Monthly Archives: October 2013

Proverbs 11:24-26, 30 — Being a pipeline of God’s grace

We’ve already touched on Proverbs 11, but I wanted to take a closer look at a few of those verses one more time. This passage is about the joy that comes from giving.  How when people give, it leads to … Continue reading

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Proverbs 11 — Looking ahead

If there is one theme that is repeated throughout this chapter, it’s the importance of looking ahead to the consequences of our actions. So many people in this world don’t.  I was watching part of a sports documentary called “Broke.”  … Continue reading

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Proverbs 10 — What kind of name do you have?

Shakespeare once asked, “What’s in a name?”  Quite a lot actually. Solomon wrote, The memory of the righteous will be a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.  (7) When people hear the name Hitler, for example, there … Continue reading

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Proverbs 9 — Wisdom: A willingness to change

Some people mistake God’s love and acceptance of us with a license to sin.  They think, “God accepts me anyway, so why change?  Why not live the way I want?” But in this passage, we see that a wise person … Continue reading

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Proverbs 8 — Interpreting God’s word correctly

Sometimes people get into trouble as they interpret the Bible simply because they really don’t know how to interpret it correctly.  One of the big mistakes people make is when they bring two passages together that have no connection to … Continue reading

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Proverbs 7 — Easy pickings

Recently, my daughter had a sports festival at her nursery school.  One of the “sports” was running down to a place where she would “fish” for a gift.  She lowered her little fishing pole, and a person there attached the … Continue reading

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Proverbs 6:20-35 — Captivated by sin

It’s amazing how often we see adulterous relationships portrayed on TV nowadays.  Nobody even blinks at it.  And yet, one wonders why people never learn from it.  Even on TV, most times there are negative consequences that come from these … Continue reading

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Proverbs 6:12-19 — Acting as God’s children, or as the devil’s?

In this passage, Solomon talks about the “scoundrel,” or as the NASB puts it the “worthless person.”  In other words, a man of no use to man or God because they live only for themselves and place themselves under no … Continue reading

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Proverbs 6:1-11 — Being secure financially

I’m definitely not one to talk about how to improve your finances.  My family’s doing okay, but we’re definitely not rolling in green or anything, so I feel a little weird talking about financial matters.  But Solomon does, so here … Continue reading

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Proverbs 5 — Delighting in your wife (and husband)

This is one of several long passages warning against adultery in the book of Proverbs. In this world, people have lost sight of what marriage is about, and largely because of that, what sex is all about. Marriage is about … Continue reading

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Proverbs 4:10-27 — Watching our step

“Watch your step.” Whenever we’re in a precarious situation, people always warn us to be careful.  And in this world there are numerous pitfalls that can bring us down. So David warned his son Solomon about the pitfalls in life, … Continue reading

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Proverbs 4:1-9 — Esteeming wisdom

In this passage, Solomon recalls the words his father David told him when he was a boy, words, that apparently left in a deep impression on him.  David told him, Lay hold of my words with all your heart; keep … Continue reading

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Proverbs 3 — Love and faithfulness

Love and faithfulness.  Two things that are sorely lacking in this world.  It’s the reason why relationships, and particularly marriages fall apart in this world. Solomon writes in verses 3-4, Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around … Continue reading

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Proverbs 2 — Softening our hearts

In my last post, I noted the dangers of hardening our hearts toward God and his wisdom.  But in this chapter, it talks about what happens when we soften our hearts. Solomon writes, My son, if you accept my words … Continue reading

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Proverbs 1:20-33 — When we reject wisdom

In this passage, we see the dangers of rejecting God’s wisdom and clinging to our own ways. As I look at this passage, it makes me think of Noah.  For 120 years before the flood came, he preached to the … Continue reading

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Proverbs 1:8-19 — Where we get our counsel

Way back when I was in high school, I heard a song called, “Who to listen to.”  And it said, You’ve got to know who to, who not to listen to. They’re gonna hit you from all sides, Gotta make … Continue reading

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Proverbs 1:1-7 — Where wisdom begins

As we start through Proverbs, I must admit to a little uncertainty in how to present this book.  There are a broad variety of themes within Proverbs, even within the chapters themselves.  I briefly considered organizing this book by themes, … Continue reading

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Psalm 150 — Let everything that has breath…

And so we reach the final psalm in the book of Psalms.  And it closes with the most appropriate phrase. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.  (6) Where is he to be praised?  In his sanctuary, both here … Continue reading

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Psalm 149 — A time to sing, a time to fight

I must admit that upon first reading, this psalm can be a bit disturbing, particularly from verses 6 on. It is a psalm that first calls on God’s people to praise him.  To rejoice in him because he is our … Continue reading

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Psalm 148 — A call to worship

There’s a song by Tommy Walker that I love called “All the Saints Join in” which is basically Psalm 148 set to modern music. The psalm and song are essentially a call to all creation to praise its Creator.  From … Continue reading

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Psalm 147 — When we put our trust in him

In Psalm 146, we see a God who is worthy of our trust.  In this psalm, we see the results of trusting in him. As I mentioned in the blog on Psalm 146, for years, the Israelites had rebelled against … Continue reading

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Psalm 146 — The God who is trustworthy

So many times in this life, people let us down.  We look to them to help us and support us, but they leave us hung out to dry. And so the psalmist here writes, Do not put your trust in … Continue reading

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Psalm 145 — Our infinite, personal God

I was reading a book by Paul Miller this morning called A Praying Life.  I highly recommend it. In one chapter, he emphasizes two things about God.  He emphasizes his infiniteness, but also just how personal he is to us.  … Continue reading

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Psalm 144 — The God who brings us victory

This psalm was likely written just before a battle that David was facing.  And it’s interesting to me that he begins it with praise. Most times when we face a difficult battle or situation, we usually start by asking for … Continue reading

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Psalm 143 — Where we turn

Where do we turn when things are against us?  When people are against us?  It’s a question that David had to ask himself numerous times. He could have, as so many people do, turned to himself.  To his wisdom, to … Continue reading

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Psalm 142 — Pouring out our hearts before God

I’ve already written one post concerning Psalm 142, but it was in combination with another psalm, so I decided to give it its own post. Here we see David in one the caves he spent his time hiding in during … Continue reading

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Psalm 141– Lead me not into temptation…

As Psalm 140 was a prayer similar to our Lord’s in asking for deliverance from evil, Psalm 141 continues that theme and adds the other part of that verse in the Lord’s prayer. Lead us not into temptation.  (Matthew 6:13) … Continue reading

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Psalm 140 — Deliver me from evil

And so we come down to the homestretch for the book of Psalms.  It’s taken about 4 months to get this far, and we have just under two more weeks to complete it. Anyway, as I look at this psalm, … Continue reading

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Psalm 139 — The God who knows and loves me

This is one of the most famous psalms, and probably the favorite of many along with Psalm 23.  Why are these two psalms so beloved?  Probably because they show the loving care of God Actually this psalm could either be … Continue reading

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Psalm 138 — The God who fulfills his purpose in me

After the depressing nature of Psalm 137, this psalm is quite refreshing.  Why?  I suppose it’s because the focus is back where it should be:  on God. When David composed this psalm is uncertain, but I suppose it’s possible he … Continue reading

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Psalm 137 — Dwelling in self-pity

This is one of the more depressing psalms in the book, a lament apparently written during the Babylonian captivity. It pictures the psalmist sitting by the rivers of Babylon, harp in hand, but so depressed by the fall of Jerusalem … Continue reading

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