347 - Living in the Midst of Fear

May 17, 2016
In Psalm 56, during a very dark time in David's life, he wrote the following:

Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.  In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; (therefore) I will not fear.  What can flesh (or, man) do to me?

James Montgomery Boice said:  "Man can oppress, slander, hurt, hate, maim, and murder me, for starters.  But, of course, that is not the answer David is giving us in Psalm 56.  His answer is: Nothing!"

And he's right.  What can man do to me?  Nothing.  Absolutely nothing?  Why?  Because "God is for me" (Psalm 56:9).  Do you want to know how to live in the midst of fear?  Do you want to know how to not let your view of God limit you because He is too small.  If so, then keep listening.

The following is a study on Psalm 56.


329 - How to Approach the Lord

November 23, 2015
The Scriptures talk much about how to approach the Lord or how to "come into His presence" (Ps. 95:2).  From the words to Moses at the burning bush:  "Do not draw near this place.  Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground" (Ex. 3:5), to the invitation from Christ:  "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matt. 11:28)— we see examples of how to come near to the Holy One.

But there's one place in Scripture that reveals more about how to approach the Lord than any other.  And that is found in Psalm 100.  Or, as Spurgeon called it, "the ol' one hundred."

So join with me as we discover what it means to "Come before His presence with singing" and to "Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise" (Ps. 100:2, 4).  I think you'll be surprised.  Why?  Because it doesn't mean what you think it means.

Want to know more?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on Psalm 100:1-5.


275 - I Shall Not Want

December 8, 2014
The cherished and beloved 23rd Psalm begins with both a statement and a promise.  The statement:  The Lord is my shepherd.  And the promise:  I shall not want.

It seems like the rest of the Psalm simply elaborates on this wonderful promise.  For example, I will not want for:

Food -  because I am made to "lie down in green pastures" (23:2)
Refreshment -  because "He leads me beside the still waters" (23:2)
Forgiveness and Renewal of Spirit -  because "He restores my soul" (23:3)
Direction and Guidance -  because "He leads me in the paths of righteousness" (23:3)
Fear of Failure and Death -  because "I will fear no evil in the valley of the shadow of death" (23:4)
His Presence, Acceptance -  because "You are with me" (23:4)
Comfort and Peace -  because "Your rod and Your staff they comfort me" (23:4)
Victory in the Face of Our Enemies -  because "You prepare a table before me in the presence of My enemies" (23:5)

Do you want to know more?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on Psalm 23:1-2.


266 - Loving the Gift More than the Giver

October 12, 2014
How can we know and experience the Love of God (1 John 4:8) when we are often surrounded by pain and despair, broken lives and broken marriages, sickness, disease, rejection and betrayal, and everything else that makes up living with fallen people in a fallen world?  

How can we, like Job, confidently say:  "Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him" (Job 13:15)?  

How can we live like that?  How can we have the faith that trusts in Him regardless of the circumstances?  How is that even possible?

Want to know the answer to these questions?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on Psalm 27:1-14.


221 - The Illegitimate Son of God

November 24, 2013

Psalm 69 gives us a chilling insight into the life of Jesus as a young boy being raised in the home of Mary and Joseph. After all, we know He had 4 brothers and at least two sisters. What must His life been like during His teenage years.

From Psalm 69:

I have become a stranger to my brothers, and an alien to my mother’s children. Because zeal for Your house has eaten me up, and the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me.

Want to know more about the suffering that Jesus endured before His introduction by John the Baptist? Then keep listening.


199 - I Was Lost Before I Was Born

April 5, 2013
Living in our culture we sometimes feel that we are the most blessed and beautiful people God ever created.  "After all," we reason, "we will just make heaven brighter by being there."  Really?

But then David, a man after God's own heart, reveals this about himself:

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.

Wow.  So much for positive thinking, David.  But, could he be on to something?  Does David have the correct picture of mankind?

To find out, keep listening.

The following is a study on Psalm 51:2-6.

198 - The Forgotten Word: Mercy

April 3, 2013
When we recognize the dark, deep gravity of our sin we no longer are content to say, somewhat callously, "Oh, my bad, sorry."  Instead, we cry out for something that is seldom mentioned today.  We cry out for that one forgotten word:  Mercy.

Consider the words of David in Psalm 51:

"Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions."

David has come to understand the proper view of his sin.  He doesn't pray for mere forgiveness, but pleads and begs for mercy.  Did you ever wonder why?

Then keep listening. 

The following is a study on Psalm 51.

196 - Sin That is Hard to Forgive and Impossible to Forget

January 27, 2013
Psalm 51 is the greatest of all the Psalms of repentance.  In it, David pours out his heart to the Lord, begging that he not suffer forever the consequences of his sin.  And God forgives David's sin, but the consequences remain.

The Psalm begins with this short introduction:

To the Chief Musician.  A Psalm of David when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone to Bathsheba.

Ah, now we know the setting of the sin... the all-too-familiar story of David and Bathsheba.  But, as with most of Scripture, there is much more to this story than we might think.

Want to see a bigger picture of Psalm 51?  Keep listening.

The following is a study on Psalm 51.

142 - “I Think it Means What it Says!”

January 29, 2011
A couple of quick questions: 

Are you tired of living the high points of your spiritual life on the backs of long-ago, past dead Christian heroes?  You know, we talk about the child-like faith of George Muller, the courage of Corrie Ten Boom or the single-minded devotion of Jim Elliott... but what about us?  What about you and me?  What would you give to live the truly "abundant life" that Jesus held out before His disciples? 

Do you think a life like that is possible?  For you?  For anybody? 

And if it is, what must we do to enter into the realm of spiritual fervency that produces the kind of spiritual fruit the Lord longs for?

The following is a study on Psalm 1.

141 - “I have sinned against the Lord!”

January 11, 2011
When we sin, there are three people we need to ask for forgiveness. 

The first, obviously, is the Lord.  And He promises in 1 John 1:9 to "forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 

The second person is, of course, the one whom we've hurt.  We are to go to our brother and ask their forgiveness for whatever we have done against them.  And, they will either forgive us... or not. 

The last person we need to forgive is ourselves.  And often this is the hardest.  But if Christ has already forgiven us and we refuse to do likewise, does that make our standards of forgiveness higher than His?  Great question.

The following is a study on Psalm 51.