A Song for Saturday

Psalm 92

An EasyEnglish Translation with Notes (about 1200 word vocabulary) on Psalm 92

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Jesus said, "Thank you, Father". (Matthew 11:25)

Psalm 92

  (This) psalm (is a) song (to sing) on Saturday.

v1   It is good to tell the *LORD that he is great,
  and to make music to your name, Most High (God).

v2   (It is good) to talk about your kind love in the morning.
  And (to talk) every night (about) how you do what you have promised.

v3   (It is good) to make music with *lutes and *harps.
  And (it is good) to sing with the *lyre.

v4   Because, *LORD, the things that you have done make me so happy.
  I want to tell you that you are great
  because of the things that your hands have made!

v5   *LORD, how great are the things that you have done!
  Your thoughts are (often) hard to understand!

v6   (Only) a silly man would not know this
  and (only) a fool would not understand it.

v7   That:
    if bad people grow as grass
    and all the very bad people grow as weeds
  (you) will destroy them and they will never (grow) again.

v8   But you, *LORD, will always be the Most High!

v9   Because your enemies, *LORD, your enemies will certainly die.
  You will chase all the people that do bad things to different places.

v10   You have made me very strong, as strong as a big wild animal.
  (You did this when) you poured fresh oil over me.

v11   Mine eyes have seen (you) beat mine enemies.
  Mine ears have heard you beat the bad people that attack me.

v12   *Righteous people will grow as well as a *palm-tree.
  They will grow as the *cedars in Lebanon.

v13   They are as (trees that someone) planted in the house of the *LORD.
  They grow really well (near) the *temple of our God.

v14   When they are old, they will still give fruit!
  They will always be fresh and green.

v15   They will show (everyone) that the *LORD is good.
  He is my rock. There is nothing bad in him.

The Story of Psalm 92

The Jews (people that were born from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their children) had a story that Adam sang this song the day after God made him. The Jews called that day the Sabbath, the 7th day. We call it Saturday. Really, we do not know who the person was that wrote Psalm 92. We call the person that wrote a psalm the psalmist. Maybe it was after God had done something good for his people Judah or Israel. Many Bible students think that it was when King Cyrus of Persia beat King Belshazzar of Babylon. Cyrus then sent the Jews home to their own country. For 70 years, the Babylonians had made them live in Babylon. Now they were free!

The Meaning of Psalm 92

Study the psalm in 5 parts:

    Verses 1 - 3 say that it is good to tell the *LORD that he is great and to use music to do it.

    Verses 4 - 6 say that God has done something good. You would have to be silly not to see it.

    Verses 7 - 9 tell us that even if the enemy is strong, God will destroy them.

    Verses 10 - 11 tell us that God has made the *psalmist very strong. And also that God has destroyed his enemies.

    Verses 12 - 15 tell us that all *righteous people will be strong.

Verses 1 3: In this part there are two words for God and three words for things that make music. We call these things "musical instruments". They are the lute, harp and lyre. The psalm calls God "LORD" and "Most High". "LORD" means that he is always alive. "Most High" means that he is more important than anyone else is. In verse 2, "do what you have promised" suggests that God has done something good.

Verses 4 6: Now the *psalmist says that God has done something good. The *psalmist is now very happy. Only a silly man would not see what God has done. What God thinks is often hard to understand. Only fools would not agree that grass and weeds grow everywhere.

Verses 7 9: Grass and weeds grow everywhere! So do bad people. But God will destroy them and they will never come back again. Really, they destroy themselves, as Hosea 13:9 tells us. It says, "You have destroyed yourselves (yourselves means more than one yourself)".

Verses 10 11: Here Bible students think that the *psalmist was a leader of the people. If he wrote the psalm before Babylon beat the *Jews, then that leader was the king.

They made people king by pouring special oil over them. We are not sure what the wild animal was. Maybe it was a wild ox. An ox is a kind of cow.

Verses 12 15: Now the *psalmist talks about righteous people. Righteous is a word that means "very, very good". Only God is really righteous. But God makes people that love him righteous too. It does not mean that they are good. It means that they love God and want to obey him. They will not be as grass and weeds that do not live long, verse 7. Instead, they are as trees. They are as palm trees that produce fruit called "dates"; and as the cedar tree which lives for centuries. "The temple of our God" in verse 13 is the same as "the house of the *LORD". It was a special building where the people went to meet God.

Something to do

1.  Count how many times me, my or mine come in the psalm.

2.  How many times does "*LORD" come in the psalm?

3.  If you have a Bible, read Ezekiel 18.

4.  Learn to say Psalm 92:8 by heart. (This means without looking at the words.)

 

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This publication is written in EasyEnglish Level A (1200 words).

June 2002

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