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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

JUDGMENT DAY JOY – November 22

When a judge announces his decision, it is always in one party's favor and against another party. Both sides await the judge's decision; but only one side will be glad and re¬joice in the decision. When God in His righteousness announces His decision in the day of Christ, His whole church is going to rejoice and sing in gladness. Of this we read in Psalm 48:11 in these words: "Let Mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments " Mount Zion here refers to the entire church of God. God's people everywhere. All the ...

PRAISING GOD FOR HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS – November 21

A truth that ought to receive more emphasis today is the righteousness of God. There is so much talk about His love that completely ignores and even denies His righteousness. But the psalmist, being guided by God Himself, does not do that. He had spoken of God's greatness and worthi¬ness of great praise, and had written about the safety of God's church. Then he wrote: "We have thought of thy lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple. According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: Thy right hand is full ...

THE CHURCH’S ABSOLUTE SAFETY – November 20

On every coin used in our country we read: "In God we trust." How wonderful it would be, if that were true. We then would be saying with the psalmist, "As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the Lord of Hosts, in the city of our God: God will establish it for ever" Psalm 48:8. The psalmist is here referring to God's church, not the city of Jerusalem as such. And our versification has it thus: Within her dwellings for defense Our God has made His presence known, And hostile kings, in sudden fear, Have ...

THE CHURCH’S BEAUTY AND JOY – November 19

Jerusalem was built on four hills of which two were of special significance. On Mount Moriah the temple was built, and on Mount Zion the king's throne stood. Speaking in Psalm 48:1 of the mountain of His holiness the psalmist refers to Mt. Moriah and the temple with its holy place and Holy of Holies, where God dwelt symbolically between the cherubim on the altar in that Holy of Holies. That made Jerusalem the holy city. In verse 2, the psalmist speaks literally of Mt. Zion. He writes: "Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, ...

GREAT PRAISE FOR OUR GREAT GOD – November 18

The larger the diamond is, or the piece of solid gold, the more their value is. The greater one's talents are, the more spectacular will one's work be. What shall we say, then, when the psalmist writes in Psalm 48:1, "Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of His holiness"? That greatness is immeasur- able! He is the God of infinite greatness. It is worthy of our notice that the psalmist declares that He is greatly to be praised in His city and in the mountain of His holiness ...

SWEET AND PEACEFUL SLEEP – November 17

If you see the enemy coming toward you, you can rise up and flee. Or if you hear his threats, you can call on others to come to your aid to protect you. But if he comes while you are asleep, you are in mortal danger. And yet David says in Psalm 4:8, "1 will both lay me down in peace, and sleep. for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety." Our sleep, with such an almighty, everywhere present, and faithful God, will be sure and absolutely safe. Not only is it true that He is more powerful than ...

IMPLICIT TRUST IN GOD – November 16

There are times when we should not speak, and there are times when speaking is our undeniable calling. There are words which we should not utter, and words that must come out of our mouths. That is why David, having spoken to his soul and commanded it to be silent and not to question God's faithfulness, continued with, "Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord" Psalm 4:5. What David has in mind here is speaking by his actions. His mouth must bring a sacrifice of righteousness to God rather than complain because he has not ...

STANDING IN AWE – November 15

In Psalm 4 David exhorts us to "Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah" (Ps. 4:4). Our versification sings it thus: Stand in awe and sin not, Bid your heart be still; Through the silent watches Think upon His will. This he wrote because, as verse 1 reveals, he was in distress. And he is speaking to his own soul. This is so very necessary whenever we have troubles. We so quickly and continuously look at what is happening instead of looking to God who has all things completely ...

THE WAY TO CRY FOR MERCY – November 14

As the saying goes, "History repeats itself." However, this is true only in a general sense and because it pleases God to do what He did in the past. All is the execution of His eternal plan. Also in the history of the church and its members God repeats His work of mercy and grace. He is faithful and unchangeable and in His mercy and grace brings His people back from ways of sin, and from ways of difficulty for their flesh, to assurance of His love. David spoke of this in Psalm 4:1 when he wrote: "Hear me when ...

A LIFE THAT PRAISES GOD – November 11

Did it ever occur to you that every time we break God's law, we tell a lie? We do. Whenever we sin, we say by that deed that we do not need to obey the God who made us in His own image, with the calling to serve Him with all His creation every minute of our lives. In fact, every time we sin we bear false witness against God. We not only tell a lie about Him, but by our actions, which speak louder than words, we lie unto Him, telling Him that He is not God and has ...



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