Psalm 135-138: The steadfast love of the Lord.

December 16, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 135-138. Background: Psalm 132-134. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 135 Praising the Lord: This is a psalm about praising the Lord, calling all His servants into His praise. The psalmist calls for praise to the Lord because He is good and His name is pleasant. The Lord had chosen the…

Psalm 116-118: The love of the Lord endures forever.

October 28, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 116-118. Background: Psalm 114-115. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 116 The Lord delivers: This is a psalm of thanks to the Lord, acknowledging the Lord’s hearing and answering the prayers of the psalmist, delivering him from the snares of death and Sheol. The psalmist proclaims his love for the Lord…

I Chronicles 15-19: Moving the ark the right way.

September 22, 2015. Daily Reading: I Chronicles 15-19. Background: I Chronicles 11-14. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 15 Bringing the ark to Jerusalem the right way: Back in chapter 13, we saw David try to bring the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem, but he did it in a way that he thought was best, and…

Psalm 99-101: The Lord is holy.

September 16, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 99-101. Background: Psalm 96-98. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 99 The Lord our God is Holy: This is a psalm of praise and identification of the Lord in His holiness. The psalm opens with the reigning Lord, in glorious power, causing the whole earth to quake. Peoples of all nations are…

Psalm 93-95: Glory, vengeance and praise.

September 2, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 93-95. Background: Psalm 90-92. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 93 The Lord Reigns: This is a psalm of praise, ascribing power and authority to the Lord who reigns on high. We open with a royal picture of a reigning king, robed in majesty, sitting on a thrown that has been…

Psalm 75-77: Fear the Lord.

July 1, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 75-77. Background: Psalm 72-74. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 75 Praise for His works: This psalm is a song of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord, positioning Him above all the inhabitants of the earth. After the opening that details what the song is about, the psalm turns to the…

Colossians 1-2: The preeminent Christ.

June 28, 2015. Daily Reading: Colossians 1-2. Background: Paul’s letter to the church at Colossae is unique in the sense that this was not a church that had been originally founded on one of his missionary journeys, nor was it one to which he had personally visited (see 1:7, 2:1). It could have been founded…

Holy and True, my Lord, my God.

December 19, 2014. Holy and True, my Lord, my God, Holy and True, divine. Blessed are you, my Lord, my God, Blessed are you, sublime. Woe is to him, who will not see, Woe is to him, below, Take pity on him, my Lord, my God, Take pity on him, and him show. For you…

A psalm of thanksgiving and praise.

November 27, 2014. “For long ago in the days of David and Asaph there were directors of the singers, and there were songs of praise and thanksgiving to God. And all Israel in the days of Zerubbabel and in the days of Nehemiah gave the daily portions for the singers and the gatekeepers; and they set apart that which was…

Grace.

March 9, 2014. “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character…