357 results for author: Mark Hathaway


365 – Psalm 31 – A Chart

As I was reading through Psalm thirty-one, I noticed a particular pattern. I didn’t study the pattern exhaustively but what I did observe served as a good introductory look into this powerful Psalm. We’ll take a peek after some initial observations. This particular Psalm, written by David, was added to the official collection during his lifetime. As the title reveals, the King wrote this twenty-four-verse song with the expectation the official choir would sing it. Obviously, ancient Hebrew music, and particularly the Psalms, were written with a very different structure from our songs of today. At its most basic level, a typical English song ...

364 – Psalm 30 – Forever?

Last time we only got through verse three of Psalm thirty. It might seem strange, but I want to continue our study by first looking at the last verse of this worshipful Psalm. Psalm 30:12 (LSB) 12 That my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Yahweh my God, I will give thanks to You forever. The first observation we should probably make is that verse twelve starts in the middle of a sentence. Don’t let the capitalized first word “That” deceive you into assuming the beginning of a sentence. It’s only capitalized because it starts the verse. Personally, I think that’s a poor decision by the publisher. Here’s the ...

363 – Psalm 30 – Healed?

Psalm 30:2 (NKJV)            2       O YHWH my God, I cried out to You,     And You healed me. Do you ever scrutinize what you read in Scripture? Psalm 30:2 seems straightforward enough, but David said something very interesting, and if I’m being honest, a little difficult to believe. I mean “Really David? You needed healing and all you did was call out to YHWH and He healed you? Aren’t you exaggerating?” I wish I could ask David about this. I mean, maybe he’s not exaggerating. After all, He is recounting the event to YHWH. I would think David had sense enough not to exaggerate when conversing with YHWH. A...

362 – Psalm 30 – Dedication

Psalm 30:title (NKJV)  A Psalm. A Song At the Dedication of the House of David.   It would be my guess that most of us did not have a dedication ceremony when we moved into our houses. Maybe you had a few Christian friends come over and “pray over” your new dwelling, but did you have musicians and singers perform a commissioned work? Well King David did.    1 Chronicles 15:1 (NKJV)  1 David built houses for himself in the City of David; and he prepared a place for the ark of God, and pitched a tent for it.    The above verse tells us David built “houses” plural for himself. Was it one of these ...

361 – Psalm 29 – Strength and Peace

I have a heavy heart as I write. I found out this weekend a very precious woman of God I knew went to be with Yahweh. Her life was cut short by cancer. She left behind a loving husband, children, and grandchildren. I was not aware she had been sick so the news came as a complete shock to me. It was a jarring reminder to me how truly fragile and brief our lives are. It’s interesting because all of mankind knows of the inevitability of death and yet it comes as such a shock to us when someone close to us crosses over into eternity. I believe that’s because we were designed for life, not death! Death is an intrusion that entered our world through ...

360 Psalm 29 – Yahweh’s Voice

I mentioned last time that David used God’s name Yahweh eighteen times in the eleven verses of Psalm nineteen. Though that is significant in and of itself, there is more to be said about how David used the Holy name. In the first three occurrences, David is commanding the “Sons of the Mighty ones” to “give unto Yahweh…”. In the fourth occurrence of the name, David commands, “Worship Yahweh…”. Verse three starts a group of “the voice of Yahweh…” statements. What does David tell us about the voice of Yahweh? The voice of Yahweh is over the waters (verse 3) The voice of Yahweh is powerful (verse 4) The voice of ...

359 – Psalm 29 – Glory and Strength

There are eleven verses in Psalm twenty-nine. The Psalm’s title declares King David the author but gives us no additional information. The text does not reveal what events presented themselves in David’s life when he put pen to parchment. Interestingly, David uses God’s actual, personal name eighteen times in these eleven verses. Verse six is the only verse where the name Yahweh does not appear at least once. However, Yahweh is still the subject of the verse as the use of the word “He” indicates, which is the pronoun for the antecedent “Yahweh”. This Psalm is indisputably about Yahweh and yet it is not a prayer. As a matter of ...

358 – Psalm 28 – Blessed be Yahweh

Today I’ll be quoting from the Legacy Standard Bible specifically because they transliterate the name Yahweh instead of substituting it with the word LORD. In studying Psalm twenty-eight, I find it fascinating that David begins his prayer asking Yahweh to help him, but, in contrast, at the end of the nine verses he asks Yahweh to help Yahweh’s “anointed”, “His people”, and “His inheritance”. It would seem as David was talking to God his confidence in Him grew and his perspective changed. It was no longer about David, but about Yahweh and His people. In verse four David petitions Yahweh to punish the wicked for their crimes ...

357 – Psalm 28 – David’s Rock

Psalm 28:1 - 3 (NKJV)       28:title       A Psalm of David.            1       To You I will cry, O [LORD] my Rock: Do not be silent to me,     Lest, if You are silent to me,     I become like those who go down to the pit.            2       Hear the voice of my supplications     When I cry to You,     When I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary.            3       Do not take me away with the wicked     And with the workers of iniquity,     Who speak peace to their neighbors,     But evil is in their hearts.   I am ...

356 – Psalm 27 – Verse to remember

Last time we took a look at how David processed through his circumstances in prayer and fellowship with YHWH. We paid particular attention to how prayer adjusted David's perspective of his situation. David seems to have settled his confidence in his redeemer because he moves from asking YHWH for help, to asking YHWH to “teach” him His (YHWH's) ways. Psalm 27:10–14 (NKJV)  11 Teach me Your way, O [YHWH], And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies. 12 Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries; For false witnesses have risen against me, And such as breathe out violence. 13 I would have lost heart, unless I ...