hide not thy face from me,
lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.
8 hear thy lovingkindness in the morning;
for in thee do I trust:
cause me to know the way wherein I should walk;
for I lift up my soul unto thee.
9 Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies:
I flee unto thee to hide me [with you I hide].
10 Teach me to do thy will;
for thou art my God:
thy spirit is good;
lead me into the land of uprightness.
11 Quicken me, O LORD,
for thy name's sake:
for thy righteousness' sake
bring my soul out of trouble.
12 And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies,
and destroy all them that afflict my soul:
for I am thy servant.

* NOTE: On Opening and Closing Comments in the Psalms.
[Some commentators take the Psalm in Habakkuk 3 to be a standard model for the Psalms.
Habakkuk's Psalm begins with the name of the composer (Habakkuk) and a musical notation ("upon Shigionoth").
It closes with a dedication or a "send to" notice ("To the chief singer on my stringed instruments").
I have arranged similar material, where it is found in the Psalter, in accord with the model in Habakkuk.]

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