They Have Feet But Do Not Walk

They Have Feet But Do Not Walk

Psalm 115:2-8

Why should the nations say,

“Where is their God?”

Our God is in the heavens;

he does all that he pleases.

Their idols are silver and gold,

the work of human hands.

They have mouths, but do not speak;

eyes, but do not see.

They have ears, but do not hear;

noses, but do not smell.

They have hands, but do not feel;

feet, but do not walk;

and they do not make a sound in their throat.

Those who make them become like them;

so do all who trust in them.

 

A song of King David that translate as well today as it did yesterday, and as it will tomorrow. Continue reading

Vanity of Vanities

Vanity of Vanities

I thought today, since I am writing about the book of Ecclesiastes, I would start from the beginning.  The very first verse tells us in a sort of cryptic way about the author of this book.  They refer to themselves as the Preacher.  Most people believe that person to be King Solomon.

Ecclesiastes 1:1

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

If you take this verse at it’s face value, the son of David and King in Jerusalem was Solomon.  Some say that “son” may refer to the lineage of King David, but I’ll keep it simple and stick with Solomon as the Preacher.  Who wrote the book isn’t as important as the lessons being taught in this book.  King Solomon starts teaching from the first verses. Continue reading

Evil Will Always Be There

Evil Will Always Be There

Ecclesiastes 4:1-3

Again I saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun. And behold, the tears of the oppressed, and they had no one to comfort them! On the side of their oppressors there was power, and there was no one to comfort them.  And I thought the dead who are already dead more fortunate than the living who are still alive.  But better than both is he who has not yet been and has not seen the evil deeds that are done under the sun.

Solomon is writing about the evil that exists in the world.  When I read these verses I wrote the following note to myself: “Evil always has and always will exist in the world.”  Solomon writes that those who are dead and those who have not been born are better off than the living.  Why does he say this?  Because from birth to death we will always come in contact with evil.  Only those who no longer exist or those who never existed will be void of evil. Continue reading

All The King’s Horses And All The King’s Men

All The King’s Horses And All The King’s Men

Psalm 33:16-17

The king is not saved by his great army;

a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.

The war horse is a false hope for salvation,

and by its great might it cannot rescue.

What is King David saying in these two verses?  He’s saying, “Might doesn’t make right,”  But he is also telling me that you can store up all the wealth and power, be strong enough in men and materials to defeat any enemy, but all this will not bring you salvation.  Salvation, not great victories, not success over others, but your personal salvation.  The salvation of your soul, your being.

What is salvation? Continue reading

Bottle Your Tears

Bottle Your Tears

Psalm 56:8

You have kept count of my tossing’s;

put my tears in your bottle.

Are they not in your book?

I learned something from this verse.  I wrote it down because something spoke to me.  I guess it was the reference to collecting tears in a bottle.  I thought it was very poetic.  Before I started writing this piece I wanted to read what the Biblical scholars had to say about this verse.

What I discovered is that not only was the phrase poetic, it was also a custom that has been practiced throughout history. Continue reading

Take Refuge In The Lord

Take Refuge In The Lord

Psalm 118:8-9

It is better to take refuge in the Lord

than to trust in man.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord

than to trust in princes.

You have heard some variations of the quote, “In God we trust, all others we verify”, or “all others we monitor”, or “all others bring data”.  This is what David is saying in these two verses but in a more eloquent and poetic manner. Continue reading

The Trap Of Arrogance

The Trap Of Arrogance

Psalm 73:1-3

Truly God is good to Israel,

to those who are pure in heart.

But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled,

my steps had nearly slipped.

For I was envious of the arrogant

when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

This post is really about the entire 73rd Psalm but I thought its essence was captured in the first three verses.  As I read through the Book of Psalms, which is preceded by the Book of Job, I begin to realize how the lessons of Job were learned and written about by King David. Continue reading