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This blog page is here with the intention of expanding your knowledge of God and his Word; as well as to provide some devotional thoughts for your spiritual growth.

Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 3 “I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the LORD sustained me.” ~ Psalm 3:5 Although our current Bible translations provide their own titles for each psalm (my ESV Bible says “Save Me, O My God”), this is the first psalm in the psalter to have a title descriptor in the original…

Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 2 “ ‘As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.’ “ ~ Psalm 2:6 In Psalm 1 we clearly learned that ‘Blessed is the man who delights in and meditates on the Word of the LORD’.  In Psalm 2, we learn that ‘Blessed are all who take refuge in…

Bible Catechism: The Doctrine of Man

Question | Why did God create man? Answer | God created man by His will, according to His pleasure, and for His glory. He made all people to glorify Him by knowing, trusting, obeying, and enjoying Him forever. Scripture | 1 Corinthians 10:31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Explanation | We’ve already…

Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 1 “Blessed is the man…” ~ Psalm 1:1a This Psalm is likely familiar to many and perhaps beloved by many…and rightly so.  Not only is this psalm a proper and fitting introduction to the book of the psalms, but it is fitting and proper in setting the stage to all of God’s Word.  It…

Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 150 “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!” ~ Psalm 150:6 We praise the LORD with heart and voice and instrumentation.  If you have breath (which comes from the LORD), you should be praising the LORD.  We praise him in all places, at all times, for all things.  His words,…

Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 149 “For the LORD takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation.” ~ Psalm 149:4 This is a psalm that has me thinking deeply.  In simple terms, it is a psalm that clearly directs me to “Praise the LORD!” (v.1,9), and to do so with singing and instrumentation and dancing (yes!…the…

Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 148 “Praise the LORD!…Praise the LORD!” ~ Psalm 148:1a,14b Psalm 148 is an unmistakable psalm of praise.  It is also unmistakable who is to give this praise (hosts of angels, sun/moon/stars, inanimate creation, all beasts/livestock/creeping things/birds, kings and all peoples, men and women, young and old); and to whom the praise is due (the…

Bible Catechism: The Doctrine of Man

Question | How did God create man? Answer | God created Adam and Eve directly, as the first man and woman. He blessed them, told them to have children, and through them continues giving life to all people as their descendants.  Scripture | Acts 17:26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of…

Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 147 “But the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.” ~ Psalm 147:11 Our LORD is great and abundant in power (v.5).  His understanding is beyond measure (v.5).  Mine is not.  I have 5 kids and it seems like I can’t call them by the…

Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 146 “Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul! I will praise the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being….Praise the LORD!” ~ Psalm 146:1-2,10b We were created to give praise.  This is stated 5 times in this psalm.  But we are…