Agony

“Trembling seized them; labor pains like giving birth.” (Psalm 48:7 {verse 6 in English}) In our society today, how rarely we take seriously the idea of being under God’s judgment. We make jokes about it, there are movies that celebrate it, and people write books suggesting that if anything, Hell would be more fun than… Read More

To God be the Glory!

“And my God will fill your every need according to his abundance in glory in Christ Jesus. And to our God and Father be glory from the ages to the ages, amen!” (Philippians 4:19-20) Amen. May God get the glory for all things, may he reveal his glory in all things, and may he be… Read More

That Which is Worthy of Praise

“The last thing, brothers, is that whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is upright, whatever is holy, whatever is lovely, whatever is praiseworthy, if there is virtue and if there is praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8) Whatever is worthy of praise…it is upon this that we should set our minds. Indeed, there… Read More

Anxiety is not Good for the Believer

“Do not be anxious, but in everything, with prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6) Are we to suggest that God does not know our needs before we “make them known”? Certainly not! Jesus says that our Father in heaven knows our needs even before we ask… Read More

Finding Joy

“Rejoice in the Lord at all times; again I say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4) Here we have one of the most quoted verses from this letter. And there is no surprise as to why this is such a beloved statement. Yet how often we find ourselves deserting these words and pursuing our own sources of joy.… Read More

Surpassing Value

“I rather count all things as forfeit because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus, my Lord. Because of him, I count all things as waste in order that I might gain Christ.” (Philippians 3:8) Often, when reading comments that people make on this verse, they begin with the notion of sku/balon (skubalon), which… Read More

Remembering You

“I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you.” (Philippians 1:3) Our experience, C.S. Lewis wrote, does not end with the event that causes the experience, but the experience works on us, matures within us, and grows into something beautiful as we reflect on and remember the original event. Biblically, remembrance of the… Read More

Grace and Peace to you…

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:2) When you greet others who are Christians, how do you greet them? Do you have a sincere wish for them that God would give them grace and peace or do you greet them begrudgingly, perhaps because of something that… Read More

Rejoicing in Yahweh’s Divine Actions

“For you make me rejoice constantly, Yahweh, in your divine action; in the works of your hands, I continually exult.” (Psalm 92:5 [verse 4 in English])   The question that we must raise is whether or not we can really say, with the psalmist that we rejoice and exult in the works of God. On… Read More

God Gets the Glory…Great Things He Has Done

“And Abram and Nachor took to themselves wives. The name of the wife of Abram was Saray and the name of the wife of Nachor was Milkah — the daughter of Haran who was the father of both Milkah and Yiskah. And it came to pass that Saray was infertile and had no child of… Read More

Serug

“And it came to pass that Reu lived thirty-two years and he begat Serug. Reu lived two-hundred and seven years after he begat Serug. And he begat sons and daughters.” (Genesis 11:20-21)   And the pattern continues. Sometimes we can get a little weighed down by lists of genealogies like this, but do remember always… Read More

The Noblemen Gather the People to God

“The noblemen of the people gather the people of the God of Abraham for to God are the shields of the earth. He is to be greatly exalted!” (Psalm 47:10 {verse 9 in English translations})   The close of this psalm begins with an interesting visual picture. First of all, the term that we render… Read More

The Seed and the God of the Millennia

“And they blessed Rebekah, and said to her, ‘Our sister, you shall become like countless thousands and may your seed inhabit the gates of those who hate him.’” (Genesis 24:60)   “I will surely bless you and your seed will surely be great as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is… Read More

WIll You be Faithful to My Lord?

“Now, if it is in you to show steadfast love and truth to my lord, declare it to me; if not, declare it to me so that I may turn to the right or to the left.” (Genesis 24:49)   It is interesting to me how Eliezer couches his request for Rebekah to return with… Read More

Hope in the Name of God

“I will praise you forever, because of your work; I will hope in your name, because it is good in the presence of your saints.” (Psalm 52:11 [verse 9 in English translations])   And here, David, in the midst of the grief and sorrow of loss turns his heart to praise. What a remarkable statement… Read More

We have a Stronghold in the God of Jacob

“Yaheweh Tsabaoth is with us; A high stronghold for us is the God of Jacob. Selah!” (Psalm 46:8 {verse 7 in English})   What a wonderful statement the psalmist makes. This is the kind of statement that ought to be set in stone on our patios and stenciled on our walls. It should be the… Read More

The Sleep of the Beloved

  “It is vain for you to get up early and go late to your dwelling, Eating the bread of toil; For he gives to his beloved sleep.” (Psalm 127:2)   It may be granted up front that there is some discussion as to how to interpret the last line of this verse. Commonly it… Read More

God, My Rock

“I shall say to God, my Rock, ‘Why have you forgotten me?’ Why do I go about darkened with respect to the torment of the enemy?” (Psalm 42:10 [Psalm 42:9 in English translations])   The term “rock” is one that is often attributed to God. Why is that? Is God cold and unmoving? No, of… Read More

The Conversation

“Some weather we’ve been having, isn’t it?” “Did you see the game last night?” “Did you read the paper this morning, with crime going up and unemployment going up, what is this world coming to?” “Did you hear what those democrats did?” Conversations, we all have them every day and usually they are had around… Read More

Revealing God (John 17:6)

“I have made your name known to the people whom you gave me out of this world; they were yours, even so, you gave them and they have guarded your word.” (John 17:6) Jesus has made the Father’s name known.  What a remarkable statement this is!  Often we find agnostics speaking of their pursuit of… Read More

Christ the Cornerstone (Psalm 118:22)

“A stone, which the ones who build rejected, it is to the head of the corner.”               Though this translation is awkward and unfamiliar, I wanted to translate it more literally to retain the force of the idiom that is employed.  Yet first, note that this is one of the most quoted Old Testament… Read More

Idols Do Not Growl (Psalm 115:5-7)

“Mouths are theirs, yet they do not speak; eyes are theirs, yet they do not see; ears are theirs, yet they do not hear; noses are theirs, yet they do not smell. There are hands, but they do not feel; there are feet, but they do not walk; there is no utterance in their throats.”… Read More