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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

THE COMING PERFECTION – August 31

Can there be something better than what is perfect? What the psalmist wrote in Psalm 119:96 seems to teach that. He wrote, "I have seen an end of all perfection; but thy commandment is exceeding broad." He had stated that all things are God's servants and created within certain laws. These laws they all keep perfectly. Man, however, was created also under the Ten Commandments, the moral law. And this law, he states, is broader than those laws wherein all creatures were created, the physical laws of their being. Our versification has it thus: The wicked would destroy my soul, ...

GOD-GIVEN DELIGHT IN HIS LAW – August 30

In God's providence the moon continues in its orbit so marvelously that it is exactly on time month after month, so that our calendars for next year can tell us when it will be full moon and when it will be new moon. For thousands of years the earth has rotated on its axis at an unchanging speed, so that the rising of the sun and the setting thereof may be predicted day after day and year after year. But man, made in God's image, by nature never keeps the law according to which God created him. And in Psalm ...

PROMISES THAT WILL BE KEPT – August 29

The more serious the surgery is, the more serious the thought must be that is given to choosing one to perform it. When one's life is in danger, one cannot be too careful, or demand too much care. And what is far more serious than physical death is our relationship with God. Both physical and spiritual enemies may make life dangerous for us. Financial losses may be hard to bear. But what God does to us, and what He promises us, is what counts. The punishment He metes out is everlasting, and makes man as miserable as he possibly can ...

QUICKENED IN GOD’S MERCY – August 28

One truth that we should hold on to tightly is the teaching of Scripture that all of our salvation comes from God. We do not earn the smallest part of it. We get not one blessing by fulfilling a condition. In fact the very desire for salvation is God's gift to us, and we owe Him thanks for that. As surely as physical birth does not come to us because we asked for it, so surely being born again is due to God's desire for it and not ours. God Himself through the psalmist states that clearly in Psalm 119:88 ...

A JUST PRAYER FOR HELP – August 27

Although thus far they did not succeed, the enemies of the psalmist were trying to kill him. He states this in Psalm 119:85, 86 in these words: "The proud have digged pits for me, which are not after thy law. All thy commandments are faithful: they persecute me wrongfully: help thou me." From these words we learn that the enemies attack him under the guise of punishing a sinner. Falsely they accuse him OF A SIN WORTHY OF DEATH. Never¬theless the punishment is not called for by God's law; and they persecute him wrongfully. That law, the psalmist points out, ...

HUMBLY WAITING FOR SALVATION – August 26

The suffering of the child of God who wrote Psalm 119 was intense. He expresses this in verses 83, 84 in these words: "For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes. How many are the days of thy servant? when wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me?" Plainly it seemed to him that, if God did not come with salvation, his life would soon be ended. His life was in great peril. He did not mean that he was like a glass bottle, but rather like a leather bottle, ...

HOPE FOR A SURE SALVATION – August 25

Salvation always implies misery of one kind or another. Joyous moments and happy situations we want to keep. But out of discomforts and sufferings whether light or severe we want to be lifted. This explains the words of the psalmist in Psalm 119:81, 82, where we read: "My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word. Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me?" The exact situation of the psalmist we do not know, although in broad lines we do read that he had afflictions (v. 75), and that enemies dealt perversely with ...

A PRAYER FOR HOLINESS – August 24

As the saying goes, "Talk is cheap." It is so easy to say with David, "Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee? And am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them my enemies." But we do well to ask ourselves how true this is of us, bearing in mind what David had written, namely, that God knows our thoughts afar off, and that there is not a word in our tongue that He does not know altogether. If we give that serious thought, we will ...

HATRED THAT REVEALS LOVE – August 23

What a contrast David makes in the last part of Psalm 139! He had spoken of the preciousness of God's thoughts unto him. Now in verses 19 and 20 he declares what God will do to the wicked. He writes, "Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men. For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain." Or as our versification has it: The wicked Thou wilt surely slay, From me let sinners turn away; They speak against Thy name divine, I count God's enemies as mine. This ...

GOD’S PRECIOUS THOUGHTS UNTO US – August 22

In Psalm 139 David clearly and definitely established the truth that God sees us and that our life is unto Him an open book that reveals in the smallest detail what we are and do. But most wonderful and important is how He looks upon us. What are His thoughts when He looks upon us? Does He look at us or upon us? In awesome language David ex-presses the truth of how God looks upon us in love. He writes in verses 17 and 18, "How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum ...



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