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currently we're in a study of the group of psalms identified as being dedicated to ... "the sons of korah," one of them being psalm 84.

today verses 8 and 9

Possibly another "parallelism," today's two verse Text. Verse 9 "echoing" verse 8 to a degree. Let me show you. "O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah. Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed." Psalm 84:8-9

Better yet, let me arrange them in numerical order. And center the lines for analysis. Things become more obvious that way.

8 O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.

9 Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.

The Nominatives of address are similar. In Verse 8, "O Lord God of Hosts." In Verse 9, "O God our Shield." The "Lord of Hosts" means the God Who commands the armies! It's one of God's Warrior Names. And "God our Shield" is the One Who protects us during said warfare! Or guards us from enemy attack, from the devil!

See, these names are "parallel." Or "alike, harmonious."

Then each Verse contains a "request." First, "Hear my prayer." Then "Look upon (my) Face!" But isn't this also a clear rewording of the same desire? When God hears our prayers He does look (favorably) on our faces! (Sometimes the King was called God's "anointed." Saul was often by David! The term can be used of humans.)

Then what I think is a third (though not as clear) "likeness," yet in some ways nearly a "repetition." At the end of each verse is another name for God! Verse 8, "God of Jacob." Verse 9 has God as "Anointed," this time referring to Jesus as "Messiah!" The Hebrew noun for "Messiah" is "Mashiyach."

Yes, we ought to pray for God the Father to favorably view His Son, which He always will do. Always has done! Is doing this very second!

Nothing can ever sever that Relationship! Folks, this is simply praying God's Perfect Will, agreeing with the Almighty in His already stated Plans and Actions.

And yes, I realize I've used the word "anointed" in two different ways. But that occurs often in Scripture. A "local and limited" meaning to a term, yet again a "long-range and eternal" one also.

Well, these thoughts today should get us "started" anyway! Pondering this Scripture. "O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah. Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed." Psalm 84:8-9

Amen!

                --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

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