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The secrets of the Psalms : miraculous meanings in the Bible's most inspiring book
Archibald, Chestina Mitchell.
Berkley trade paperback edition.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Berkley Books, 1999.
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xiv, 319 pages ; 20 cm
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"Includes the complete Book of Psalms"--Cover.
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BS1430.3 .A73 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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For centuries, spiritual seekers have used the Psalms--songs of joy, praise, and meditation on life's trials--as a way to gain the support of the Almighty Spirit. The Secrets of the Psalms explores this age-old tradition in a unique way by highlighting selections from the Psalms that apply directly to the readers deepest concerns--health, happiness, wealth, spiritual growth, family and friends. It also includes the entire Book of Psalms--making it easier to explore the wonder of the complete work. Reverend Chestina Mitchell Archibald brings to light the miraculous meanings of this ancient book, helping the reader to find peace of mind. This marvelous book gives us tools for meditating on--and solving--everyday concerns involving:* Family and friends * Health * Safety * Work * Home * Spirituality * Illness * Fear * Violence * Hostility * Weakness * Physical, emotional, and spiritual healing * Wealth * Helping others * Buying a house * Finances * Meeting challenges * Taking tests * Finding employment

Author Notes

Reverend Chestina Mitchell Archibald is a nationally renowned minister and educator. Having served as Chaplain-in-Residence at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, for more than a decade, she now pastors Braden United Methodist Church and is director of the Wesley foundation at Fisk. A former member of the editorial board for Gospel Today magazine and a writer for the National Baptist Publishing Board, she is the author of Say Amen!: The African-American Family's Book of Prayers and the co-editor of Divine Inspirations .

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Publisher's Weekly Review

For centuries, spiritual seekers have used the Psalms (songs of joy, praise and meditation on life's trials) as a way of soliciting divine guidance. Archibald, a minister, educator and author of Say Amen: The African-American Family's Book of Prayers, here explores the age-old tradition in a fresh way by highlighting selections from the Psalms that speak directly to personal concerns such as health, happiness, wealth, spiritual growth, stress, suffering, relationships and emotional and spiritual healing. The author emphasizes a total trust in God as the means to conquering fear and achieving happiness ("God will keep you in perfect peace if you remember to keep your mind on God," she contends, citing relevant passages from the Psalms). Archibald has compiled a serviceable devotional book whose thematic organization will save the reader valuable time in locating specific verses. This is a pleasantly written tool for reflection on everyday problems and concerns. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved



Chapter One Psalms for Blessings * * * For Blessing Newlyweds M arriage is an honorable estate instituted by God. You should not enter into it unadvisedly, but reverently, discreetly, and in the fear of God. If you love one another and let God's love be perfected in both of you, your union will not only be pleasing to God, but will also serve as a sanctuary for you and your family. If you are contemplating marriage, read verses 6-9 of Psalm 28. God will graciously bless you and yours. PSALM 28 Verses 6-9 6 Blessed be the Lord, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications. 7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. 8 The Lord is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed. 9 Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever. For Blessing Parents W hen you become a parent you become a cocreator with God. If you walk with integrity, your children will be blessed with your name and your name shall be remembered throughout many generations. When you teach your children to exalt God, you are doubly blessed. Parents can be blessed by reading verses 16 and 17 of Psalm 45. PSALM 45 Verses 16-17 16 Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth. 17 I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever. For Blessing a Newborn T he gift of life comes only by the omnipotence of God. A newborn child manifests the glory, majesty, and providence of God. Many psalms describe a creator who is a faithful God, but verse 3 of Psalm 127 and verse 9 of Psalm 113, read constantly, are sure to bless a newborn. PSALM 127 Verse 3 3 Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. PSALM 113 Verse 9 9 He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord. For Blessing a Child A child should be taught early to seek the Lord, and the child will grow in wisdom as he grows in age. The child will one day be able to say: "When I was a child, I spoke like a child; I thought like a child; I reasoned like a child; When I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways." (I Corinthians 13:11). Always commit your child to God's care. Discipline your child. Live an exemplary life before your child. Ask God for a spirit of love and compassion. Then read verse 11 of Psalm 34 and verse 10 of Psalm 27. PSALM 34 Verse 11 11 Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord. PSALM 27 Verse 10 10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up. For Blessing Family Members     G od has given you a heart to know him. You will never be satisfied or able to experience true joy until you have an intimate relationship with God. God has a purpose for your life, and God has placed you among people who can help you bring that purpose to fruition. Family members have a special connectedness--they are gifts to one another. But sometimes family members forget to fulfill God's plan. To remain steadfast in your responsibility toward your family, and to help others remain steadfast as well, read Psalm 68:5 and 9; Psalm 32:1-2; and Psalm 146:1, 3, and 5. PSALM 68 Verses 5, 9 5 A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation. 9 Thou, O God, didst send a plentiful rain, whereby thou didst confirm thine inheritance, when it was weary. PSALM 32 Verses 1-2 1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. PSALM 146 Verses 1,3,5 1 Praise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul. 3 Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. 5 Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God. For Blessing Friends J esus said that there is no greater love than the love of one who will lay down his life for a friend. If you are a true friend, surely you are concerned about the welfare of your friends and wish blessings for them as well as for yourself. As friends interact they help each other climb spiritual ladders--to be kind, loving, wise, compassionate, and knowing. True friends are rare and should be cherished as precious jewels. When desiring blessings for friends read verses 97:1, 11-12. PSALM 97 Verses 1, 11-12 1 The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof. 11 Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. 12 Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. For Blessing One's Business Colleagues     C olleagues in business are similar to friends. However, the relationship often goes through more strenuous tests. If your partner deals with a slack hand, it may affect your livelihood and your reputation. A colleague's diligence increases your profits. Because of this close association, it is a good thing to desire blessings for your business colleagues. Read Psalm 107:23-24 to obtain your desired result. PSALM 107 Verses 23-24 23 They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; 24 These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep. For Blessing One's Work I f you are faithful over little jobs, God will elevate you to greater responsibilities. The Lord will reward you for what you have done. The Lord will bless. Continue to serve the Lord with gladness. Seek to do the will of Jehovah. Be obedient to God's instructions. God desires you to serve him. If you do this, you shall see your work finished, and your family shall eat and rejoice in the fruits of your labor. Read Psalm 8: 3-7, and you will labor not in vain. PSALM 8 Verses 3-7 3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; 4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? 5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. 6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet; 7 All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; For Blessing One's Home T hrough wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established; And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches" (Proverbs 24:3-4). Your home is blessed when God is the head of it. When God's presence is acknowledged in a house, inhabitants of that house love each other as God has commanded, and that house becomes a home. Proverbs lists three properties that make a house a home: knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. Read constantly verse 1 of Psalm 127 and have a blessed home. PSALM 127 Verse 1 1 Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. For Blessing One's Church T he church is God's house. It is a place set aside for persons to worship God, our creator. It is a place to give thanks to God in great congregations and to praise God even as "two or three gather together." (Matthew 18:20) But a church building cannot embrace the fullness of God for heaven is God's throne and earth is God's footstool. No house can be built for Him. The real church, then, is the fellowship of people. God's desire is that people will come together on God's Holy Hill that he might make them joyous. To bless your church read Psalm 35:18, Psalm 122:1-2, 6, and 9, and Psalm 24:3-7. PSALM 35 Verse 18 18 I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people. PSALM 122 Verses 1-2, 6, 9 1 I was glad when thy said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord. 2 Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem. 6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. 9 Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek thy good. PSALM 24 Verses 3-7 3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? 4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. 5 He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. 6 This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah. 7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. For an Abundant Harvest T o have an abundant harvest, seek the Lord and sow seeds in abundance. Eventually you will reap the fruits of your labor. Malachi 3:10 states, "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, ... I will pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." No good thing will God withhold for them that diligently seek him. Great is God's goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear God. To reap an abundant harvest in every way, read Psalm 65:4, 9-12. PSALM 65 Verses 4, 9-12 4 Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple. 9 Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it. 10 Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly: thou settlest the furrows thereof: thou makest it soft with showers: thou blessest the springing thereof. 11 Thou crownest the year with thy goodness: and the little hills rejoice on every side. 12 They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side. Copyright © 1999 The Philip Lief Group and Chestina M. Archibald. All rights reserved.