The Only Way Death Can Be Overcome

The Only Way Death Can Be Overcome

Upon arriving at Psalm 49:15, we come to one of the greatest contrasts in Scripture, marked by the phrase—But God.  Even though man cannot redeem another’s soul because the ransom price is too high (vv.7-9), God can certainly do it. Take note of the certainty and...
Right Valuation Leads to Right Meditation

Right Valuation Leads to Right Meditation

In light of the joy the Psalmist expresses over the word in Ps. 119:14, it’s no wonder that in v.15, the Psalmist directs his mind to and constantly mutters the truth and pays close attention to walk in God’s ways.  This meditation is directed towards God’s precepts,...
The Lord is the Only Refuge

The Lord is the Only Refuge

Psalm 118:8 It is better to take refuge in the Lord Than to trust in man. 9 It is better to take refuge in the Lord Than to trust in princes. Upon facing the prospect of impending judgment, the people of Israel were tempted to trust in other nations and would make...
The Transforming Effect of What We Worship

The Transforming Effect of What We Worship

In Ps. 115:4, the Psalmist explains that the nations’ idols (their objects of worship) are manufactured by man’s hands through the fabrication of things the one, true God has created, like gold and silver. These idols need to be spruced up to look good to the eyes of...
How to Hope Like a Christian

How to Hope Like a Christian

So how are we to think about God’s reign as it relates to our present time and as it relates to the future reign of the final David, who is the Messiah? This is a question of utter importance right now for there are many Christians who deny the straightforward sense...
The Danger Resident in Preference Issues

The Danger Resident in Preference Issues

Love is the overarching principle in matters of conscience and all things in body life (Rom. 13:8-10), so if love is neglected, souls can be destroyed.  More specifically, our goal can never be to get someone to push past their conscience, even if we seek to lovingly...