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;    ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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” ...

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345 – Psalm 25 – Waiting

In order for us to understand what we read in the Bible, it is important to recognize that we were not the original target audience. This concept is a very difficult one to communicate to people. Often their immediate response is a bit dismissive as they say, “Yeah, but God had me in mind when He wrote the Bible”. The “yeah, but” phrase gives the idea of an original Biblical audience the brush off. Unless we practice studying the Bible we want to take what we read and immediately apply it to us today without even understanding the message or the context in ...

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344 – Psalm 25 – Notice the Words?

As I was studying I was struck by how many repeating words or phrases can be identified in the twenty-two verses of Psalm twenty-five. Top of the list is the proper name of God, “Yahweh” which occurs ten times. In contrast, the generic but lofty reference “God” is only used three times. The word “ashamed” is used four times, three of which are used in verses two and three. The word “teach” or “teaches” appears five times. And it goes on and on. Maybe we’ll get a chance to discuss some of these as we work our way through this power-packed passage...

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343 – Psalm 24 – Part 3

Psalm 24:7-10 (NKJV)            7       Lift up your heads, O you gates!     And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!     And the King of glory shall come in.            8       Who is this King of glory?     [YHWH] strong and mighty,     [YHWH] mighty in battle.            9       Lift up your heads, O you gates!     Lift up, you everlasting doors!     And the King of glory shall come in.            10       Who is this King of glory?     [YHWH] of ...

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342 – Psalm 24 – Part 2

Psalm 24:3-6 (LEB)            3       Who may ascend the mountain of Yahweh?       And who may stand in his holy place?             4       He who is innocent of hands and pure of heart,       who does not lift up his soul to falseness,       and does not swear deceitfully.             5       He will receive blessing from Yahweh,       and justice from the God of his salvation.             6       Such is the sort of those who seek him,       those who ...

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341 – Psalm 24 – Part 1

The title of Psalm twenty-four is simply, “A Psalm of David”. All that tells us is who authored it. Unlike other Psalms, David has written it doesn’t seem a specific event occasioned this one. He wasn’t running from Saul and wasn’t in a current conflict threatening his life. Makes me kind of wonder if David was simply spending time in worship and bubbling up from the bottom of his heart this Hebrew song appeared on his lips. We will never know for sure. In this ten-verse Psalm the name YHWH (the LORD) appears six times. This is important because David is ...

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340 – Psalm 23 – Rod and Staff

I don’t know what your encounters with the word of God are like. I wonder if they are like mine. Maybe not every time, but often when I read or study a familiar passage I am surprised to notice something I’ve never noticed before. Is it like that for you? That very thing has been happening to me as I’ve studied Psalm twenty-three this time. I suppose it could be because I plan to write about it my focus is a little sharper. Even though you may have seen them right off, I want to share a couple of my new observations with you today. But first, broken record ...

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