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Psalm 73:1 – Surely God is Good!

The first line of Psalm 73 may have been a popular proverb at the time the Psalm was written. At the very least, it is a common theme in the Psalms. Those who are the true worshipers of God are pure in heart. In Psalm 24, for example, only those who...
by Reading Acts on Aug 24, 2015

Clerk and Dagger

Recently I had the sad duty to list a contributor to a volume as deceased. The standard means of doing so in typography is with a symbol called a dagger (†). When I was young, I thought this was intended … Continue reading →...

Psalm 49 – The Folly of Wealth

Psalm 49 describes the fate of the wealthy. Wisdom literature in general has a great deal to say about the folly of relying on one’s personal wealth. Despite this, it seems like contemporary American culture (especially conservative evangelica...
by Reading Acts on Aug 20, 2015

Psalm 49: Singing Wisdom

How did a wisdom Psalm function as a worship song?  Psalm 49 is an example of setting a wisdom theme to music, although these themes are not typically part of modern worship. When was the last time you heard a praise and worship song on the futility...
by Reading Acts on Aug 18, 2015

The Promise of His Presence and Protection - Part 5 of Walking Through Grief with the 23rd Psalm

"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me." Psalm 23:4 (NKJV)It is easy to read this verse and focus solely on the valley of the sh...
by The Good Life on Aug 17, 2015

Psalm 49:1-4 – An Invitation to Wisdom

Psalm 49 is a wisdom song with many similarities to both Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. Wisdom literature is primarily found in the books of Proverbs, Job and Ecclesiastes, although proverbs and “wise sayings” appear in virtually every book of the H...
by Reading Acts on Aug 17, 2015

Psalm 37:34-40 – The Wise will Wait upon the Lord

In most Wisdom literature, the one who has hope in the Lord will succeed even if the wicked seem to prosper now. Psalm 37 describes the wise as “waiting for the Lord.” This refers to placing hope in the Lord to keep his promises of loving care fo...
by Reading Acts on Aug 11, 2015

Psalm 37:1-6 – Why Worry About the Wicked?

Do not worry about the wicked (v. 1-2). Fret and envy seem like two different ideas in English, although they are used parallel here in Psalm 37. To “fret” in Hebrew (hitpael of חרה) as the sense of burning with anger, a “passionate intensit...
by Reading Acts on Aug 10, 2015

Psalm 36:5-9 – The Lord’s Great Love

Allen Ross points out the psalmist does not compare his righteous heart to the wicked person. Most people would expect the writer to say “but not so me!” after this picture of the person who lives in total ignorance of impending doom. (Something...
by Reading Acts on Aug 5, 2015

Psalm 36:1-4 – The Dread of the Lord

This is not the usual word used for “fear of the Lord.” This word (פַּחַד) has the connotation of terror or dread, the kind of fear that makes you tremble. It is used in passages where God’s wrath is poured out on an enemy (“the dread o...
by Reading Acts on Aug 4, 2015

Translating Psalm 36:1

I have been teaching through some of the Wisdom Psalms in my Summer Bible Study series at church. Psalm 36:1 presents several unusual challenges for a teacher since translations vary greatly: NIV: I have a message from God in my heart concerning the...
by Reading Acts on Aug 3, 2015

the singers had built themselves villages all around Jerusalem

The singing watchman reads further today on the role and holy and spiritual ministry of singers and songs in the ancient times when priests and Levites were appointed to play … Continue reading →...

The Reign of Rain

I’m on vacation for a week. My job is such that taking vacation is becoming a rare commodity, what with precious few allotted days and move-in, move-out schedules of a collegiate child, and so on. And also company policy about … Continue...

singing with grace in your heart for God

Today’s message: singing with grace in your heart for God. Character of the New Man 12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, … Continue reading →...

Psalm 19:7-11 – The Perfection of God’s Word

The first six verses of the Psalm described God’s continuous silent revelation of his existence and attributes to the whole world. Despite the testimony of creation, not all people recognize the God of creation and fail to give him his proper glory...
by Reading Acts on Jul 28, 2015

Psalm 19:1-6 – The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

The first half of Psalm 19 is a meditation on Genesis 1. Heavens and sky refer to all of creation. The “heavens” is the atmosphere in this case, and the skies are the firmament from Gen 1:7 (רָקִיעַ). In the worldview of the Ancient Near e...
by Reading Acts on Jul 27, 2015

The Promise of Restoration - Part 4 of Walking Through Grief with the 23rd Psalm

"He leads me beside the still waters, he restores my soul." Psalm 23:2b-3One of the hardest aspects of losing a loved one is the fact that life will never be the same again. As I have said before, you never get over it. You may adjust and life will g...
by The Good Life on Jul 21, 2015

Psalm 1:4-5 – Defining the “Righteous”

Psalm 1:4-5 says the wicked will not “stand in the judgment” or “in the congregation of the righteous.” These two descriptions indicate the wicked will be expelled from the people of God. Standing in judgment puts this psalm in an eschatologi...
by Reading Acts on Jul 14, 2015

Psalm 1:2-3 – “Like a Tree”

[NB:  I am teaching through some of the wisdom Psalms this summer at Rush Creek, so I thought I would use some of this material here.] In Psalm 1:2-3 the one who is actively avoiding fools delights themselves with the Law of the Lord. The Word of t...
by Reading Acts on Jul 13, 2015

Moments of Abundance In Times of Great Loss - Part 3 of Walking Through Grief with the 23rd Psalm

"He makes me lie down in green pastures." Psalm 23:2aDavid is a master at painting word pictures, especially in this Psalm. There is such depth contained in his words that I could write volumes on each sentence. If you have ever experienced the loss...
by The Good Life on Jul 12, 2015


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