Psalm 36-38: Appeals to God.

April 1, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 36-38. Background: Psalm 33-35. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 36 Contrast between the wicked and righteousness: In this psalm, David gives a contrast between the wicked and the Lord’s righteousness, with an ending plea for the Lord to remember him as righteous. The psalm opens with a picture of the…

Psalm 33-35: Shout to the Lord.

March 25, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 33-35. Background: Psalm 30-32. Chapter 33 Shout to the Lord: Psalm 33 is a wonderful psalm of praise that recaps the steadfast love and works that the Lord has done in all the earth. The praise of the Lord begins of the skill of the player praising the righteousness of…

Job 15-17: Miserable comforters.

February 26, 2015. Daily Reading: Job 15-17. Background: Job 12-14. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 15 Eliphaz’s answer and accusation. 1. “It’s because you don’t [insert criticism here] enough”: Often when we are trying to comfort someone that it pains us to see in the state that they are in, we want to help them help themselves….

Isaiah 29-33: Downfall, complacency and hope.

February 13, 2015. Daily Reading: Isaiah 29-33. Background: Isaiah 23-28. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 29 1. A spirit of deep sleep from the Lord: As with times before, this is yet another prophecy against Jerusalem for their disobedience and apostasy, foretelling of the calamity that was in store for them if they would not repent and…

A prayer for awakening.

December 30, 2014. “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. “‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found…

Psalm to remove frustration.

December 11, 2014. “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.” (Ephesians 4:26-27) Boiling, boiling in my bones, it rises from within. Sequestered deep, deep inside, Do not let it the battle win. In, in, in the veins, coursing throughout the body,…

Of labor and rest.

December 9, 2014. “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.” (Psalm 127:1-2) Try, they try, and…

A psalm of the weary.

November 29, 2014. “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?” (Psalm 13:1) Holding On In times of darkness, in depths of thought, In words of comfort all for naught, Oh Lord it is to you I cry, And ask the question, Why, Lord, why?…

Protecting against burn out.

October 29, 2014. If you know anything about me, you know that at times I can be somewhat of a “yes man” when it comes to helping people with projects or getting things done, especially when they involved a specific skill that I might have that they don’t. I tend to take on a lot…

Psalm of a contrite heart.

October 24, 2014. When I look high into the night sky, and wonder why time passes by, or why I rely on man’s own eye- To fix the damage that I did. I see my pride to say that I, could fight my battles, with deafening lie, should I alone myself stand by, Forgetting the reason…

4 lessons on change: the transformation of Peter.

September 13, 2014. One of the best things that I have been able to do now that I have moved away from familiar surroundings and situations is to focus on who I am and who I want to be, and work on reaching self improvement goals. I didn’t realize that this is what I was…

The Lord will provide.

August 7, 2014. “When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his…