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

First Importance (1 Corinthians 15:3)

 “For I delivered to you of first importance that which I also received—that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;”  (1 Corinthians 15:3)   Paul now is about to lay out for the Corinthians once again the essentials of the faith.  Please note, these things that he lays down are what he calls… Read More

David in the Wilderness: Psalm 63 (part 6)

“As with fat and the choicest cuts of meat, my soul will be satisfied. My lips will exult; my mouth will exclaim hallelujah!” (Psalm 63:6 {Psalm 63:5 in English versions})   Now, in a culture that is as health conscious as ours is, we somewhat lose the impact of the initial metaphor.  We usually think… Read More

David in the Wilderness: Psalm 63 (part 12)

“The King will rejoice in God; and boast, will all who swear by him; for the mouth will be shut of all who speak a lie.” (Psalm 63:12 {Psalm 63:11 in English Bibles})   And David, who is the rightful king of Israel, will rejoice in God (even in the midst of having to flee… Read More

David in the Wilderness: Psalm 63 (part 6)

“As with fat and the choicest cuts of meat, my soul will be satisfied. My lips will exult; my mouth will exclaim hallelujah!” (Psalm 63:6 {Psalm 63:5 in English versions})   Now, in a culture that is as health conscious as ours is, we somewhat lose the impact of the initial metaphor.  We usually think… Read More

A Proverb in a Song: part 2

“Hear this, all ye peoples! Listen carefully, all who dwell in the world!” (Psalm 49:2 {Psalm 49:1 in English Bibles})   Notice to whom this psalm is written.  All too often we only think of the scriptures in terms of being written for God’s people, yet, this psalm is addressing all people of world!  Oh,… Read More

Save Me From Bloodguilt: Psalm 51 (part 15)

“Save me from bloodguilt, O God, God of my salvation; My tongue will exult in your righteousness!” (Psalm 51:16 {Psalm 51:14 in English Bibles})   What an amazing picture David paints for us in this verse!  Yet, to understand what he is showing us, we must understand the concept of “bloodguilt” in the Old Testament. … Read More

Against You I have Sinned: Psalm 51 (part 5)

“Against you, and you alone, I have sinned And that which is evil in your eyes, I have done— Thus, you are justified in your words And pure in your judgments. (Psalm 51:6 {Psalm 51:4 in English Bibles})   Here is a verse that people sometimes stumble over until they begin to understand that sin,… Read More