Monthly Archives: June 2013

Psalm 36:5-12 — The goodness of God

In the first half of this psalm, we saw the evil of mankind.  In the second half, we see the goodness of God. I love how David describes the character of God here. Your love, O LORD, reaches to the … Continue reading

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Psalm 36:1-4 — The evil of mankind

As I write this, a major story in the American sports world is the arrest of an NFL star named Aaron Hernandez.  Hernandez is charged with murder. It seems quite unreal to me.  I am by no means a New … Continue reading

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Psalm 35 — When people hate us

When I was a kid, I had a friend that I would often hang out with.  But by the time we hit junior high school, we had kind of drifted apart, and it soon became evident that he really didn’t … Continue reading

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Psalm 33 — The One worthy of our praise and our trust

I’ve noted this before, but if you’ve noticed that we’ve “skipped” Psalm 32, we really haven’t.  I wrote about a number of the psalms when going through the life of David, so if you’re interested, just do a quick search … Continue reading

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Psalm 31 — Placing ourselves in God’s hands

When David wrote this psalm is a matter of speculation, as are most of his psalms.  At a guess, it was written during his flight from Saul, and based on verse 21, perhaps after his flight from Keilah.  (I Samuel … Continue reading

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Psalm 30 — When God disciplines

Looking back, I really should have put this psalm back in the life of David.  I missed it somehow.  It has been conjectured that this psalm was written just after David’s sin in conducting a census of the people out … Continue reading

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Psalm 29 — The awesome God…who cares about you

Many people in Japan think I’m strange, but I love thunderstorms.  I love hearing the lightning flash and the thunder roar.  Of course, this is much cooler indoors, than out.  🙂 I was looking at the Amplified Bible today, and … Continue reading

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Psalm 28 — Crying out in times of trouble

Sometimes as we pray, it seems that God is slow in answering.  Or that perhaps he’s just ignoring us.  We see this here in this psalm.  David cries out, To you I call, O LORD my Rock; do not turn … Continue reading

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Psalm 27 — Waiting on God

It has been said that when we fear God, we need not fear anything else.  And we see this so clearly in this psalm. David starts by singing, The LORD is my light and my salvation – whom shall I … Continue reading

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Psalm 26 — Blameless, under God’s grace

This is another psalm where I wish I knew when David wrote it.  Did he write it during the time of his flight from Saul?  Or from Absalom?  Or did he write it at some other time in his life? … Continue reading

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Psalm 25 – Crying out for God

I often wish that we had a little more insight as to the background of the songs that David wrote.  Some of the psalms have the background written in the title.  This one, unfortunately, does not. But what strikes me … Continue reading

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Psalm 24 — Making way for the King

In the last psalm, we saw God as a loving shepherd.  Here we see him as king. On what basis does he claim that title?  That he is our creator.  David sang, The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in … Continue reading

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Psalm 23 — Our Shepherd

This is probably the most famous psalm in the book.  Probably because of the intimacy it displays between God and us.  In other psalms, we see God as king.  As judge.  As avenger.  As warrior.  But in this passage, we … Continue reading

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Psalm 22 — The God who understands suffering

Our pastor was continuing his message series on suffering yesterday, and he made an interesting point.  “Just because God doesn’t ‘cooperate’ with us, doesn’t mean he doesn’t exist.”  That is, just because God doesn’t answer our prayers the way we … Continue reading

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Psalm 21 — Remembering where victory and blessing come from

When things are going badly, our thoughts often quickly turn towards God.  But what about during times of victory and blessing?  Do our thoughts turn quickly in praise towards God?  Or do our thoughts turn towards ourselves, and how great … Continue reading

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Psalm 20 — The key to victory

It seems that David wrote this psalm on the eve of a battle.  And here, the people pray for God’s blessing on him as he and his army go out. May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; … Continue reading

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Psalm 19 — How God reveals himself

This is another one of my favorite psalms and it powerfully shows how God reveals himself to us. First, David shows us how God reveals himself through creation.   He sang, The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim … Continue reading

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Psalm 17 — To be like Him

As is often the case with David, he wrote this psalm when he was in trouble, and people were pursuing his life. One thing that strikes me about David is he refused to lower himself to the level of his … Continue reading

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Psalm 16 — The Path to Life

Everyone wants a life worth living.  That’s what David found, despite all his troubles, and in this psalm he shows us how to find the path to life. In short, the path to life is not primarily a way of … Continue reading

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Psalm 15 — A life of holiness

I once heard someone describe the word holiness as “wholeness.”  That when we live a holy life, that’s when we’re whole, because we’re living the way that God intended us to live. I mentioned yesterday how when people reject God, … Continue reading

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Psalm 14, 53 — When we reject God

Psalms 14 and 53 are nearly identical with a few changes here and there, so I’m grouping them together here. In these psalms, we see the results of people rejecting God in their lives.  Who say in their hearts, “There … Continue reading

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Psalm 13 — God…Where are you?

It’s very interesting, the timing of this psalm, if only for the reason that our church is starting a new message series today called “God…Where are you?” And that’s exactly the sentiment that David had in this psalm.  He wrote, How … Continue reading

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Psalm 12 — Who is master of your tongue?

In this passage, David laments the lack of godly, faithful men.  And the one area he focuses on is the tongues of those around him.  He said, Everyone lies to his neighbor; their flattering lips speak with deception.  May the … Continue reading

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Psalm 11 — Refusing to give in to fear

This passage reminds me somewhat of what happened to Nehemiah.  In an attempt to get the Jews to stop their work on the walls, their enemies bribed a priest to make Nehemiah think his life was in danger and to … Continue reading

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Psalm 10 — Abandoning ourselves to God

In this passage, we see again many of the questions of Job.  David cries out as Job did, Why do You stand afar off, O Lord?  Why do You hide Yourself in times of trouble?  (1) He then questions why … Continue reading

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Psalm 9 — The God who is just

If there is one theme in this passage, it’s God’s justice. David says of God, You have sat on your throne, judging righteously.  (4) And again, He will judge the world in righteousness; he will govern the peoples with justice.  … Continue reading

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Psalm 8 — Who am I?

Whenever I go back to Hawaii, I love to look at the stars at night.  You just can’t see them so clearly from where I live in Japan.  On a normal night, you might see two or three, if that … Continue reading

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Psalm 7 — Letting God be the judge

One thing that we generally see in David’s life is that he let God be the judge.  He rarely went out to take things into his own hands (the lone exception being when Abigail had to stop him from taking … Continue reading

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Psalm 6 — When suffering seems long

This psalm was written by David, but it could’ve just as easily been written by Job for all the sentiments it expresses. Like Job, David seemed to be suffering from some kind of physical illness and apparently, there was no … Continue reading

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Psalm 5 — Petitioning the King

This is probably one of my favorite psalms.  I still love to sing the old chorus that goes to the King James Version. Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation.  Hearken unto the voice of my cry, … Continue reading

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