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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

BLESSING THE GOD WHO BLESSES US – September 20

What goes against our flesh, but we are often exhorted to do in Scripture, is to bless God. We like the idea that He blesses us. Even those who never worship Him on the Sabbath Day in His house will say to each other, "God bless you!" We do, however, have a calling to bless Him; and therefore in Psalm 103:1 we read, "Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name." Now to bless God means something quite different from God blessing us, for God is no creature, and to bless means ...

A WONDERFUL INHERITANCE – September 19

If you could choose that which you are going to inherit, what would you choose? What would make you really happy? Would you say with the psalmist, "Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage forever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart. I have inclined my heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end" (Ps. 119:111, 112)? Do these testimonies of God give you so much joy that what you want to obtain is entrance into the kingdom of heaven, where all the citizens keep God's law perfectly, and where you will be able to do ...

FAITHFUL IN ADVERSITY – September 18

From God, on whose earth we walk, whose plants provide us with all our food, who gives us every heartbeat and breath of life, we cannot earn or buy the smallest part of this earthly creation. Yea, instead, every minute we become more and more indebted to Him. Much less can we warn or buy or talk Him into giving us the smallest blessing of the kingdom of heaven. Although it may look as though the psalmist is in Psalm 119:109, 110 seeking to move God into blessing him for what he did, this is not so at all. The ...

AN URGENT PRAYER FOR INSTRUCTION – September 17

A musical instrument played properly can produce pleasing music, and, if obtained as a gift, calls for words of thanks unto the giver. But that gift will serve no good pur-pose until the one who receives it is taught how to play it. Likewise God's word, which is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path, is a rich gift; but God must teach us what that which we read therein means, and what it calls us to do. Therefore we find the psalmist praying in Psalm 119:108, "Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offering of my ...

OUR GUIDING LIGHT – September 16

Not only is it foolish but also dishonest to promise that which you know you cannot do. And therefore one might wonder why the psalmist wrote in Psalm 119:106, "I have sworn and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments." How does he dare to do that? Well, for one thing, he reveals in the preceding verse what enables him to do what he swore he would do. He stated, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." And although these words do not directly state how he would be ...

A BLESSED, STEADFAST TRUST – September 15

Life has its requirements, and because sin entered into the world, it also needs protection. That is why the psalm-ist concludes Psalm 84 by stating in verses 11, 12, "For the Lord is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk up-rightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee. Now if there is one thing our earthly life needs, it is the sun. No food will there be without it. No work will man be able to perform in the total darkness ...

TRANSCENDENT BLESSEDNESS – September 14

If the psalmist were living today, he would, no doubt, write that a day in God's house is better than a million, yea, even perhaps better than a trillion days in this world of sin. But when he did in Psalm 84:10 write, "For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of wickedness," he was speaking of what in that day was a great percentage. One day in a thousand is an overwhelming percentage. Even today, who would prefer ...

A VERY REVEALING PRAYER – September 13

If you want something badly, you are not going where it cannot be given to you. Parents who want their out-of-state children to come and visit them are not going to leave town the day scheduled for that visit. And if we agree with the psalmist that God's tabernacles are lovely, and that to dwell with Him there is most blessed, we are going to seek it and pray for strength to walk on the way unto it. Therefore the psalmist in Psalm 84:7, 8 wrote, "They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before ...

OUR ASSURANCE OF HEAVENLY GLORY – September 12

When Christ returns and the tabernacle of God is with men, as we read in Revelation 21:3, man will have reached the highest point of bliss and glory that is possible for the creature to know and enjoy. It is that blessedness of which Psalm 84 speaks when it declares how amiable, that is, how lovely, God's tabernacles are. However, those who reach that glory will never boast of having gotten there by their own strength. No, the psalmist states in verses 5, 6, "Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee: in whose heart are the ways of ...

BLEST IN GOD’S HOUSE – September 11

Although man is the only earthly creature created in the image of God, and therefore is a thinking, willing creature, the creatures who were created below man often put him to shame after his fall into sin. Of that the psalmist speaks in Psalm 84:3, 4, in these words, "Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O Lord of Hosts, my King and my God. Blessed are they that dwell in thy house; they will be still praising thee. Selah. " These creatures knew ...



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