The Basis of God’s Forgiving Favor

The Basis of God’s Forgiving Favor

On what basis does David request the undeserved treatment, highlighted in Ps. 51:1?  Is it based on his repentance, his pretty good track record overall, his position in the kingdom?  It’s none of those things, rather it’s on the basis on God’s faithful, covenant...
Worship That is Commended by God

Worship That is Commended by God

Upon reading through passages like Psalm 50, the question is often raised: What are some indicators that one’s allegiance or worship or devotion to God is NOT merely lip service?  First of all, we come to God always from a disposition of being a receiver.  We must not...
Help When We Need It Most

Help When We Need It Most

In Psalm 46:1-7, the Psalmist puts forth that God is our refuge, strength and stronghold in order that we may not fear.  However, one of the implications is that no one learns the heights of the greatness of God’s power and protection in those ways until it is...
Gaining God as Our Ultimate Joy and Hope

Gaining God as Our Ultimate Joy and Hope

In Psalm 43:4, the Psalmist refers to God as his exceeding joy.  The question often arises: Does having God as our exceeding joy exclude having other desires or even finding a measure of joy in other things?  No, but the way to tell what rules your heart is to assess...
How Hoping in God Attacks Depression

How Hoping in God Attacks Depression

What do we need to do when our thoughts attempt to sink us into despair? The first thing to do is to identify the proper object of hope.  We saw it in the first exhortation the Psalmist gives to his soul in Ps.42:5—Hope in God.  What we need to understand about this...
The Wise Mouth of the Righteous

The Wise Mouth of the Righteous

Wisdom speaks God’s mind in God’s ways, whereas folly is spoken from a position of personal offense with self-exalting motivations.  Wisdom cannot come from a disposition of self-centeredness and neither can justice or fairness or upholding a standard that is outside...
The Lord’s Perspective of Persecution

The Lord’s Perspective of Persecution

Ps. 37:12 begins to shed more light upon the situation about which David is writing.  The difficulty in navigating this world is not just that the wicked do evil, but that the wicked develops evil plots against God’s people out of hatred for God’s people.  That is...
The Power of Relying on the Powerful Word

The Power of Relying on the Powerful Word

A crucial conclusion of Paul’s teaching from the 2nd half of 1st Corinthians 1 is this: Because the gospel is foolishness to the natural person, when someone does get saved that is evidence of God’s power because there’s no other possible explanation that one...
Turning to the One Who Takes Away Fears

Turning to the One Who Takes Away Fears

Notice where David turns in Ps. 34:4–he sought the Lord.  David goes to the only source of help when our souls are weighed down with fear.  How quickly and comprehensively we cast our cares upon the Lord and his truth is determinative of how faithful we will be...