Advent in the Psalms – Week 2 “PEACE”

Peace on earth, good will toward all men!  Peace is the hope of what was expected of the Christ child so long ago.  We recall the angles message to the shepherds on the night of his birth, “And this shall be a sign unto you; ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying…

Advent in the Psalms – Week 1 “HOPE”

Advent is a time of year when many churches spend four weeks prior to Christmas reflecting on the Hope, Peace, Joy and Love of the first coming of Christ in the manger, and the second coming of Christ, which is promised. Advent means coming.  Here is how Justin Holcomb explains it: “While Advent is certainly…

God Listens Today – Psalm 5

There are at least 8 writers of the psalms.  David is by far the most prolific and known.  Much of David’s life was like a fast-paced action movie, with lots of violence, intrigue, romance, espionage, and family drama. Maybe this is why we enjoy reading the Psalms so much!  We can easily relate to the…

Psalm 4 – Peace During the Storms of Life

Psalm 4 (NASB) Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Be gracious to me and hear my prayer. 2 O sons of men, how long will my honor become a reproach? How long will you love what is worthless and aim at deception? Selah. 3 But know…

Thinning the Herd – Psalm 4:3

But know that the Lord has set apart the godly man for Himself; the Lord hears when I call to Him. Psalm 4:3 As I studied this verse, I looked up the words, “set apart”, and found that it means to split or to divide.  Now, I live in a small western mountain town, rich…

Salvation Belongs to the Lord – Psalm 3

Seriously, could there be anything worse than having your own son try to kill you?  This is what David was facing when he wrote Psalm 3.  What would you do?  Are you going to retaliate? No, retaliation isn’t really an option. Despite everything, he must have loved his son, as misguided as he was.  David…

God Laughs – Psalm 2

Psalm 2 (NASB) 2 Why are the nations in an uproar And the peoples devising a vain thing? 2 The kings of the earth take their stand And the rulers take counsel together Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, 3 “Let us tear their fetters apart And cast away their cords from us!” 4 He who sits…

Rest Beside Still Waters – Psalms 1

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by…

The Wicked, the Sinner, the Scoffer – Psalm 1:1-2 (part 2)

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. Last time we looked at the progression of “walking”,…

Walking, Standing, Sitting – Psalm 1:1-2

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.  The Psalms begins with this iconic statement. …