David in the Wilderness: Psalm 63 (part 1)

“A psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah” (Psalm 63:1 {superscript in English Bibles})   It is always helpful when psalms contain superscripts, which can introduce for us the context and the historical setting of the psalm (remembering that in the Hebrew Bible, the superscripts are part of the inspired text).  […]

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The Decrees of God

The Divine Decrees of God[1] In general, we can begin by defining what we mean by a “decree” of God.  A decree reflects the definite plan of God; Wollebius[2] defined a decree as: “an internal act of the divine will, by which he determines from eternity, freely, and with absolute certainty, those matters which shall […]

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A Proverb in Song: part 15

“Man is in his splendor, yet he does not understand; he has become the same as beasts which are silenced.” (Psalm 49:21 {Psalm 49:20 in English Bibles})     The psalmist brings this parable in song to a close with these words.  Man in all his splendor—his creations, his art, his architecture, his music, his […]

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A Proverb in a Song, part 14

“For his soul will bless his life, and he will praise you when you are good to yourself; he will enter into the generation of his fathers, he will not see light eternally.” (Psalm 49:19-20 {Psalm 49:18-19 in English Bibles})   Darkness.  Darkness was over the face of the deep before God revealed his Shekinah […]

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A Proverb in a Song: part 13

“Do not fear that a man should gain riches, for the glory of his house becomes great, because he will not take any of it on his death, his glory will not go down after him.” (Psalm 49:17-18 {Psalm 16-17 in English Bibles})   You may feel that, after the psalmist has reached the climax […]

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