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Too Late for Me (first published October 19, 2016)

By Skip Moen, Ph.D. | Sep 24, 2021

Will You do wonders for the dead?  Will the shades arise and acclaim you?  Selah.  Psalm 88:11  (Robert Alter translation) Wonders – When is it too late?  When does the power of the Lord cease to be effective?  When you’re dead!  Death ends it.  As the Korahites sang, we can cry out to the Lord…

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Purpose-Driven?

By Skip Moen, Ph.D. | Sep 23, 2021

Will You perform wonders for the dead? Or will the departed spirits rise and praise You? Selah  Psalm 88:10  NASB Rise and praise – The Purpose Driven Life.  Remember that?  Rick Warren captured the spiritual need for meaning in a book that swept Christianity.  We all have a purpose—but it’s not about us.  It’s not about your good, your…

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For and Against

By Skip Moen, Ph.D. | Sep 22, 2021

My eye grows dim from misery; I have called upon You every day, Lord; I have spread out my hands to You.  Psalm 88:9  NASB Called upon – Internal contradiction!  Yes, Hebrew has a few words that mean exactly the opposite depending on the circumstances.  When an author takes advantage of this, his choice can mean either one—or both.  Perhaps…

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Cancelling Humanity

By Skip Moen, Ph.D. | Sep 21, 2021

You have removed my acquaintances far from me; You have made me an object of loathing to them; I am shut up and cannot go out.  Psalm 88:8  NASB An object of loathing – How do you effectively destroy what makes us human without killing the body?  Isolation!  There’s a very good reason why prisons employ isolation…

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Under His Thumb

By Skip Moen, Ph.D. | Sep 20, 2021

Your wrath has rested upon me, and You have afflicted me with all Your waves. Selah   Psalm 88:7  NASB Wrath – God is good, right?  Good all the time, right?  Then why do we resonate with the thought in this verse?  Why do we sometimes feel as if we’re under God’s thumb?  “Your wrath” is from the Hebrew…

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The Two-Directions Word

By Skip Moen, Ph.D. | Sep 19, 2021

You have put me in the lowest pit, in dark places, in the depths.  Psalm 88:6  NASB Put – The Hebrew verb šît comes with some very odd translation history.  Occurring eighty-five times in the Bible, it covers the range from commitment (“to set the heart on”) to enemy opposition (“set against me”).  It is also used for…

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Does God Forget?

By Skip Moen, Ph.D. | Sep 17, 2021

Abandoned among the dead, like the slain who lie in the grave, whom You no longer remember, and they are cut off from Your hand.  Psalm 88:5  NASB No longer remember – zākar.  What an important Hebrew verb!  Zākar means “to remember,” but the same consonants in noun form also mean “male.”  It seems to me that…

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Free At Last

By Skip Moen, Ph.D. | Sep 16, 2021

Abandoned among the dead, like the slain who lie in the grave, whom You no longer remember, and they are cut off from Your hand.  Psalm 88:5  NASB Abandoned – What an interesting choice of words!  Sometimes translated “forsaken,” the Hebrew root is the verb ḥāpaš.  Here it is ḥopšî, an adjective.  What’s interesting is the basic…

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The Necessity of Despair (December 7  2018)   

By Skip Moen, Ph.D. | Sep 15, 2021

I am reckoned among those who go down to the pit; I have become like a man without strength,  Psalm 88:4  NASB Down to the pit – “Modern man’s greatest fault, Kierkegaard maintains, is his total self-reliance.  It is his nineteenth-century delusion that he has progressed beyond his ancestors.  This conceit derives from egotism.  There is but…

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The Abundant Life  (December 19, 2017)

By Skip Moen, Ph.D. | Sep 14, 2021

For my soul has had enough troubles, and my life has drawn near to Sheol.  Psalm 88:3  NASB Has had enough – Is your life filled to the brim?  Oh, I didn’t ask if it is filled up with good things.  I just asked if you feel as if it is up to the top.  Yes, it’s true…

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