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Psalm 18:18-24

December 16, 2022

Psalm 18:18-24, ESV
They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the LORD was my support. He brought me out into a broad place; He rescued me, because He delighted in me. The LORD dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands He rewarded me. For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God. For all His rules were before me, and His statutes I did not put away from me. I was blameless before Him, and I kept myself from my guilt.

So the LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in His sight.

Psalm 18:18-24, JN paraphrase
Yes, LORD, You have brought me into a broad and pleasant place, for You love me, but not because of my righteousness or the cleanness of my hands. The righteousness is the righteousness of the Lamb of God, the One chosen before the creation; the cleanness of His hands provides my entry into that broad and pleasant place. His obedience and blamelessness brought me into the family of the most High.


Psalm 25:1-5

November 26, 2022

Psalm 25:1-5, ESV
Of David. To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me. Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.

Psalm 25:1-5, JN paraphrase
LORD, remember me at all times, my trust is in You and no one else. The on;y ones who will be ashamed are the ones who are deliberately treacherous. Lead me in the way I should go, for You are the God of my salvation.

Recommended Reading

Man, The Dwelling Place of God by AW Tozer. Another precious book in anyone’s library.

Psalm 24:7-10

November 25, 2022

Psalm 24:7-10, ESV
Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle! Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory! Selah.

Psalm 24:7-10, JN paraphrase
Put no blockades in the path of the King of Glory for He is strong and mighty in battle. The gates of Glory are to welcome Him in and not offer any resistance for He is the LORD of hosts, the King of Glory.

Recommended Reading

The Thursday afternoon study group took Thanksgiving afternoon off to join our families on Thanksgiving dinner. Sure wish all the readers of this column could join us. What a time we would have together.

Psalm 119:65-72

November 20, 2022

Psalm 119:65-72, ESV
Teth You have dealt well with your servant, O LORD, according to your word. Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments. Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word. You are good and do good; teach me your statutes. The insolent smear me with lies, but with my whole heart I keep your precepts; their heart is unfeeling like fat, but I delight in your law. It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes. The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

Psalm 119:65-72, JN paraphrase
Thank You, LORD, that You have taught me good judgment in the application of Your Word. You have taught me Your statues, Your precepts, Your law. All are indeed more valuable thousands of pieces of gold and silver.

Recommended Reading

Time to switch back for an evening with A.W. Tozer and his thoughts in Man, The Dwelling Place of God in the chapter on “God must be loved for Himself.” A sufficiently intriguing chapter simply based on the title alone.

Psalm 24:1-6

November 18, 2022

Psalm 24:1-6, ESV
Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.

Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah

Psalm 24:1-6, JN paraphrase
Three major points established here. The first is that the earth (read all of creation) is the possession of the LORD, God, the Almighty. Completely and totally. The second is that He sets the conditions of entry and participation. Lastly, an except-able individual will display the blessings and righteousness of the LORD.

Recommended Reading

Our Thursday study group met for 2 hours this afternoon and managed to dig into slightly more that three pages of Packer’s Knowing God, Chapter 12, “The Love of God.” This book deserves to be studied this way, With patience and love.

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