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From the Eyes to the Heart

From the Eyes to the Heart A  soldier sees his fellow soldier shot and killed in the heat of battle.  A fatal car accident. The devastation from a tornado.  These are the images many people who see them say they have a hard time getting out of their mind.  They can't "un-see" what they saw. These images have much emotion attached to them. Images like these stick in the heart and mind long after they have been viewed. This is what I imagine David thinking when he wrote in Psalm 101:3a "I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes."  For David it was the sight of Bathsheba bathing on her rooftop that stirred up the sinful thoughts of the mind and wicked flame of the heart.  This is an important topic for our children and young people today as they are inundated with images each and every day.  A great ...

I’m Better Than You

I'm Better Than You The title of this blog entry by Mr. Tim Challies really caught my eye.  It caused me to take the time to read his article and I assume the reason why you are taking the time right now to this entry.   Here are some quotes from the article: "I’m kind of a jerk. For as long as I’ve been able to think about myself, my heart, my life, I’ve known that I’m a sinful person. I’ve never doubted the reality of my depravity. And if there ever had been any doubt, being married and having children and immersing myself in a local church has provided all the proof I, and they, need. But lately I’ve been considering one simple and disturbing aspect of this sin: I’m better than you. At least, this is what I believe in most of life’s situations. I’m just plain better than you. Somewhere deep ...

Bible Vocabulary for Devotions

The study of the Bible and God has a lot of very interesting vocabulary.  There are many large and difficult to understand words that students hear off the pulpit, come across in catechism, while in school, and in their reading of the Beacon Lights and Standard Bearer.  Since many of my students are unfamiliar with the meaning of these words, I made a list last school year of -ology words that I could use at the beginning of this year that could be applied to our morning devotions as well as expand their Biblical vocabulary.  By the end, the students enjoyed guessing pronunciations as well as what the word referred to.  It also adds a good dose of root words and languages of origin. I list the words, their studies, and the scripture references I used below.  By no means are these scripture references the best.  I chose scripture that ...

Daily Devotions

A SURE VICTORY – July 25

Here is a versification of David's words in Psalm 108 that we do well to commit to memory and take with all through life: God's word shall surely stand His name through every land Shall be adored; Lord, who shall lead our host? Thy aid we covet most, In Thee is all our boast, Strong in the Lord. David had spoken of the loftiness of God's mercy and truth and had declared that his heart was fixed to praise God for them. But then to his mind came all the enemies for which he needed deliverance and salvation. And if ...

IN PRAISE EXALTING GOD – July 24

In the measure that we appreciate the good someone has done for us, we respond with the praise of thanksgiving. And who is there that has done more good for us than God? Not only has He given us life, and a wide and rich creation in which to live; but He has given us a new, spiritual life and is preparing for us a new world of blessedness and glory when Christ returns upon the clouds of heaven. That is why David in Psalm 108:3, 4 declares, "I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: and I will ...

A FIXED HEART – July 23

One may ultimately come to the decision that a loved one should undergo very serious surgery and makes up his mind to arrange for it. That does not however mean that he looks forward to it and will be singing during it. Singing requires more than a decision. It calls for a joy in the heart. In moments of sadness we cannot sing but are leaning toward weeping. Happiness must be there, if we are going to sing. David has such happiness in his heart when he in Psalm 108:1, 2 wrote: "O God, my heart is fixed; I will ...

THE RIGHT CHOICE – July 22

If you had to choose between becoming a millionaire tomorrow, or continue the rest of your life as you are, and then when you die enter at once into heavenly glory, what would you choose? If you chose the latter, why did you do so? What do you consider heavenly glory to be, that makes you turn down a million dollars of silver and gold? Is it because you say with the psalmist what we read in Psalm 119:71, 72? He wrote, "It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. The law ...

DELIGHT IN GOD’S LAW – July 21

There are man-made laws which we must keep or be punished. We are not by man commanded to love these laws but to keep them to the letter. With God's laws it is different. We must keep them but also love them. And the psalmist teaches us this in Psalm 119:69, 70 when he writes, "The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart. Their heart is as fat as grease; but I delight in thy law. " Surely keeping God's law with the whole heart is hard to find because ...

THE BLESSEDNESS OF AFFLICTIONS – July 20

Before we turn on the light in the middle of the night, the darkness keeps us from seeing the objects that are around us. But after the light is turned on we can see them. And we do well to bear in mind that we are in the night of sin and death, and that in that darkness we cannot see our sins as sins and realize the awfulness of their punishment. A truth we do well to bear in mind therefore is that God must, and in His grace does, turn on the light by sending afflictions. That is ...

DEALT WITH AS GOD PROMISED – July 19

There are a few times when we are ready to agree that God has dealt well with us. Most of the time, however, things do not go our way and we complain that He is not treating us well. The basic reason for this complaining is that we do not see things as the psalmist does when in Psalm 119:65, 66 he writes, "Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O Lord, according to thy word. Teach me good judgment and knowledge; for I have believed Thy com¬mandments. " Did you notice that he says that God deals well with ...

A BLESSED HOPE – July 18

So far in considering David's words in Psalm 43, the chorus of our versification was not given. The time has now come for us to sing: 0 my soul, why art thou grieving? What disquiets and dismays? Hope in God; His help receiving, I shall yet my Savior praise. That is the way David ends his Psalm. He pleaded for help and was in deep need of spiritual light. And he wanted badly to go back to God's house where his joy was full, because there God revealed His boundless love in the for-giveness of our sins through the shed ...

A REVEALING THANKFULNESS AND PRAISE – July 17

One way to determine whether an unconscious person hurt in an accident is alive is to find out whether his heart is beating. One way to become aware that one's spiritual heart is beating is to look for what David writes in Psalm 43:4. He had cried out of being cast off and driven from God's house, which was a symbol of His love for His church. And he had prayed for light and truth to assure him that God's love would bring him back. That is why he wrote, "Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto ...

THE LIGHT OF GOD’S TRUTH – July 16

The light of the sun which God gives us enables us to see and enjoy the things in creation round about us. But there is also a mental, intellectual, spiritual light that He gives us. When we do not understand a certain matter, someone may offer to help us and say, "Let me give you some light on the subject." And it is in that sense that David in Psalm 43: 3 writes, "O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me: Let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles." Or as we ...



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