287 results for author: Mark Hathaway


294 – Psalm 13 – Introduction

If I were to ask you if you noticed the picture I selected for this week's devotional post most of you would probably respond, “yep, it’s a rose!” without having to look at it again and you’d be correct. Maybe some of you would say, “it’s a flower”, which is still correct but not very specific. Would you remember what the picture is tomorrow, next week, or next month? if I asked you to describe it to me with as much detail as possible could you do that without taking another look at it? Could you describe it in great detail without studying it and maybe even referring back to it several times? As you might have guessed, what I’m ...

293 – Psalm 12 – Yahweh speaks

In Psalm 12:1-4 David calls on Yahweh for help. He cites the fact that godly men have ceased. The men that have replaced the godly, have with clever speech, oppressed their neighbors. Interestingly, David records for us what Yahweh Elohim (God) has to say about it.   Psalm 12:5-8 (NKJV)            5       “For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy,     Now I will arise,” says [Yahweh];     “I will set him in the safety for which he yearns.”            6       The words of [Yahweh] are pure words,     Like silver tried in a furnace of earth,     Pu...

292 – Psalm 12 – Intro

Psalm 12:1-4 (NKJV)            1       Help, [Yahweh], for the godly man ceases!     For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men.            2       They speak idly everyone with his neighbor;     With flattering lips and a double heart they speak.            3       May Yahweh cut off all flattering lips,     And the tongue that speaks proud things,            4       Who have said,     “With our tongue we will prevail;     Our lips are our own;     Who is lord over us?”   We know from this Psalm’s title that ...

291 – Psalm 11 – coals of fire

There are just two verses we haven’t considered in Psalm eleven. Let’s take a look at Psalm 11:6-7. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, it would be best if you would read all of Psalm eleven for context. There are only seven short verses. I know I’ve talked about this before, but it bears repeating. There tends to be a modern-day concept that God was one way in the Old Testament but is entirely different in the New Testament and following. It is sometimes thought that God was harsh before Christ, but now that Christ walked on the earth as the God-Man, died on the cross, rose from the grave, and ascended to Heaven, God is just a ...

290 – Psalm 11 – Trial by fire

There are only seven short verses in Psalm eleven, but it’s packed with truth. Please read the whole Psalm. I’d like us to consider verses four and five.    Psalm 11:4-5 (NKJV)            4       [Yahweh] is in His holy temple,     [Yahweh’s] throne is in heaven;     His eyes behold,     His eyelids test the sons of men.            5       [Yahweh] tests the righteous,     But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.   The first thing to notice when considering these two verses together is three of the five times the name Yahweh is used are ...

289 – Psalm 11 – The Throne

Psalm 11:2 (NKJV)            2       For look! The wicked bend their bow,     They make ready their arrow on the string,     That they may shoot secretly at the upright in heart. In reading through this beautiful seven-verse Psalm I counted three actors, the Psalmist represented by the pronoun “I”, the wicked, and Yahweh. We talked about it some last time, but it bears mentioning again that before David gives any other details he declares he put his trust in Yahweh. What an excellent way to start a conversation. No matter what follows, I have put my trust in Yahweh!  The Psalmist records for us what the ...

288 – Psalm 11 – Introduction

Sometimes the Holy Bible seems like a huge book. Technically it is a collection of sixty-six books. Thinking about sitting down to read it from cover to cover seems like such a daunting task. This is when many of us turn to a Bible-in-a-year plan to break it into more bite-sized chunks. We turn our Bible reading into a daily task list. We feel good about ourselves if we make it through our daily reading, and are disappointed if we miss a day. We try to catch up to where we should be but if we get too far behind we may abandon the plan altogether telling ourselves “I’ll start again in January”.   I would challenge us all to think about ...

287 – Psalm 10 – Half Full?

  It seems it is much more natural for us to focus on the negative and slight the positive in our lives. Sure, there are glass-half-full type people, but there are significantly more glass-half-empty people by far. As an example, I remember quite a few years ago hearing about a News Agency that felt there were enough negative events being reported on in the News World. They decided they would focus solely on the positive news items of the day. Sounded like a good idea to me, but It didn’t last. It turned out most people weren’t interested in such a concentrated dose of positive news! Applying the negative versus positive concept to modern...

286 – Psalm 10 – Wickedness

I noticed David spends significant time talking about the wicked in Psalm ten. Roughly half of the eighteen verses describe what the wicked person does and to whom he does it. Let’s continue our study starting in verse five. Psalm 10:5-7 (NKJV)            5       His ways are always prospering;     Your judgments are far above, out of his sight;     As for all his enemies, he sneers at them.            6       He has said in his heart, “I shall not be moved;     I shall never be in adversity.”            7       His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression...

285 – Psalm 10 – Introduction

I find it interesting that the psalm's title is "A song of confidence in God's Triumph Over evil". Yet the very first verse seems to express the exact opposite sentiment. I wonder, how many of us have had in our hearts the same question for God that we find in the very first word of the first verse, “why”? We want to believe that God is watching over us and that He has our best interests at heart. But then there are those times it just seems like He lets bad things happen to us or those we love. It is especially painful when we see people who don’t know Him, or who outright hate Him, prospering. Why don’t bad things happen to those wicked ...