VOTD: Psalm 37.37

“Look at those who are honest and good, for a wonderful future awaits those who love peace.”

Psalm 37.37 NLT

So what does it mean to look at them?

#examples, #psalms, #votd

VOTD: Psalm 119.2

“How blessed are those who observe [God’s] rules, and seek him with all their heart” (NET).

Psalm 119 begins with two blessings. This is the second of the two. It pairs obedience to God’s commands and a full-hearted seeking of God. What few consider a blessing today is actually even more so in the new covenant of Christ. If it was a blessing under the old law, how much more so is it a blessing today.

#blessing, #obedience, #psalms, #seek-god

Psalm 119.86

So how the second line connect with the first?

All your commands are reliable.
I am pursued without reason. Help me! (NET)

And in what sense is a command reliable?

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When we opened our eyes this morning

empty-bedOne out of eight Americans die in their sleep. Surprisingly, one study found that people with sleep apnea are no more likely to do so than others. There’s a perception that the elderly die in their sleep more often than others. And, of course, there’s the dreaded Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

In the Bible, people died in war, from sickness, of old age, and from personal violence such as murder. Just like today. The first sin we have record of outside of Eden was premeditated murder. Many died as a direct result of sin — think of Nadab and Abihu, Korah, Achan, Ananias and Sapphira.

All death is a consequence of sin in the world. It was not a part of God’s original design. Continue reading

#corollaries, #death, #psalms, #urgency

‘The granddaddy of all laments:’ Psalm 88

By Sean Ashberry

The Bible is not casual about evil and suffering. The Bible in fact is brutally honest about pain, misfortune, and the challenge it presents to faith. The fact of suffering continues to stand as one of the greatest challenges to the Christian faith. Its distribution and degree seems random and unfair. People have always asked how one might reconcile this reality with God’s justice and his love. Those are fair questions. Continue reading

#prayer, #psalms, #suffering

The Bible declares—twice—that God is ‘deceptive’

We teach our children the prayer, “God is good, God is great.”  How about we include in that prayer, “God is deceptive”? The Bible declares it not once, but twice. Continue reading

#character-of-god, #faithfulness-of-god, #god, #psalms, #reward

On Psalm 1

Great, short read on Psalm 1 by a good Okie brother.

To whom will you listen? Who owns your attention? The wicked, sinners, and scoffers? Or “the law of the Lord”? That choice will determine whether life is anchored and fruitful or baseless and pointless. And ultimately whether we stand with the righteous or perish with the wicked. Don’t hurry past Psalm 1. Spend some time here. Think seriously and examine closely.

He has a good devotional site worth following.

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