Hebrew Whiteboard Update

Psalm 4:8-9 (Hebrew verse numbering for the English vv. 7-8) bring us to the end of the body of this Davidic psalm. These two verses display a good deal of emphasis by means of literary devices, grammatical structure, and vocabulary. Thus, the psalm ends with a burst of emotion and truths that seal its message on the hearts of David’s hearers and readers.

Watch for the final installment in our analysis of Psalm 4 in which we will examine the musical subscription, identify the psalm’s structure, provide a summary of exegetical and theological comments, and suggest homiletical propositions.

Click on Hebrew Whiteboard to download Psalm 4:1-9 or any of the previous studies of Psalms 1-3 and 120-122.

Creation Summit, The Master’s University

The Master’s University hosted the Creation Summit 2017 on February 24-25. Dr. Abner Chou opened the summit with his TMU Chapel message on Friday, February 24. On Saturday, February 25, Dr. Todd Wood, myself, and Dr. John MacArthur spoke in the day’s three sessions. The sessions were well attended for the topic, “God’s First Man.” The sessions looked at the historicity of the biblical Adam from the viewpoint of biblical narrative, paleontology, genetics, history, and theology. The links below provide PowerPoint presentation (in pdf format) and the link to my chapter in Searching for Adam.

PowerPoint pdf (38MB)

Searching for Adam, Chapter 1, by William D. Barrick

Hebrew Whiteboard Update

Psalm 4:5 brings us to the second occurrence of “Selah” in this psalm and it gives the verse added emphasis. The verse also leads us to study the Septuagint (LXX) translation, since Paul cited the first half of the verse from the LXX in Ephesians 4:26. As we continue our analysis of Psalm 4, the structure exposed in vv. 2-5 will provide us with information necessary for both an accurate interpretation of the psalm and appropriate application of its theological implications.

Follow this link for Hebrew Whiteboard to download Psalm 4:1-5 or any of the previous studies of Psalms 1-3 and 120-122.

Hebrew Whiteboard Update

As we enter the New Year (2017), we turn to another psalm from the biblical Psalter. Interpreters and expositors often refer to Psalm 4 as an evening prayer following Psalm 3 as a morning prayer. Psalm 4 presents us with the first potential example of the mis-divided psalm headings (the link to my blog post about these colophons). To access Psalm 4:1-2 and the previous psalms posted thus far, click on this link: Hebrew Whiteboard.

Psalms Commentaries & Psalms Studies

Hebrew Whiteboard now includes a listing of my favorite Psalms commentaries and Psalms studies. The listing presents them in order of my personal preference and each thumbnail of a book is linked to Amazon (just click on the book picture that you wish to examine further). Eventually, I will also list individual books dealing with groups of psalms (as with the Imprecatory Psalms in the list) and individual psalms.

Hebrew Whiteboard Update

How delightful to study the Word of God, to analyze a psalm in detail, and to meditate upon its implications for my own life. Verses 8-9 conclude Psalm 122 and focus upon David’s purposes or promises for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for his people, and for the “house of YHWH,” the Tabernacle. The theme of “peace” occurs yet again (the word’s third use in the psalm) and “good” makes its appearance as the practical outworking of David’s commitment to Jerusalem and all who go there in pilgrimage to worship the Lord.

Those who downloaded the earlier verses will find a few revisions here and there for the sake of accuracy. May you enjoy the study of this psalm as much as I have.

Go to Hebrew Whiteboard for this unfolding analysis, as well as for accessing previous Psalms studies.