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I will give thanks to Yahweh with my whole heart, *
in the assembly of the upright, in the congregation.
2 Great are the deeds of Yahweh! *
they are studied by all who delight in them.
3 His work is full of majesty and splendor, *
and his righteousness endures forever.
4 He makes his marvelous works to be remembered; *
Yahweh is gracious and full of compassion.
5 He gives food to those who fear him; *
he is ever mindful of his covenant.
6 He has shown his people the power of his works *
in giving them the lands of the nations.
7 The works of his hands are faithfulness and justice; *
all his commandments are sure.
8 They stand fast for ever and ever, *
because they are done in truth and equity.
9 He sent redemption to his people;
he commanded his covenant forever; *
holy and awesome is his Name.
10 The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom; *
those who act accordingly have a good understanding;
his praise endures forever.
This is the accompanying Psalm for the Track 1 Old Testament reading from First Kings, which will be read aloud in unison or sung by a cantor on the twelfth Sunday after Pentecost [Proper 15], Year B, according to the lectionary for the Episcopal Church. The First Kings focus is on David’s death and Solomon rising to power, asking for and receiving the gift of wisdom. This will precede a selection from Ephesians, where Paul wrote, “do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” All will accompany the Gospel reading from John, where Jesus said, “the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
In the translation presented above, one will note where I restored mistranslations that say “Lord” with the proper “Yahweh” [ in bold type]. It is vital that each and every child of God learn His proper name and become comfortable speaking that name, rather than be trained to always think of God as some distant and separate entity that one recognizes as a great power, albeit one to great to ever come to know personally. By calling Yahweh a “Lord” one subjects oneself to an unknown power. The call for God’s chosen people is to marry their souls to their God and take on His name after that marriage. As one’s Holy Husband, a wife [regardless of human gender] calls her Husband by His proper name, such that speaking the name Yahweh says one is in a personal relationship with a known God – Yahweh.
To see just how hidden is the name of Yahweh in these English translations that are commonly read aloud in churches of Christianity, the first word in this translation is a word as recognizable as is “Lord” – “Hallelujah.” In reality, the Hebrew written is two words: “hal·lū yāh,” which have the roots “halal” and “yah,” saying “to shine Yah” – with “Yah” the “proper name of the God of Israel.” That says, “praise Yah,” where “Yah” is the short version of Yahweh. Thus, the word “Hallelujah” is praising a specific God, the one named Yahweh; but few Christians understand that.
When “Hallelujah” is understood to mean “give praise to Yahweh,” the following statement says “Hallelujah” is more than some fluff added without cause. To follow a specific statement of giving praise to Yahweh, David then wrote, “I give thanks to Yahweh with my whole heart.” This clearly has David telling all the children of Yahweh to give praise to their Holy Husband, just as David thanked Yahweh by surrendering his “whole soul” [“leb” means “inner man”] in marriage to Yahweh. It says David not only praised Yahweh, he thanked Yahweh for overwhelming his soul.
When verse one then adds, “in the assembly of the upright, in the congregation,” this says all who do the same as David are the true children of Yahweh, as all will be alike in their souls being married to Yahweh’s Spirit, so all live righteous lives [“the upright”] and all gather together as the “congregation” of Yahweh’s wives – Saints.
Here, it is important to realize how Jesus said the first most important commandment was “to love God with all one’s heart, all one’s mind, and with all one’s soul.” That confirms what David knew, as he also followed the Laws of Moses. All of Israel [a name that means “He Retains God”] must be married to Yahweh and all who retain Yahweh within their souls will praise and give thanks to that most holy union. The “assembly” [ not a “synagogue” but a “counsel” – from “sod”] is not Jewish and is not Christian. It is all whose souls have married Yahweh and submitted their souls to His Will. The proof of that marriage says one’s soul has become joined with the soul of Jesus, so that pair within one body of flesh [countless times over] means that flesh has been Anointed by Yahweh, thus is the rebirth of a Christ, as in the name of Jesus – which means “Yah Will Save.”
Verse two then states, “Great are the deeds of Yahweh!” This says the “works” of Yahweh are done by His wives, who are true Israelites, in whom Yahweh raises all to be “upright” and “righteous.” That is not simply some glow that one receives from marrying Yahweh, as if being the prettiest and the smartest is why Yahweh picked out some arm candy to show off to the world, like a lap dog that can do nothing but make a mess that needs to be cleaned daily. Righteousness means acting, which are the “works and deeds” of true faith.
When David then added, “they are studied by all who delight in them,” this says it is the acts of the righteous – those souls married to Yahweh’s Spirit – that brings in those lost sheep who want to also be able to act righteously. Those, of course, are the sinners who want to know “the Lord,” but never thought it was possible for lowlifes like themselves. Those need to be brought to desire marriage to Yahweh; and, they can only find the light shining on that path to redemption by those who possess the light of Christ in their souls. Their acts in the name of Yahweh is what brings others to “seek” [translated as “studied”] what their souls are missing.
Verse three then expands this concept of “deeds” and “works.” David sang, “His work is full of majesty and splendor, and his righteousness endures forever.” This says Yahweh is the one doing all the greatness of a soul’s actions. The four Gospels tell of the “works” and “deeds” of Jesus. Jesus performed miracles, which no one else could do. Jesus has been worshiped as a god, when Jesus routinely said he did the work of the Father, because he was in the Father and the Father was in him. Everything Jesus did was “Yahweh’s work,” done “full of majesty and splendor.” The promise of Jesus is, “You too can be redeemed and do greater works than I have done.” The meaning of the name “Jesus” is “Salvation,” which does not come by believing in Jesus, but by marrying “Yahweh.” Doing the “works” of Yahweh will bring one eternal life in the spiritual realm.
Verse four says “to be remembered” [from “zê·ḵer”], which the NRSV does not translate as such. This says it is most important to keep in mind that no human being is capable of doing any of the “works” or “deeds” of true “righteousness” – no miracles performed – without all honor and glory being given to Yahweh. Those are “his marvelous works” [“lə·nip̄·lə·’ō·ṯāw”] and all “gracious and compassionate” acts [as the miracles of curing are] are the acts of Yahweh alone. This is the truth behind the translation that says, “He makes his marvelous works to be remembered; Yahweh is gracious and full of compassion.”
Verse five then sings, “He gives food to those who fear him; he is ever mindful of his covenant.” In this, the Hebrew word “tereph” [from “ṭe·rep̄”] has been translated as “food,” when the full scope of meaning includes “prey” and “a leaf.” This should be seen as the treatment given to the sick and frail, who have become the “food” of predators, such that many illnesses [seen as from sins] are treated by medicinal concoctions based on the leaves of plants. The healings of Yahweh, through a saint, become the bread of life passed on by a medium, which are given to those who seek Yahweh through fear of having not pleased Him. These healings become transformative.
When one has been touched by Yahweh, through one who serves His Will as His ministers, the one who has then been fed spiritual food – the result of healing, as being “touched by an angel of Yahweh” – those will be “ever mindful” of the power of Yahweh [not the servant]. In that, the use of “ever mindful” [“yiz·kōrlə·‘ō·w·lām”] means the same as having become “upright.” The soul has become promised “everlasting life,” such as that promise takes over one’s body of flesh, leading it to always be lawful in one’s actions. Still, the “covenant” is less about remembering the laws of Moses, but understanding those laws are one’s marriage vows that join a soul to His Spirit. Being fed healing not only cleanses one’s soul of sins, but also writes the laws of the Covenant on the walls of one’s inner man [i.e.: soul].
Verse six then sings, “He has shown his people the power of his works in giving them the lands of the nations.” This says Yahweh’s proof is known through those whom He possesses divinely. This is not a nation of people, as the Jews mistakenly believe, because all the nations who thought that way failed miserably and turned to ruin. Yahweh shows His power through those whose souls have married His Spirit, giving birth to the power that is a Christ in human flesh. They are all Sons of man [regardless of human gender], who go in search of seekers of the truth. The element of “giving them the lands of the nations” means ministry throughout the world, in all nations. However, this is not an organizational pursuit, but individual [sent in pairs of pairs – individuals both married to Yahweh], as no religious industry can ever display the power of Yahweh.
Verse seven then sings, “The works of his hands are faithfulness and justice; all his commandments are sure.” Here, the key words of importance are “verity” [“emeth”] and “judgment” [“mishpat”], meaning “truth” is the power of all works and “judgment” is one’s own, based on the “faith” produced by the truth. Faith can never be the result of reading or hearing of good things, as that is only the first step towards belief. One’s soul judges what is true, based on personal experience. By testing the truth and finding “all his commandments are sure,” then one knows from having walked the walk that the truth is indeed true. It has been proved by “the works of His hands” in the hands of sinners redeemed.
Verse eight then sings, “They stand fast for ever and ever, because they are done in truth and equity,” which echoes how faith is found through personal experience. Words of promise are spoken by ministers sent into the world; all souls married to Yahweh [Saints]. The presence of Yahweh’s Spirit in their being, the uprightness in their acts, touches a seeker and this touch drives them to test the truth as such. The result of those acts of testing is the truth is found just and one seeking has found righteousness, through soul’s marriage to Yahweh. That divine spiritual marriage is what becomes eternal life.
Verse nine then sings, “He sent redemption to his people; he commanded his covenant forever; holy and awesome is his Name.” Whenever one hears David singing about “his name” [“šə·mōw”], this is a statement of marriage. A wife takes on the name of her husband. Likewise, a soul takes on the name of its Husband, Yahweh. The element of “redemption” [“pə·ḏūṯ”], where the true root word “peduth” means “ransom,” says a life of sin was headed towards utter failure, but then was saved. The use of “his name” means “Jesus” become appropriate upon redemption, as it means “Yah[weh] Will Save.” The marriage vows [“his covenant”] are forever, as the truth of “until death do we part” means death has been erased by the gift of eternal life. There will never be a parting, once a soul has united with Yahweh’s Spirit.
Verse ten then sings, “The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom; those who act accordingly have a good understanding; his praise endures forever.” It is in this verse that one can see a connection to the First Kings companionship that tells of Solomon being granted wisdom. Solomon broke the covenants by burning incense in the tabernacle, which says he did not fear the punishment of Yahweh. It was not a marriage of his soul to Yahweh that granted him wisdom. Solomon married a demonic spirit of the world, which granted him the powers of the tree of knowledge of good and evil – the spirit of the serpent. Where David’s words are translated as “good understanding” [from “sekel twob”], this is the fruit of the tree of life, where no knowledge of evil needs to cloud one’s mind. Only good comes from the fruit of the tree of life – the fruit that is Jesus – the bread of life. The food from the tree of life last forever, whereas the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil banishes one from the eternal realm, condemning one to death and reincarnation.
As a companion song to that story of young Solomon falling prey to the lures of Satan, the lesson must be seen as Solomon was not a soul married to Yahweh, as his father David was. When the saying goes, “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” Solomon was the fruit of a fallen David. Young David and young Solomon are night and day opposites. The lust for knowledge, where multiple college degrees allows one to earn higher salaries and become empowered over more and more people is the sin of selfishness. Solomon would belittle those who did not seek wisdom as their goddess. David sang out, “Praise Yahweh! I give thanks to Yahweh for His marrying my soul completely.”