347 results for author: Mark Hathaway


355 – Psalm 27 – The Process

Psalm 27:6-7 (NKJV)            6       And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me;     Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle;     I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to [YHWH].            7       Hear, O [YHWH], when I cry with my voice!     Have mercy also upon me, and answer me. You’ll notice verse six begins with the word “and, signaling us to look back to the previous verse to see what is being connected. The last sentence in verse five says, “He shall set me high upon a rock.“ If you go on a hunt to discover the antecedent for the ...

354 – Psalm 27 – Confidence

(Missles over temple mount) Too many modern-day preachers believe something needs to be done to make the word of God relevant for today. Ironically, it’s those very preachers who have never learned to study the Holy Scriptures and therefore don’t preach them. Out of their pulpits come nice “community friendly”  messages with a pinch of Bible verses here and there to flavor what they want to say. Look at what the Apostle Paul told Timothy. 2 Timothy 4:2-5 (NKJV)            2       Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.        ...

353 – Psalm 27 – My Salvation

Last time we looked at what it meant that YHWH was David’s light. This time I’d like to start by looking at what it means that YHWH is “my salvation”. For the believer in Jesus Christ, if we assume YHWH is Jesus, we may jump to the conclusion that David is referring to eternal salvation, but would we be correct?   Psalm 27:1 (NKJV)     1       [YHWH] is my light and my salvation;     Whom shall I fear?     [YHWH] is the strength of my life;     Of whom shall I be afraid?   Let’s start by looking up the Hebrew word for salvation David used in verse one.      יֶשַׁע yesha ...

352 – Psalm 27 – My Light

Psalm 27:1-2 (NKJV)      27:title       A Psalm of David.            1       [YHWH] is my light and my salvation;     Whom shall I fear?     [YHWH] is the strength of my life;     Of whom shall I be afraid?   Let’s spend a few minutes considering Psalm twenty-seven. We know from the title that King David wrote it. We also know that this psalm was added to the official collection during David’s lifetime by its number. Not every psalm written by David was added to the “Book” while he was alive. Psalms one through forty-one are considered Davidic because each Hebrew poem set to music ...

351 – Psalm 26 – We dont talk like that

Even though I know better, I still fall into the trap of reading right over the top of words in the Bible when I should be paying attention to them. Even though we don’t talk like that, because it’s the Bible I just keep racing along. Kudos to me! I’ve read the word, but never mind that I didn’t understand what I read. I probably got “something” out of it anyway. Hopefully, I’m the only one in the world who has ever had an encounter like that, but I suspect otherwise. Oddly enough, there is a verse in the Psalm we are studying I could easily read over, but let’s pause and reflect on it instead. I read Psalm 26:8 a few times ...

350 – Psalm 26 – The Bridge

Unless I miscounted, David uses God’s proper name YHWH six times in the twelve verses of Psalm twenty-six. He knows God personally, prays to him often, and shares those prayers with the people of his earthly domain in the form of songs. In this powerful little prayer put to music and forever recorded in YHWH’s Holy word David asks Him for seven very specific things. Vindicate me (vs. 1) Examine me (vs. 2) Prove me (vs. 2) Try my mind and heart (vs. 2) Do not gather my soul with sinners (vs. 9) Redeem me (vs. 11) Be merciful to me (vs. 11) Psalm 26:1 (NKJV)            1       Vindicate me, O ...

349 – Psalm 25 – Master Wordsmith

Psalm 25:16-22 (NKJV)            16       Turn Yourself to me, and have mercy on me,     For I am desolate and afflicted.            17       The troubles of my heart have enlarged;     Bring me out of my distresses!            18       Look on my affliction and my pain,     And forgive all my sins.            19       Consider my enemies, for they are many;     And they hate me with cruel hatred.            20       Keep my soul, and deliver me;     Let me not be ashamed, for I put my trust in You.            21   ...

348 Psalm 25 – Real Fear

Last time we ended with verse twelve. I’ve repeated it here because it introduces verses thirteen through fifteen.    Psalm 25:12-15 (NKJV) 12       Who is the man that fears [YHWH]?     Him shall He teach in the way He chooses.            13       He himself shall dwell in prosperity,     And his descendants shall inherit the earth.            14       The secret of [YHWH] is with those who fear Him,     And He will show them His covenant.            15       My eyes are ever toward [YHWH],     For He shall pluck my feet out of the net.   There ...

347 – Psalm 25 – Leader, Teacher, Guide

I have a quick question or two. How much time, excluding church on Sunday, do you spend reading the word of God each week? My next question is how much time do you spend studying the word of God per week? Listening to sermons or teachings doesn’t count. I want to know how much time you set aside for yourself to dig into the scriptures. I’m not trying to shame you, I just want to bring the discussion into focus.  I suspect that for most of us, the amount of time we spend reading and studying the Holy Bible in a week is embarrassingly low. Why is that? Two possible “reasons” instantly pop into my mind and maybe yours too. The first ...

346 – Psalm 25 – Remember and Forget?

Psalm 25:6-7 (NKJV)            6       Remember, O [YHWH], Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindnesses,     For they are from of old.            7       Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions;     According to Your mercy remember me,     For Your goodness’ sake, O [YHWH]. You may “remember” one of the things to observe in the Bible study method Observation, Interpretation, Application (OIA) is to note repeating words or phrases in the passage being studied. The word “remember” appears three times in verses six and seven of Psalm twenty-five. I find it ...