The Word of God

READ : Psalms 19-22 This section contains outstanding psalms. Psalm 19 is divided into two parts. The first extols God’s revelation in nature. The second gives even higher praise to the greater revelation in the written Word. It describes the greatness of God’s Word and the wonderful effect it has on those who read it and apply it to their lives. The 20th psalm talks about the day of trouble and expresses the desire that God may answer prayer in …

The Godly Love God

READ : Psalms 15-18 What kind of person pleases God? Psalm 15 answers this question by describing a person who “does what is right” and “speaks truth” (v. 2). He is also described in negative terms as a person who “does not slander” and “does no evil to his friend” (v. 3). We are saved by grace, but we are called to a life of godliness. The godly are also people who love God. In Psalm 16 we read “I …

Sing to the Lord

READ : Psalms 8-14 The psalms were written to be sung. Notice that the headings of most of these psalms are addressed: “To the choirmaster.” The headings were not part of the original psalms but they are so old that in the Hebrew Bible they are cited as verse 1. The biblical faith is a singing faith. I have conducted several funerals lately, and as part of the service the congregation sang. How different our mourning from that which we …

Hear Our Prayer, O Lord

READ : Psalms 1-7 Although Job has taught us that we must not deal with this truth simplistically, the first psalm once again reminds us that God blesses godliness and punishes evil. The godly person loves God’s Word, and as a result avoids getting involved in evil. The second psalm is one of a number of psalms called Messianic; that is, it deals with prophecies which are fulfilled by Christ. He will break down the proud resistance of those who …

A Good Ending

READ : Job 40-42 God asks Job to answer His questions. Job, realizing how small he is, has nothing to say. God then describes His power in terms of His dealings with His creation. He concludes by describing His control of a great land animal, Behemoth (perhaps the hippopotamus), and a great sea animal, Leviathan (perhaps the whale). Job realizes God can do anything and that he himself doesn’t know what he is talking about. He repents, not regarding sins …