Fear: Anxious Concern

Fear: Anxious Concern

Psalm 111:10

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;

all who follow his precepts have good understanding.

To him belongs eternal praise.

In previous posts I wrote about the phrase “fear of the Lord” and after reading this verse I thought I would touch on it again today.

Let’s look at the definition of “fear”: Continue reading

How The Wicked Prosper

How The Wicked Prosper

Psalm 10:1

Why, Lord, do you stand far off?

Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

I read this verse and it reminded me of the book that precedes Psalm.  I have written a number of posts about this book and that is the Book of Job.

In this Psalm, David has the same complaints as Job.  David is wondering where the Lord is in his times of trouble.  David is asking some of the same questions that Job had asked centuries before.  And David is asking the same questions we all ask when something terrible happens in our lives.  We ask, “How God could let this happen?”

David wonders how the wicked can say there is no God and yet continue to prosper in their ways. Continue reading

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

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

Wasting Our Years

Wasting Our Years

Psalm 90:9-12

For all our days pass away under your wrath;

we bring our years to an end like a sigh.

The years of our life are seventy,

or even by reason of strength eighty;

yet their span[a] is but toil and trouble;

they are soon gone, and we fly away.

Who considers the power of your anger,

and your wrath according to the fear of you?

So teach us to number our days

that we may get a heart of wisdom.

I had already written a piece about Psalm 90:10-12 but after reading these verses again I felt like I had a bit more to say.  Forgive me if I repeat myself. Continue reading

Unless The Lord Builds The House

Unless The Lord Builds The House

Psalm 127:1-2

Unless the Lord builds the house,

those who build it labor in vain.

Unless the Lord watches over the city,

the watchman stays awake in vain.

It is in vain that you rise up early

and go late to rest,

eating the bread of anxious toil;

for he gives to his beloved sleep.

Unless the Lord builds the house.

What is the house that King David is talking about?  It is you, your body, my body, and our community as human beings.  To go through life, building a life and a community without God in your heart is vanity or as David’s son would say, vanity and a striving after wind. Continue reading

The Fear Of The Lord

The Fear Of The Lord

Psalm 112:1-3

Praise the Lord!

Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,

who greatly delights in his commandments!

His offspring will be mighty in the land;

the generation of the upright will be blessed.

Wealth and riches are in his house,

and his righteousness endures forever.

I have written about “the fear of the Lord” three or four times in the past few weeks.  So maybe this will be my last time to write about it for a while. It’s a concept I like to write about.  I feel there is a lot of misconceptions about what is “the fear of the Lord”. Continue reading

Reaping The Balance

Reaping The Balance

Psalm 18:25-26

With the merciful you show yourself merciful;

with the blameless man you show yourself blameless;

with the purified you show yourself pure;

and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.

Reading through the Psalms of King David, songs written by David to praise God, I always find a number of verses enjoyable to read.  This was one of them.

Here David is expressing a concept that is worded many different ways in the Bible.  It is the same concept expressed in a number of other religions and philosophies.

Most of us are familiar with the saying, “You reap what you sow.” Continue reading