Category Archives: Psalm

Escaping Sin’s Punishment

Escaping Sin’s Punishment

Why do some seem to not reap God’s judgment for their obvious sin?
In some instances it could be “for the sake of“ a righteous ancestor that Father withholds judgment from a person.

In 1Kings 11:12, God tells King Solomon that God is deferring the judgment that Solomon deserves for his idolatrous sin “for the sake of his father, David.”

Any temptation for smugness at having seemingly “avoided” the consequence of sin must be replaced by thankfulness to that generational “saint” in whose honor Father is holding open a “window for repentance.”

Conversely, I find it a wonderful opportunity and encouragement to walk in holiness and obedience before Father, even without knowing precisely what generational effect such intentional living may have. By faith I am sowing the seed that Father may use to defer judgment in my generational line. Just as I was a branch pulled from the eternal fire in my 43d year of life, so might other branches in future generations be pulled from the fire. Psalm 25:12-13 speaks of blessing flowing to the descendants of one who fears (obeys out of honor and reverence) the God of love.

“Thank you Father for Your forbearance in judging me—for pulling me as a burning branch from the flames. Thank you, my ancestor, for your righteous living, paving the way for my eternal inheritance.”

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A Psalm Of Sabbath Thanks

It’s been a long time since I posted to my blog. I have survived, with the Lord’s definite presence, several months of travail. I hope to be able to explore the experience, giving very real spiritual insight to the experience. But for now I’m submitting a poem from my forthcoming book, Poetic Insights of a Left Brained Octogenerian”. The editing and preparation for this book has been on hold for my sabbatical.

A Psalm of Sabbath Thanks
Written with the wonderful revelation of the blessing of Sabbath which begins Friday at sundown with the lighting of two candles.

Two small lights are kindled as darkness descends−
Your ancient promise of rest begins.
Cares from my soul will be dispelled−
As light pierces darkness—six day’s labor quelled.

Your seventh day—not punishment meant−
Not a burden—a holy sacrament.
Created by love—a commanded celebration
Sets man apart from all of creation.

Yeshua, Your Son, confirmed the plan—
The day was ordained for the good of man.
Before man was vexed by Satan’s deceit−
The day for his rest was made complete

Those two small lights hold such promise
Must I remain a doubting Thomas?
With thanksgiving I now joyfully enter−
Knowing rest will follow when keeping Sabbath center.

Kennedy Brown

A Psalm about a Lost Psalm

A Psalm about a Lost Psalm
May have been my best psalm you’ll never see

Yahweh, a psalm I was writing is lost.
I fear it’s been cyber space tossed.
And now I get my pride to measure−
For whom was I writing the poetic treasure?

I lament and search for the words now gone.
They’ve disappeared as snow from my lawn.
True, it’s the sun that aids this fact−
Perhaps there’s another in this klepto act.

Wash my heart from author’s pride.
Let me go forth in innocent stride.
I pray those words I previously penned
To You now reflect love−washed from sin.

As You once told me when a data crash−
You still knew every word−none were ash.
So, thank You again as I walk the fine line
Between heartfelt praise and pride sublime.

Kennedy Brown
Erev Shabbat, February 12, 2016

A Psalm’s Call to Embrace Yahweh’s Word

A Psalm’s Call to Embrace Yahweh’s Word
Prompted by Exodus 21:1-24:18–Parshat Mishpatim (Laws)

Yahweh, why are we so bent
On overlooking Your intent?
Your mishpatim first powerfully spoken
Are today disdained and recklessly broken.

Some thirty-five hundred years ago
Your radical words set the world aglow.
They became the foundation of Common Law
From which all Englishman sought to draw.

Most every statute on the books can trace
Its evolution to Mt. Sinai’s time and place.
But as Yeshua said, “Look to more than form−
“Let your spirit see the ‘Yahweh norm.’ ”

Master and servant rules still apply
To every worker under our sky−
The tools supplied by the Master remain
When the worker departs, not returning again.

Sorry to report, though, today, dear Father,
Six years of service seems of little bother.
Your Laws, which perhaps appear arcane,
Should be considered and honored again.

If the heart of each commandment we would embrace
Our old earth might well be a heavenly place.
Stir us, move us, our spirits engage
That again we devour your every page.

Kennedy Brown
Sabbath, February 6, 2016

For many years I walked with little regard for the instruction and commandments of Torah. Even having a knowledge of the scriptural genesis of U.S. and U.K. laws I could not appreciate the wisdom recorded under Yahweh’s unction by Moses those 3500 years ago. How many times did I interpret Yeshua’s extension of a Torah principle as a rejection of Torah rather than setting a tone for understanding and applying the Law. “Father, forgive me.” From a purely selfish standpoint I had been denying myself the counsel of Yahweh by which to conduct all of life’s relationships.

Forced by the constraints of the poetic form I have chosen I could not in this psalm fully develop today’s laws of master-servant relationship. The spirit of these laws is drawn from Torah. Judicially established over centuries as the Common Law of England and the United States, they have eventually been, in most cases, codified. Interestingly Common Law still applies where there is no statute covering a particular legal question,

I have very loosely described the law expressed in Exodus 21:1-6 concerning the Hebrew servant. The rule today states that the tools provided an employee do not become his when he leaves his employment. The Torah principle, however, is much more generous in recognizing six years of faithful service than are any of today’s employers that I know (including my own many years in that capacity)

My earnest endeavor is to have a heart understanding of the application of Torah principles in everyday relationships.

A Psalm from a Chosen One

A Psalm from a Chosen One
Prompted by Exodus 12, Deuteronomy 7:6 and Jeremiah 3:18

Of the second exodus many have spoken
The last travail of those You have chosen.
A repeat, it has been said,
Of the flight begun with unleavened bread.

Forever marked by annual remembrance
Of blood placed on the door’s circumference.
Not just any blood would do
It must be that of a lamb most true.

Your tenth, sovereign move, dear Father
Was a foretelling of Messiah’s ardor.
Yourself come in mortal flesh
Gave me life renewed, made fresh.

And so, I joined those blood bought ranks
Chosen forever−my eternal thanks.
But that journey of which first I spoke
Experiencing prophesied scenes of fire and smoke.

If I should be among the chosen train
To walk the path to millennial reign−
Then let me not into unbelief tumble;
Let me not along the way stumble.

Those bones of Your chosen, Egypt fleeing
Lie short of the Promised Land seeing.
Yahweh, please let me the lesson learn−
Your commandments and Torah to never spurn.

Kennedy Brown
Sabbath, January 16, 2016

Certainly parshat Bo (Ex 10:1-13:6) was the foundation for much of this psalm. However, the whole of Yahweh’s plan, from Creation to Completion, had to be touched upon to express my prayer and praise. I continue to be cautioned by the fact the generation leaving Egypt did not enter the prom-ised land. Then there is the question of the second or greater exodus which I am less able to scripturally confirm. To remain faithful to the entire word of Yahweh, I’m convinced, will equip me to face the twists and turns of the journey, whether I correctly discern them now or not. This, of course, is possible only because of my Blood bought relationship with Father pur-chased for me by Yeshua.