Jul 26th 15
Psalms 40 and 41 are both considered Messianic Psalms due to the references of the betrayal of Jesus and his sacrificial death. David began by recalling God’s rescue from previous troubles.
40:1-5 I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the...
Jul 25th 15
Trust & Delight in the LORD for our Days are Numbered
In this wisdom psalm— another Hebrew alphabetic acrostic—David encourages trust in God.
37:3 Trust in the LORD and do good.
37:4 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires.
Another translation of verse four happens to be the “Dd” verse in my book, an Alphabet of Promises. Like this psalm, this...
Jul 17th 15
Praising God for Who He is and What He’s Done
David sang Psalm 18 on the day the LORD rescued him from Saul and the rest of his enemies.
18:1-3 I love you, LORD; you are my strength.
The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. I called on the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and...
Jul 15th 15
All Aspects of Life can be an Extension of Worship
David felt abandoned by God. The extent of his misery is reflected in the repetition of his questions related to the apparent slowness of God to act on David’s behalf.
13:1-2 O LORD, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way? How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day?...
Jul 14th 15
God Keeps His Promises
Closely tied to the previous Psalm, the lament continues in the Hebrew as an alphabetic acrostic describing the deeds of the wicked and ending with confidence the LORD will punish them.
10:2-3 The wicked arrogantly hunt down the poor…. For they brag about their evil desires; they praise the greedy and curse the LORD.
10:4 The wicked are too proud to seek God. They seem to think...
Jul 5th 15
Job Lamented Loss
In anguish Job lamented over his loss of honor. He was not even allowed to suffer with dignity because young people, even outcasts opposed and mocked him.
30:9-10 “And now they mock me with vulgar songs! They taunt me! They despise me and won’t come near me, except to spit in my face.
30:12-15 These outcasts oppose me to my face. They send me...
Jul 4th 15
Revere God to be Wise & Avoid Evil to have Understanding
Job delivered a profoundly beautiful teaching revealing the source of wisdom and understanding.
28:1–3 “People know where to mine silver and how to refine gold. They know where to dig iron from the earth and how to smelt copper from rock. They know how to shine light in the darkness and explore the farthest regions of the...
Jun 24th 15
Face Adversity Fully Devoted to God
1:1-2 There once was a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless—a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil. He had seven sons and three daughters.
Job was probably a contemporary with the patriarch Abraham. To this point in his life experience, he epitomized the conception God blesses...
Jun 17th 15
Revival Comes as People Fully Surrender to God
After the wall was finished Nehemiah gave positions of leadership to men of integrity, placing his brother as governor of Jerusalem and another as commander of the fortress,
7:2 … for he was a faithful man who feared God more than most.
There were few people within the spacious city because their homes had not been rebuilt.
7:5 So my God gave...
Jun 16th 15
The Wall is Completed
As the Jews united to rebuild the wall, the Samarian official Sanballat and Tobiah the Ammonite became angry—mocking and ridiculing the Jews. In the face of opposition, Nehemiah’s response was to pray.
4:4 “Hear us, our God, for we are being mocked. May their scoffing fall back on their own heads, and may they themselves become captives in a foreign land! Do...