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Episode: “Psalms 134”
The series concludes, having seen many coming up to Jerusalem, seeking and praising God. On the Mount of Olives, Jeff invites all Believers to journey together to our ultimate destination. Marty Goetz sings a wonderful rendition of “Benediction.”
Series: “Psalms of Ascent (2018)”
In this eight-part television series, Jeff and Sandra examine Psalms 120 to 134, which are known as the “Psalms of Ascent.” While these psalms may have been sung by ancient Jews going up to the Temple in Jerusalem, they are surprisingly appropriate and timely for Believers today. Eitan Shishkoff from Haifa and the music of Marty Goetz are also featured.

Caption transcript for Psalms of Ascent (2018): “Psalms 134” (8/8)

  • 00:05 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they might be saved,
  • 00:12 for there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek,
  • 00:14 for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him.
  • 00:39 Welcome to Zola Levitt Presents.
  • 00:40 I'm Kirsten Hart.
  • 00:42 And I'm David Hart.
  • 00:43 I can't believe this is the last program
  • 00:44 of our Series, "Psalms of Ascent"
  • 00:46 which first aired in 2010.
  • 00:48 We're so thankful for all of the teaching
  • 00:50 that's gone on this Series.
  • 00:52 Dr. Seif,
  • 00:53 we've had Hebrew Lessons,
  • 00:54 music by Marty Goetz.
  • 00:55 I love the music.
  • 00:56 Eitan has brought us great messages from the Coast in Israel.
  • 00:59 Dramatic Re-enactments
  • 01:01 Right, it's been a full, wonderful Series,
  • 01:03 and today Dr. Seif will be teaching
  • 01:05 on the last Psalm of Ascent,
  • 01:07 which is Psalm 134.
  • 01:08 So if you have your Bible,
  • 01:10 open it and get ready for our teaching.
  • 01:12 But first let's go to
  • 01:13 our dramatic re-enactment in Israel.
  • 01:17 "Behold, bless ye the Lord all ye servants of the Lord,"
  • 01:22 "which by night stand in the House of the Lord."
  • 01:26 "Lift up your hands in the Sanctuary,"
  • 01:29 "and bless the Lord."
  • 01:31 The Lord that made heaven and earth,"
  • 01:34 "bless thee out of Zion."
  • 01:40 What's represented by these arms extended,
  • 01:42 this transcendence,
  • 01:44 this looking beyond the moment,
  • 01:47 or folks saying, "Lord I need you."
  • 01:49 "Lord I want you."
  • 01:50 "Lord help me."
  • 01:52 Are they saying that,
  • 01:53 all of the above,
  • 01:55 some of the above?
  • 01:56 It certainly is personal from person to person.
  • 01:59 But what is to be observed is that
  • 02:01 people do take leave of the moment.
  • 02:04 Mindful of sin and circumstance
  • 02:06 we reach up to God and say, "Help me, heal me and make me whole."
  • 02:11 People do it individually and I know that because
  • 02:14 here from the Mount of Olives
  • 02:15 it's hard to carve out some space just to give this talk
  • 02:19 because there are so many people round about.
  • 02:22 They just come and come and come to Jerusalem.
  • 02:25 Some tourists, just to see the site,
  • 02:27 others to seek the Lord here.
  • 02:31 In the case of the psalmist,
  • 02:32 he encourages lifting hands upward.
  • 02:35 You can go to the Western Wall
  • 02:36 on the other side of the site behind me.
  • 02:38 People write prayer requests and stick them in the wall.
  • 02:41 Different people, different ways, different days,
  • 02:44 all of whom are trying to get a
  • 02:47 little touch of heaven, here in the Holy Land.
  • 02:52 In Psalm Chapter 134
  • 02:56 we come to the close
  • 02:57 of this section called
  • 03:05 Psalms that were sung by pilgrims of old
  • 03:08 as they made their way to this place,
  • 03:10 that is in fact of old.
  • 03:13 In Psalm 134, if you'll look with me there,
  • 03:16 the psalmist says,
  • 03:31 And oh for the love of God, they keep doing it,
  • 03:34 and many stream here to do it
  • 03:37 to get a glimpse of this.
  • 03:38 In fact, people watch this television program
  • 03:40 to get a glimpse of this.
  • 03:42 Well here the psalmist encourages,
  • 03:44 "Bless the Lord."
  • 03:46 Here in Jerusalem he says,
  • 03:47 [Speaking first in Hebrew]
  • 04:01 There's something about it.
  • 04:03 I think human nature being what it is,
  • 04:07 the human condition being what it is,
  • 04:10 our own sense of being assailed sometimes by
  • 04:13 circumstance, by situations.
  • 04:16 We want to take leave of it all if but for a moment,
  • 04:19 carve out some space,
  • 04:22 and enter in to God's presence with the belief
  • 04:25 that by virtue of spending some time there
  • 04:28 we'll be energized,
  • 04:30 we'll be able to more effectively
  • 04:31 mobilize faith and resources
  • 04:34 to better meet the troubles of the day.
  • 04:38 And hence there's this sense of sanctuary, retreating.
  • 04:41 It's not that it's characterized by
  • 04:43 a permanent retreat from life,
  • 04:45 though it could be said that some
  • 04:47 excessively religious people are gained to do that.
  • 04:50 No, in this case, pilgrims came to Jerusalem
  • 04:53 not to spend their life here,
  • 04:55 but rather get a touch of heaven here
  • 04:57 in the hope that they will be energized and
  • 05:00 then go home and get a sense of God's will and ways
  • 05:03 to meet the trouble of their days.
  • 05:06 This sense of transcendent worship
  • 05:09 that's reflected by this,
  • 05:10 one needn't come to Jerusalem for it,
  • 05:13 though here in Jerusalem in the Old Testament
  • 05:15 the psalmist is encouraging,
  • 05:17 "Lift your hands."
  • 05:19 But this sense of lifting the hands
  • 05:21 is found elsewhere beyond the pages of the Psalms.
  • 05:25 We find it in ancient art and literature.
  • 05:30 As for art, you can go to the catacombs,
  • 05:32 those being the place where the earliest believers met,
  • 05:35 and they had these various humble frescoes painted in the plaster.
  • 05:40 There's pictures of people praying like this.
  • 05:44 Beyond those humble beginnings under Rome, underground,
  • 05:48 where you get the term "underground church".
  • 05:50 The earliest above ground worship facility that has been found
  • 05:54 was a dugout of the earth in Dura-Europos, Syria.
  • 05:58 And there there's frescoes as well of people praying
  • 06:01 like this, from the 3rd Century.
  • 06:05 Whether it's the 1st Century,
  • 06:06 whether it's the 3rd Century A.D. ,
  • 06:07 whether it's 1,000 B.C.
  • 06:09 people are entering in to God's presence like this.
  • 06:13 The earliest Jewish believers in Yeshua, in Jesus,
  • 06:17 would be gained to pray with arms extended.
  • 06:20 James Charlesworth, a professor of Princeton University,
  • 06:24 translated a book a collection of songs
  • 06:28 from the 1st Century Messianic Jewish world
  • 06:30 called, "The Odes of Solomon".
  • 06:33 and therein in that Hymn Book, over and again
  • 06:35 the call is to pray with abandon
  • 06:37 with arms extended like this,
  • 06:40 like what we're reading here.
  • 06:42 But listen, those early Messianic beliefs
  • 06:44 saw by standing and praying like this,
  • 06:47 what the got was a picture not just of abandonment
  • 06:50 as one enters into God's presence, no,
  • 06:52 they got a picture of the Cross.
  • 06:57 Do you know by the way, that Yeshua came into
  • 06:59 the world to save sinners and to help people?
  • 07:01 He can put a new song in your mouth,
  • 07:06 a song of praise to God.
  • 07:09 Some are stuck in the ma laze.
  • 07:10 There's no good news.
  • 07:11 There's nothin to sing about.
  • 07:13 The mind is just spinning with fermenting discontent.
  • 07:16 God can fix that.
  • 07:18 You know, pilgrims came here to Jerusalem
  • 07:20 to enter into God's presence.
  • 07:22 And even if you can't come to Jerusalem
  • 07:24 you would do well to enter into God's presence.
  • 07:27 Go into a Sanctuary, a House of Worship,
  • 07:29 talk to a Pastor,
  • 07:30 talk to the Lord.
  • 07:32 Find out how in Messiah Yeshua, how in Jesus,
  • 07:35 you can be born anew,
  • 07:38 and your circumstances along with you.
  • 07:42 Were that to be your experience you could sing
  • 07:44 like the psalmist here who says,
  • 07:46 "Bless the Lord, all the servants of the Lord,"
  • 07:49 "and we bless you from Zion,"
  • 07:51 "even He that made heaven and earth."
  • 08:00 Our offer on this program,
  • 08:03 the CD, "I Call You Friend"
  • 08:05 by Marty Goetz.
  • 08:06 A beautiful compilation of Psalms set to music.
  • 08:10 Peaceful, soothing,
  • 08:11 It will transport you
  • 08:13 into areas of worship
  • 08:15 that are beyond your expectations.
  • 08:17 We're honored to have Marty with us during
  • 08:19 this special series of programs
  • 08:20 on the book of Psalms and we know that
  • 08:23 you'll find this CD to be a blessing.
  • 08:26 Call 1-800 WONDERS and ask for,
  • 08:28 Marty Goetz' CD, "I Call You Friend"
  • 08:35 The word "ministry"
  • 08:36 comes from the Latin word "minus"
  • 08:39 which means "less than",
  • 08:40 and it derives from Jesus saying,
  • 08:42 "He who is greatest among you must be the servant of all."
  • 08:46 "I endeavor to be a servant to the text here,
  • 08:49 and I want you, please be a servant to the Gospel,
  • 08:52 and help us get this story out.
  • 08:55 It's not cheap.
  • 08:56 Your gracious contributions are so appreciated,
  • 09:00 and make one now, please, to
  • 09:01 Zola Levitt Ministries
  • 09:08 Dr. Jeffrey Seif is a highly sought after
  • 09:11 Speaker and a college Professor.
  • 09:13 We have been able to bring you an 8 week,
  • 09:16 in depth course on the Psalms of Ascent
  • 09:19 because of your donations.
  • 09:22 So we thank you for making this whole series possible.
  • 09:25 Dr. Seif will be tying up the whole series today,
  • 09:28 but first, let's go to a dramatic re-enactment.
  • 09:33 The Psalms of Ascent speak of a journey
  • 09:37 ever upward towards Zion,
  • 09:40 into the courtyards of the Lord.
  • 09:42 The psalmist makes it clear
  • 09:44 that this journey
  • 09:46 is sometimes riddled with difficulties,
  • 09:49 but more often than not, with blessing.
  • 09:53 He speaks of deception,
  • 09:56 and preservation,
  • 09:59 dependence,
  • 10:01 and stability,
  • 10:04 reliance,
  • 10:06 and perseverance,
  • 10:09 redemption,
  • 10:11 and comfort,
  • 10:14 joy,
  • 10:16 and unity.
  • 10:19 The Lord that made heaven and earth
  • 10:21 bless the out of Zion.
  • 10:26 The Psalms contain
  • 10:28 a wide range
  • 10:30 of experiences,
  • 10:32 of emotions,
  • 10:35 from agonies to ecstasies
  • 10:38 and everything in life in between.
  • 10:40 The Psalms talk about life from
  • 10:42 love, abandonment, disappointment,
  • 10:45 disgrace in relationships,
  • 10:48 in personal performances,
  • 10:50 all of that.
  • 10:52 The Psalms of Ascent contain that to varying degrees.
  • 10:56 In part because it's real human beings
  • 10:59 that are coming here to Jerusalem because
  • 11:03 they want a touch of God.
  • 11:05 They want God to help them in their life.
  • 11:09 They don't just come as I'd said earlier in the program yesterday.
  • 11:12 They come today.
  • 11:14 They're here right now.
  • 11:15 It's hard to carve out some quiet space because
  • 11:18 there's so many here praying, praising, talking
  • 11:21 as this vista is just lighting their candle.
  • 11:25 I don't know what it does for you, but
  • 11:27 I do know that I want to speak to you, and
  • 11:29 if you'll permit, I want to discuss some of what
  • 11:33 we considered in the Psalms of Ascent,
  • 11:35 and then I want to talk to you personally
  • 11:37 in some pastoral sense if you'd permit.
  • 11:40 in the Psalms of Ascent we heard grieving people
  • 11:43 that are so concerned because
  • 11:45 people have done them wrong in life.
  • 11:48 Deceitful lips,
  • 11:49 manipulators,
  • 11:51 people who would abandon them on one hand, and
  • 11:53 disappoint them on the other.
  • 11:55 All of that.
  • 11:56 It could be that some of that speaks to your circumstance.
  • 12:01 The story of sinners wanting to enter in to God's presence,
  • 12:04 and experiencing His forgiveness.
  • 12:07 It could be that you're experiencing some of that.
  • 12:10 There's stories in the Psalms of Ascent about
  • 12:13 praying for blessings in families, in marriages,
  • 12:17 with children and grandchildren.
  • 12:20 And it could be that you're experiencing some of that.
  • 12:24 When you read the Psalms, there's
  • 12:26 something for everyone because
  • 12:28 it is so "down to earth"
  • 12:30 in the way that it talks to human experience.
  • 12:36 And now, as one human being to another,
  • 12:39 if you'll permit,
  • 12:41 I'd like to speak to you about an experience
  • 12:44 that's available for you.
  • 12:48 I want to talk to you about it from this place.
  • 12:51 It says in the prophets,
  • 12:52 that the Word of the Lord will come forth from Zion.
  • 12:56 And here with Jerusalem in the background,
  • 12:58 I have something that I'm praying and I'm hoping is
  • 13:01 the Word of the Lord for you.
  • 13:04 And that Word is that irrespective of where you find yourself right now,
  • 13:09 you're not in a pit that's so low where God can't Himself
  • 13:14 conduct a rescue operation to deliver you out of it.
  • 13:18 You might think that's the case as you find yourself in circumstances
  • 13:22 that you are personally unable
  • 13:25 to extricate yourself from.
  • 13:27 If the Psalms of Ascent tell me anything, they
  • 13:30 tell me there's a good God!
  • 13:32 And people are coming to worship that good God joyfully.
  • 13:36 I want you to know that there can be a new song in your mouth and you
  • 13:40 can be part of that happy throng, but
  • 13:42 what you need to do is
  • 13:44 you need to do what the psalmist says,
  • 13:46 to repent,
  • 13:48 [Speaking first in Hebrew]
  • 13:52 That may resonate with you.
  • 13:53 There's something that you might need to change.
  • 13:56 The psalmist talks about entering into God's Sanctuary.
  • 14:00 You might need to find your way to one.
  • 14:03 Some of us are way too alone and
  • 14:05 that sense of alienation itself,
  • 14:07 hear me on this,
  • 14:08 that sense of alienation itself,
  • 14:10 could well contribute to the depression
  • 14:12 that you may well be feeling.
  • 14:15 You need to reach up to God.
  • 14:18 You need to repent of sins,
  • 14:20 if that resonates with you right now
  • 14:24 you need to decide to participate in the Sanctuary
  • 14:27 like these psalmists are doing.
  • 14:29 In fact, these songs were sung as they
  • 14:32 made their way to church, if you will.
  • 14:34 And by the way, as you enter into God's place
  • 14:37 you'll discover God afresh
  • 14:39 as the Word of the Lord is opened up,
  • 14:41 as the songs are sung,
  • 14:43 many of these psalms in fact.
  • 14:45 Beyond that you'll discover other like minded people.
  • 14:48 And with them, and I want you to hear me,
  • 14:50 with them you can continue along life's journey
  • 14:55 as you go on your pilgrimage.
  • 14:59 Truth is we're all making a journey
  • 15:01 from the womb to the tomb,
  • 15:03 and it's helpful to be surrounded by like minded travelers.
  • 15:09 Well I hope you're a little chided by that,
  • 15:12 a little pressed by that.
  • 15:13 I'm not the least bit afraid to nudge you a little bit,
  • 15:18 hoping that it's the Lord that's nudging you some.
  • 15:21 As I sign off on the series I want to thank you for watching it.
  • 15:24 If you haven't seen all of it, by all means acquire it.
  • 15:28 When people buy these programs it helps us pay our bills.
  • 15:31 Beyond that you can always go on line
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  • 15:37 That's not a good way to make money
  • 15:39 to offer to sell it to and then tell you it's free,
  • 15:41 but hey, listen, biblical truth,
  • 15:43 we don't want to put a price tag on it,
  • 15:44 but we do need to pay our bills.
  • 15:46 Hey listen, thank you so much for going with us on the journey,
  • 15:49 for watching Zola Levitt Presents
  • 15:51 and the Psalms of Ascent in this case.
  • 15:52 As you go now, Sha'a'lu Shalom Yerushalayim
  • 15:56 Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.
  • 16:03 ♪ On that Holy Mountain in Jerusalem ♪
  • 16:07 ♪ Take thy son, thy son, thy only son ♪
  • 16:11 ♪ Slay him there and tell the world Jerusalem ♪
  • 16:15 ♪ of thy faith, thy faith, that it is done. ♪
  • 16:19 ♪ For it is done, we have a Son, ♪
  • 16:23 ♪ The Blessed One, His Only Son. ♪
  • 16:27 ♪ Believe on Him, and it is done, ♪
  • 16:31 ♪ And always pray Sha'alu Shalom . ♪
  • 16:35 ♪ Music Interlude ♪
  • 16:42Sha'alu Shalom Yerushalayim , ♪
  • 16:46Sha'alu Sha'alu Shalom
  • 16:50 ♪ For the Holy City of Jerusalem ♪
  • 16:57 ♪ We will pray for peace ♪
  • 17:00Sha'alu Shalom
  • 17:08Shalom ! ♪♪
  • 17:10 Sha'alu Shalom Yerushalayim .
  • 17:12 Good job!
  • 17:14 You sang that Zola song well.
  • 17:16 Thank you so much.
  • 17:16 Lots of words.
  • 17:18 We really do pray for Jerusalem,
  • 17:19 every day with so much going on there right now,
  • 17:21 and especially with our "little" boy who lives there now.
  • 17:24 Our 23 year old little boy that lives there.
  • 17:26 Plus we have a lot of friends, loved ones
  • 17:28 that are in Jerusalem now.
  • 17:30 So, Sha'a'lu Shalom Yerushalayim,
  • 17:32 praying for Jerusalem.
  • 17:34 And the peace of Jerusalem is important to us.
  • 17:37 Someone that is on our team as a regular now,
  • 17:39 Chaim Malespin and his family also live in Israel.
  • 17:42 We asked Chaim recently
  • 17:44 What is something that you're thankful for?
  • 17:51 I just want to say
  • 17:53 thank you to God right now.
  • 17:54 Do you know He doesn't think like us?
  • 17:56 He thinks like a farmer.
  • 17:58 He doesn't just plant a seed you know?
  • 17:59 He cultivates that seed
  • 18:01 and He makes sure that the harvest will happen.
  • 18:03 And I'm so excited to say
  • 18:05 that we're seeing the Harvest happen here in Israel.
  • 18:08 I mean, in a physical sense you have the Isaiah 35.
  • 18:10 The wilderness, the dry desolate place will
  • 18:13 blossom as a rose.
  • 18:14 That is happening even in the deserts.
  • 18:16 But what about the harvest of His Word?
  • 18:20 You know? What about the harvest that He
  • 18:22 promised would happen, of His Word?
  • 18:24 You know, I'm sure Jeremiah is dancing right now
  • 18:27 in heaven.
  • 18:28 I'm sure Isaiah is so excited that we the gardeners,
  • 18:31 we the stewards of His Words,
  • 18:34 are able to harvest.
  • 18:35 And you know He's entrusted us with
  • 18:37 the seed of understanding
  • 18:38 of His heart for the restoration of Israel.
  • 18:40 How are we going to handle that thing?
  • 18:43 How are we going to act now that we are holding
  • 18:46 such a beautiful thing.
  • 18:54 Chaim, thank you so much.
  • 18:55 We're so honored and thankful
  • 18:57 that you are part of the Zola Levitt team.
  • 18:58 We love your insight every week.
  • 19:01 Stay tuned friends, there's much more coming up.
  • 19:05 Our offer on this program,
  • 19:07 The CD, "I Call You Friend"
  • 19:09 by Marty Goetz.
  • 19:11 A beautiful compilation of Psalms set to music.
  • 19:14 Peaceful, soothing,
  • 19:16 it will transport you into areas of worship
  • 19:19 that are beyond your expectations.
  • 19:22 We're honored to have Marty with us during
  • 19:24 this special series of programs
  • 19:26 on the book of Psalms.
  • 19:27 And we know that you'll find this CD to be a blessing.
  • 19:30 Call 1-800-WONDERS
  • 19:32 and ask for Marty Goetz' CD
  • 19:35 "I Call you Friend"
  • 19:39 Zola Levitt Presents is more than just a television program.
  • 19:43 There are many ways to connect with us on social media.
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  • 20:25 Now let's go to Israel for our weekly Hebrew Lesson.
  • 20:34 Shalom Havarim !
  • 20:36 We're here in the City of Jerusalem
  • 20:38 talking about the Names of God.
  • 20:40 One of my favorite Names is Adonai Rophe
  • 20:44 which means, "God is my Healer".
  • 20:47 Now the word " Rophe " comes from the word "doctor" in Hebrew
  • 20:50 which is Ropha .
  • 20:52 And as we call out on the Name of the Lord
  • 20:55 in times of sickness, in time of need,
  • 20:58 we can declare that powerful statement.
  • 21:00 " Adonai Rophe ", "God is my Healer".
  • 21:04 In Isaiah Chapter 53 it says that Messiah
  • 21:07 took upon Him all of our pain and all of our affliction,
  • 21:11 and by His stripes we are healed.
  • 21:14 So when my kids aren't feeling well,
  • 21:16 or when my kids are sick,
  • 21:17 we lay our hands upon them and we pray and we declare,
  • 21:21 Adonai Rophe , God is my Healer.
  • 21:25 As we go forth this week
  • 21:28 in any situation you can declare and worship
  • 21:31 that God is a God that heals.
  • 21:34 Adonai Rophe .
  • 21:37 Sarah thank you so much.
  • 21:38 Again, we're honored to have you on our team.
  • 21:41 You've been bringing Hebrew Names of God
  • 21:44 to us through this whole series.
  • 21:45 She's great.
  • 21:46 Ready?
  • 21:47 Here we go.
  • 21:48 Let me say this too.
  • 21:49 Yes?
  • 21:50 This is a word for all of us today.
  • 21:51 Adonai Rophe
  • 21:53 Adonai Rophe
  • 21:54 He is our Healer.
  • 21:55 He is, that's a good way to end this series.
  • 21:58 We always love having Dr. Jeffrey Seif with us.
  • 22:02 I know you know him.
  • 22:04 So great to have you here with us today.
  • 22:06 Hey guys, gals, great to be here.
  • 22:08 Thank you for having me.
  • 22:10 You look good.
  • 22:11 Bless your heart.
  • 22:12 We've been watching you for 8 weeks, 8 years ago and
  • 22:14 you haven't aged a bit.
  • 22:16 You are just so sweet.
  • 22:17 You are so welcome.
  • 22:19 You know, I'm 62 but I'm running
  • 22:21 and lifting some weights
  • 22:23 and trying to not just let it all get away from me.
  • 22:25 You look good.
  • 22:26 Well thank you, thank you.
  • 22:28 We've loved your teaching in this series.
  • 22:30 Has it changed at all since 2010?
  • 22:33 Well, I hope so.
  • 22:35 Not to say, 8 years ago that was a real loser.
  • 22:38 But I hope we get deeper in the things that we do.
  • 22:40 It's like working out.
  • 22:41 Your building, and you know,
  • 22:43 the muscle groups get bigger,
  • 22:45 not that I'm Mr. Olympia or whatever.
  • 22:47 But, I'll tell ya the reason why
  • 22:48 I wanted to do the Psalms initially
  • 22:50 and Ken Berg, our Producer,
  • 22:52 and Mark Levitt got on board with it
  • 22:54 is cause I realized that when people
  • 22:57 are discombobulated in life, disoriented,
  • 22:59 people go to the Psalms in the morning.
  • 23:01 It's just the best read Book in the Bible.
  • 23:04 Because, they hear someone being honest and earnest
  • 23:07 about their life circumstances,
  • 23:09 and they transcend those circumstances
  • 23:11 and look up to God.
  • 23:13 And by reading and experiencing them do it,
  • 23:16 it enables the reader to do it as well.
  • 23:19 And I kind of felt the Lord tugging me that direction,
  • 23:24 to do the series for that reason.
  • 23:26 But subsequent to it you know I wrote
  • 23:28 a book on the Psalms with Paul Wilbur, a Messianic Artist,
  • 23:32 and Glen Blank, a scholar.
  • 23:34 We did a commentary, not that I'm trying to sell my own books.
  • 23:37 Since this time.
  • 23:38 Since then, but to me it was the beginning
  • 23:40 of a journey where I developed more of
  • 23:43 an appreciation for the Psalms.
  • 23:45 I taught a University course on the Psalms
  • 23:48 and wrote a book on the Psalms.
  • 23:49 I just think...
  • 23:51 And I think why it was important for a guy like me,
  • 23:54 cause I'm an intellectual, I'm a professor.
  • 23:56 For me it's all about the head.
  • 23:58 Psalms is so much about the heart.
  • 24:00 And I've learned to appreciate more
  • 24:02 the heart over the head.
  • 24:04 Right, I love reading the Psalms,
  • 24:06 but I also love singing the Psalms,
  • 24:08 and put it to music.
  • 24:09 Yes, and you do it well.
  • 24:11 Now we're kind of getting into your world.
  • 24:12 If I tried to sing I'd scare the Holy Spirit out of the room.
  • 24:15 But there's a reason why this stuff is put to Psalms.
  • 24:17 This is Israel's old hymnal by the way.
  • 24:20 There were various levitical choirs that had developed, and
  • 24:24 this was their stuff.
  • 24:26 Thank you and we don't have more time.
  • 24:28 We'll have you back.
  • 24:29 I'll come.
  • 24:31 Thank you so much for joining us today.
  • 24:33 It's been great, thank you so much.
  • 24:34 And we hope you've enjoyed this great series.
  • 24:37 We've had Chaim Malespin with us,
  • 24:38 Sarah Liberman.
  • 24:40 Who else?
  • 24:40 Eitan Shishkoff
  • 24:42 and Marty Goetz.
  • 24:43 And we get to hear one more song from Marty.
  • 24:46 It's a wonderful way to end this whole series.
  • 24:48 Here's Marty Goetz with "Benediction".
  • 24:51 Sha'alu Shalom Yerushalayim
  • 24:52 Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.
  • 25:08 ♪ And now to Him who is able to do ♪
  • 25:18 ♪ To do exceedingly, abundantly above ♪
  • 25:25 ♪ All we can ask, all we can think, ♪
  • 25:34 ♪ All of the Glory be to You who are able to do, ♪
  • 25:51 ♪ To do exceedingly, abundantly above ♪
  • 25:58 ♪ All we can hope, all we can dream ♪
  • 26:07 ♪ All of the Glory be to You ♪
  • 26:30 ♪ All we can ask, all we can think, ♪
  • 26:38 ♪ All we can hope or dream ♪
  • 26:44 ♪ All Glory be to You ♪
  • 26:55 ♪ All of the Glory ♪
  • 27:02 ♪ Be to You. ♪
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Episodes in this series

  1. Psalms 120 & 121
  2. Psalms 122 & 123
  3. Psalms 124 & 125
  4. Psalms 126 & 127
  5. Psalms 128 & 129
  6. Psalms 130 & 131
  7. Psalms 132 & 133
  8. Psalms 134

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