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 ...

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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.”    ...

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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 ...

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284 – Psalm 9 – Last look

In our study of Psalm 9, we come to the last two verses. You’ll notice I put brackets around “Yahweh”. I do this to point out that the word LORD supplied by the translators is actually a substitution for God’s Holy name. I personally would rather see when Yahweh appears in the text instead of the poor substitution, “LORD”. Otherwise, I make no other “adjustments” to the translation.   Psalm 9:19-20 (NKJV)            19       Arise, O [Yahweh],     Do not let man prevail;     Let the nations be judged in Your ...

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283 – Psalm 9 – poetry in motion

If you type “define psalm” in an internet search engine you will undoubtedly come across the exact definition I did, which is, “A sacred song; a hymn.” For the modern-day believer, however, it is not natural to think of the Psalms as actual songs. Why? Because we don’t sing them. A quick Logos Bible Software search yields this definition, מִזְמוֹר miz·môr accompanied song; worldly song; psalm. I think it is more natural for us to think of the Psalms as a book of prayers, but consider how the New Testament writers viewed the Psalms.  Colossi...

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282 – Psalm 9 – Eating the Elephant

Most of us know that a snake does not chew its food, but rather swallows it whole. It can take hours or days for the snake to completely swallow larger prey. Did you know that a snake’s digestive system runs almost the entire length of its body from the buccal cavity (essentially the mouth) all the way to the anus? Also, the digestive enzymes in a snake are so powerful that things like eggshells and bones are digested. Another interesting thing is it is often many days between feedings due to the prolonged digestive process. What praytell does any of this have to ...

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281 – Psalm 9 – Gracious Salvation

In the interest of context, it would be good for you to read all twenty verses of Psalm nine, then come back here to take a closer look at verses thirteen and fourteen. These two verses seem pretty straightforward and easy to understand. However, they are worthy of closer examination.   Psalm 9:13-14 (LEB)            13       Be gracious to me, O Yahweh.       See my suffering from those who hate me,       you who lift me up from the gates of death,             14       so that I may tell of all your ...

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280 – Psalm 9 – Let There Be Music

For this devotional, I decided to use the Lexham English Bible (LEB). As far as I can tell, It is a good solid translation. One thing I particularly like about it is that it does not substitute the word LORD for God’s name YHWH. The translators actually transliterate (spell in English) God’s Hebrew name to Yahweh. Another thing they do that is helpful to the English-speaking student of the Bible is they put left and right brackets around phrases and give an explanation for the translation decision they made. It would be hard to recommend the LEB as your main Bible ...

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279 – Psalm 9 – Yahweh Does

In continuing our study in Psalm 9 I’d like to consider the next five verses. First of all, I replaced “the LORD” with [Yahweh], because God’s name isn’t “the LORD”. The Hebrew says Yahweh so, in my opinion, the translations should too.  Psalm 9:7-11 (NKJV)           7       But [Yahweh] shall endure forever;     He has prepared His throne for judgment.            8       He shall judge the world in righteousness,     And He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness.          ...

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278 – Parable of the Talents – Outer Darkness

As with many Bible passages, the so-called Parable of the Talents has been misunderstood. Part of the problem is many modern-day believers have been taught to allegorize biblical text instead of applying literal interpretation methods. They too quickly assume that a given text must mean thus and thus, instead of taking the time to understand the textual and historical context of the passage. If we are studying the Bible carefully we should be able to uncover the truth the author is attempting to communicate, instead of deciding what we think it means.  The parable ...

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