Category Archives: Psalms

How Much Does He Know?

O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. -Psalm 139:1-5 (ESV)

I cannot help but be overwhelmed when I ponder the way God loves us. When I think about my life as it has been, the priorities I have chased that are so often contrary to God’s will for me, it is hard not to be overcome with amazement at His grace. Can you make the same claim? Does He know you as His own in Christ? Can you feel His hand on you? I hope you can say unreservedly yes! It is as simple to begin as it could be: acknowledge that He loves you and died for you on the Cross and ask Him to be Lord and Savior of your life. In prayer, ask God to guide you to a Bible-believing Church that teaches the Scripture. you will embark upon a new life beyond your wildest dreams as you get to know the God of the universe as your very own Father! What better Christmas present could anyone ever receive?

BACK TO PSALM 119!

I remember your name during the night, O Lord, and I will keep your law. This has been my practice, for I observe your precepts. The Lord is my source of security. I have determined to follow your instructions. -Ps. 119:55-57 (NET2)

Once again, back to one of my favorite Psalms! These verses stand out to me in particular right now, because I’ve been having some sleepless nights as I think about all of the things that are going on. I often get these bad nights when I am not focused on the LORD in prayer, meditation and the study of His word. Is the LORD your source of security? I hope that is the case.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. -Colossians 3:15 (NIV)

Psalm 119

Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. -Psalm 119:1-3

This sacred ode is a little Bible, the Scriptures condensed, a mass of Bibline, Holy Writ rewritten in holy emotions and actions. Blessed are they who can read and understand these saintly aphorisms; they shall find golden apples in this true Hesperides, and come to reckon that this Psalm, like the whole Scripture which it praises, is a pearl island, or, better still, a garden of sweet flowers. – C.H. Spurgeon

Matthew Henry – the great 18th-century Bible commentator – was introduced to Psalm 119 as a child. His father, Philip Henry, told his children to take one verse of Psalm 119 every morning to meditate on, and thereby go through the entire Psalm twice in the year. Philip said to his children, “That will bring you to be in love with all the rest of the Scriptures.” Perhaps that practice was why Matthew Henry loved the Bible so much that he wrote commentary that is used still today. (From David Guzik’s Commentary on Psalm 119).

C.S. Lewis compared Psalm 119 to a piece of embroidery, done stitch by stitch in the quiet hours for the love of the subject and for the delight in leisurely, disciplined craftsmanship.

Tonight begins the first in a series of studies we will have at our home on Psalm 119. I have been excited about doing this for a few months now and am looking forward to mining the precious gems that this longest chapter in the Bible contains!

Studies in the Psalms II

O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes! Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments. -Psalm 119:5-6

God’s precepts require careful obedience: there is no keeping them by accident. –C.H. Spurgeon. There are no “ifs, ands or buts” about it: God commands us to strive for holiness in our daily walk with Him. We are to keep his precepts (laws) diligently. Another word for “diligently” might be carefully. Great care must be taken to read, understand and apply God’s law in our lives as best we can. When we walk with Him, there is no room for fear.

Studies in the Psalms I

I think it is a good time to begin studies in the book of Psalms. One of my favorite books of the Bible, Psalms is a collection of songs written long ago by numerous authors under inspiration of the Holy Spirit. One of my favorite psalms is also the longest @ 176 verses: Psalm 119. We will be embarking on a study of that psalm in a couple of weeks at our Friday night Bible study and I, for one, am very much looking forward to it.

This sacred ode is a little Bible, the Scriptures condensed, a mass of Bibline, Holy Writ rewritten in holy emotions and actions. Blessed are they who can read and understand these saintly aphorisms; they shall find golden apples in this true Hesperides, and come to reckon that this Psalm, like the whole Scripture which it praises, is a pearl island, or, better still, a garden of sweet flowers. –Spurgeon

Let’s begin at the beginning of that Psalm: Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. –Psalm 119:1-4

Blessed are the undefiled in the way (perfect, blameless or sincere). I think sincere is a good way to render it, since we know none of us are perfect in this world, although we are before God – thanks to Jesus. Any perfection or purity that we have comes strictly by Divine Grace. God wants to share His blessedness with us. (See also Psalm 128:1).

It’s “all or nothing” with the Lord. We cannot serve both God and mammon (Matthew 6:24). How often can we say that we seek Him with our whole heart? Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God. -1 John 3:9 (NLT) We must make religion our rule, looking to God for wisdom and grace to do so. We must make the effort to live as people who love His law. As Christians, we love Jesus and should therefore wish to study His Word and aspire to keep the law as the best way to live. We should have no shame for making every effort to live as Christ would have us do. God’s precepts require careful obedience: there is no keeping them by accident. –C.H. Spurgeon. There are no ‘ifs, ands or buts’ about it: God commands us to strive for holiness in our daily walk with Him. We are to keep his precepts (laws) diligently. Another word for diligently (KJV) might be carefully. Great care must be taken to read, understand and apply God’s law in our lives as best we can.

Psalm 32.

1 Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

3 For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was dried up[b] as by the heat of summer. Selah

5 I acknowledged my sin to you,
and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah

6 Therefore let everyone who is godly
offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found;
surely in the rush of great waters,
they shall not reach him.
7 You are a hiding place for me;
you preserve me from trouble;
you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah

8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
9 Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
which must be curbed with bit and bridle,
or it will not stay near you.

10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.
11 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous,
and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

One of 7 penitential psalms, Psalm 32 is certainly closely related to Psalm 51, in which David looks to the LORD for forgiveness for his grievous sin with Bathsheba and the murder of Uriah. This in regard to psalm 32 from John MacArthur’s Study Bible (a favorite resource of mine): Life’s most important lessons about sin, confession, and forgiveness are skillfully shared by David…

For some reason, I have been hearing about Psalm 51 a lot lately: last Wednesday evening at mid-week Bible study/worship at my home Church, Sunday during Church again and also Monday evening at another Bible study at another Church! I am not complaining, it is something I need to be focused on in my daily walk with the LORD. In contemplating Psalm 51 (and also 32) this morning, I could not help but have a sense of remorse for my sins and also a sense of deep gratitude and love for the One who saved me from them. I seem to be growing closer to God each and every day in my walk with Him, and I pray I do not falter and stray from that path. There is a deep sense of serenity and satisfaction from feeling secure in His presence. Do you have that sense? If you feel Him calling you, now is the time to answer Him. This is the time when He may be found.

Lighting the way…

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -Psalm 119:105

I have heard it said that the answers to all of life’s questions may be found in the Bible. I don’t hear that claim being made about other books or programs– just the Bible. Some may make that claim, but I have found that the Bible backs it up with a proven track record. I have been through dark paths in my lifetime and the light of God’s Scripture has always managed to shed some light on the road as I journey closer to Him.