May 26th, 2015
“We sing this Psalm to the praise of God, because God is with us, and powerfully and miraculously preserves and defends his church and his word, against all fanatical spirits, against the gates of hell, against the implacable hatred of the devil, and against all the assaults of the world, the flesh and sin.” – Martin Luther.
Psalms 46 is often called Luther’s song because it was one of Martin Luther’s favorite songs to sing. When anyone was worried or surrounded by trouble, Luther would say, let us sing Psalm 46.
Psalms 46 is a Psalm of Confidence. It is a Psalm to be sung when we are afraid, when it feels like our enemies are surrounding us. Luther wrote 36 hymns but his hymn based of Psalms 46, A Mighty Fortress is our God: Read the rest of this entry »
May 19th, 2015
May 12th, 2015
Last week Penny had mentioned that we should study the Psalm that corresponds with our age. It was a fun statement because she knew that I would be turning 40 later this month. Here I am studying Psalms 40 in depth. Don’t you love the timing of the Lord?
I can’t seem to get away from this number 40 this week. In between my time of preparing this bible lesson, I have been working on our churches 40 Days of Prayer, prayer chain. In my morning devotional time, I have read about how Noah opened his ark window on the 40th day to see if the waters receded and how Jesus was tempted 40 days and 40 nights. This brings to memory, that there the Israelites were tested for 40 years in the wilderness wanderings, the Israelite spies searched the promise land 40 days before they brought back fruit, Moses was on the mountain 40 days with God a couple of times, Goliath strutted before the Israelites for 40 days, twice a day before being killed by David’s stone. Read the rest of this entry »
May 5th, 2015
April 28th, 2015
There are some things you just can’t throw away in the garbage. They have to be disposed of properly because they contain hazardous materials such as chemicals that harm the environment when buried. Aerosol containers, paint thinners, old paint cans, chemical bottles, medications, batteries. These are things we can’t just throw in the garbage. They can’t be buried. There is a proper way to dispose of them. Usually you have to take them specifically to a hazardous waste drop off facility in your area. Since this is so cumbersome and because sometimes these facilities are only open certain times of the year, these hazardous waste materials often accumulate in our garage.
Dealing with sin in our lives is very much like dealing with hazardous waste. We can’t just cover up and bury our sins to dispose of them as we would like to. They require special handling, special disposal and there is only one place we can get rid of them and that is through giving them to Jesus, confessing them to God and receiving forgiveness and his special covering over our sins that seals them away forever from us and others so they have no future hazardous effects on our lives and the lives of others. Read the rest of this entry »
April 21st, 2015
April 18th, 2015
Psalm 23 is so beloved and familiar that you probably don’t even need to open our Bibles to it in order to study it because you know it by heart. It is a popular reading at funerals, during crisis and in times of depression.
When we started the book of Psalms, we talked about how the book of Psalms itself is the place where we love to turn to in the Bible in order to find comfort for our hearts. We referred to it as a sanctuary, a hiding place of refuge, the consecrated place where we always seem to find God and were or heart is called from all its afflictions and fears. The book of Psalms soothes us.
Psalm 23 itself is like a favored secluded sitting spot within the book of Psalms. It’s a place where we all love to go. Despite its popularity, we always find ourselves alone there, yet not alone for the Lord’s presence is great in Psalms 23. That is the theme of this Psalm. Assurance of the Lord’s abiding presence with us during dark times, assurance that He is leading us to a place of rest, along the paths of righteousness, by the best route available. It is reminding ourselves of these truths which calm the anxiety, grief and fear that unsettles our hearts during dark times. Read the rest of this entry »
April 4th, 2015
March 31st, 2015
March 24th, 2015
The book of Psalms is one of the most beloved books of the bible. This is one book you do not need to give people directions to locate in the bible. Everyone knows how to get there by simply opening their bibles, they naturally open up to the book of Psalms being at the center of the bible. And in similar response, we naturally open up in the book of Psalms, pouring out our hearts to God and finding that His word is indeed a refuge for us. In this book we find much comfort and hope in our time of need. It calms our heart. It centers our thoughts. It realigns our wills. It lifts our spirit. It captivates our imagination. The book of Psalms speaks to every part of our being, mind, spirit, heart, imagination and will. Deep truly calls out to deep in the book of Psalms. The depths of God call out to us in our time of need from the book of Psalms, exhorting us to Seek his face! And the depths of our hearts cry back to Him for comfort and understanding stating “Your face I will seek!”
Why do we love the book of Psalms so much. There are many reasons but I will list three. Read the rest of this entry »