Psalm 18-20: The glory of God.

February 18, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 18-20. Background: Psalm 15-17. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 18 The Lord is the Rock, the Deliverer: The words of this Psalm can also be found in their entirety (verses 2-50 at least) in II Samuel 22, as it is recorded as David’s out pouring of praise after the Lord…

Psalm 15-17: The life of the righteous person.

February 11, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 15-17. Background: Psalm 12-14. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 15 The life of the righteous person: The question that is asked at the beginning of this psalm is an important one, as it sets up the meaning of the entire psalm. Who shall sojourn in the Lord’s tent, and who…

Psalm 12-14: Strong words.

February 4, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 12-14. Background: Psalm 9-11. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 12 A smooth tongue: It is very true that a smooth tongue can get a person into a lot of trouble. James calls the tongue a fire, a world of unrighteousness that no man can tame (see James 3:2-12). In this…

Psalm 3-5: Righteousness and the salvation of the Lord.

January 14, 2014. Daily Reading: Psalm 3-5. Background. All three of the Psalms are attributed to David, the first when he was in distress running from his son Absalom (see II Samuel 15), and the second and third simply with the direction of using stringed instruments and flutes, respectively. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 3 Salvation…

Amnon and Tamar: 6 lessons from an instance of rape.

November 20, 2014. I was talking with a good friend today about stories in the Old Testament that are less popular but could have some applications to our lives and I thought about the story of Amnon and Tamar, half-brother/sister by their father, King David. When asked about what this has to do with our…

5 Lessons from Psalm 51.

November 3, 2014. There are few more emotional psalms in my opinion than Psalm 51. As many of you may know, Psalm 51 is written by David in response to his infamous sting of sins that he committed as he sat on the throne of Israel and coveted Bathsheba, one of his mighty men’s wife….

Good intentions versus the will of God.

January 10, 2014. Is it possible to have a good thought that goes against the will of God? Think about that question for a few minutes. Are good thoughts and/or good intentions every contrary to the will of God? This probably seems like a weird question, or maybe a question with an obvious answer, but…

Pride.

January 6, 2014. Today is the first day of classes at UTC and with it brings so many people that I love back together once again. It’s good to be back. This semester I want to make some changes in the relationships I have with friends and acquaintances; not because they have been bad in…