By Miriam Dunson
Having stumbled on a powerful correlation among topics within the psalms and the private and religious matters that older adults care for daily, Miriam Dunson selects ten of the best-known psalms for in-depth experiences exploring problems with specific difficulty to older humans. She opens avenues for examine and mirrored image via together with in every one bankruptcy a dialogue of the psalm's history, its that means, and the way it pertains to the lives of older individuals.
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It is a hymn of praise that begins and ends with gratitude to God, and it gives the rationale for the gratitude all through the hymn, naming God's blessings. What other themes do you find in these two psalms, poignant with feeling and meaning? Is there a glimpse here into the answer to the question as to how the psalmist moves from despair to joy? 3 Psalm 103 is clearly postexilic, reflecting the joy over how God has cared for all their needs during this time. Perhaps this is how life feels sometimes to persons with chronic arthritis or other painful maladies that can come in later life.
The hype about how great life is in the later years turns out not to be the reality. They were back, they were facing change, and the bottomline truth was that God had not deserted them. What Does The Psalm Say? Psalm 102 Hear my prayer, O LORD; let my cry come to you. Do not hide your face from me in the day of my distress. Incline your ear to me; answer me speedily in the day when I call. For my days pass away like smoke, and my bones burn like a furnace. My heart is stricken and withered like grass; I am too wasted to eat my bread.
As for mortals, their days are like grass; they flourish like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children's children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments. LORD The has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all. Page 45 Bless the LORD, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, obedient to his spoken word.
A Very Present Help: Psalm Studies for Older Adults by Miriam Dunson