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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

FED WITH SPIRITUAL BREAD – January 20

Another versification of the truth in Psalm 23:1 which we sang yesterday is the beautiful confession: Thou, Jehovah, art my shepherd, Therefore I no want shall know: In green pastures Thou dost rest me, Leadest where still waters flow, And when fainting, Sweet refreshment dost bestow. And truly every crumb of bread our earthly lives need, and every drop of water upon which our earthly life depends will be given us, until the moment when our Good Shepherd brings us to His Father's house, that we may dwell there with Him forevermore. But can you, and do you sincerely sing ...

ALL IS WELL – January 19

The day is coming when we will not be able to buy or sell, because we refuse to take the mark of the beast. We will then be faced with starvation. Yet the child of God will with David be able to say of Jehovah, "He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters" Psalm 23:2. Now a sheep lies down when it has eaten sufficiently. And to lie down in green pastures means that there is still an abundance of food far beyond the present needs. Still waters represent peace, tranquility, complete ...

OUR NEED FULLY SUPPLIED – January 18

After his profound and powerful confession that, "The Lord is my shepherd, - David in Psalm 23:1 expresses with absolute confidence: "I want nothing." That is a better translation than, "I shall not want." For what we need above all is a shepherd who will supervise our whole life, take constant care of us, protect us from all our enemies and lead us to the glory of the kingdom of heaven. Having Jehovah as our shepherd all these needs will be taken care of in full. We shall not want because of what we now have. Having Jehovah as our ...

A CALL TO SING GOD’S PRAISES – January 17

What an array of musical instruments our symphony orchestras have today! What rich music they are able to produce compared with the instruments the psalmist mentions in Psalm 150:3-5! There, concerning God, he writes, "Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; praise Him with the psaltery and harp. Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; praise Him with stringed instruments and or-gans. Praise Him upon the loud cymbals; praise Him upon the high sounding cymbals. " How emphatic then is the exhortation in verse 2, to praise Him for His mighty acts and excellent greatness! The piercing sound of ...

MIGHTY ACTS AND FITTING PRAISE – January 16

We do well today to take note of the fact that the psalm-ist in Psalm 150:2 exhorts us to lift our voices to God and "Praise Him for His mighty acts: praise Him according to His excellent greatness. " Let it not be misunderstood, how-ever. We are not to praise Him merely for those works that make this life more comfortable and enjoyable. That is the tendency of our flesh; and that creeps so easily into our prayers. Then, too, His mighty act of bringing up the sun every morning, after guiding the stars in their courses all night, can ...

A CALL TO PRAISE GOD – January 15

Psalm 150 speaks of the calling of every one of us. In verse one the psalmist says, "Praise ye the Lord, Praise God in the sanctuary: praise Him in the firmament of His power." And we ought to take note of the fact that he speaks of two groups of persons and of two places where they abide. He speaks of those in His sanctuary here below, and those in heaven, where He reveals Himself more fully. This is beautifully expressed in our Psalter with these words: Hallelujah! Hallelujah! In His temple God be praised; In the high and heavenly ...

WORKS THAT ABIDE – January 14

One prospers when one succeeds in what one sets out to do. We call it prosperity when everything goes well and we go forward in enjoying life. The opposite of prosperity is adversity. Then all goes against us, and we lose the things we were enjoying. David in Psalm 1:3 gives us a beautiful picture of pros-perity. He writes of the man who delights in God's law, "And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of waters, that bringeth forth its fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper." ...

MEDITATING IN GOD’S LAW – January 13

What a small beginning of that new obedience that God gives to His children do we have! David, speaking of the man who is truly blessed, says that "His delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law doth he meditate day and night" Psalm 1:2. That is not the picture which we see of ourselves, if we take a good look into the mirror of God's law. Meditating in the law is one thing. Doing so day and night is some-thing else. Yes, we do sing: Yea blest is he who makes God's law His portion ...

A WORTHY WALK – January 12

Regardless of our occupation, and whether we be man or woman, we either walk, stand, or sit to perform our work. And it is also while walking, sitting, or standing that we commit our sins. That is why David in Psalm 1:1, 2 de¬clares, "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law doth he meditate day and night.” The positive side of this is walking in ...

TRUE BLESSEDNESS – January 11

It certainly is a blessing to have one's sins forgiven. But with that blessedness always comes a life that flees from sin and walks in God's law. No, our flesh does not consider hatred of sin to be a blessing. Our flesh is happy when we walk in sin. It never wants to sing: That man is blest who fearing God, From sin restrains his feet, Who will not stand with wicked men, Who shuns the scorner's seat. Yea, blest is he who makes God's law His portion and delight, And meditates upon that law With gladness day and night ...



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