Category: Psalms

The Impatient Journey

Ps. 13:1-3, ESV, “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?” “How long, O Lord?” is a question many of us have asked of the Lord in seasons of doubt or pain. We ask this question because we live in a fallen world. Each one of us are sinners by nature and by choice. Not only are we often painfully aware of...

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What Should We Think About the Imprecatory Psalms?

How should we make sense of the Imprecatory Psalms? Imprecatory Psalms (Pss 5, 10, 17, 35, 58, 59, 69, 70, 79, 83, 109, 129, 137, 140) are those Psalms which call upon God to destroy the wicked, and they include some of the most shocking words in the Bible. Take just a few examples. Psalm 35 provides one of the most acceptable imprecatory Psalms. Verses 4–6 read, Let them be put to shame and dishonor      who seek after my life! Let them be turned back and disappointed      who devise evil against me! Let them be like...

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The False Pleasure of Pornography and True Pleasures Always in the Lord

In the Bible, pleasure is an important subject. It’s important because what has captured our affections, and thus our pleasure is where our worship is going. In Psalm 16:11 it says, “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence, there is the fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Charles Spurgeon said, “The Lord Jesus is a deep sea of joy: my soul shall dive therein, shall be swallowed up in the delight.” You and I live in a culture of pleasure. With one click of your mouse from your mouse pad,...

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The Purifying Word in the Word of God

There is no book like God’s Book. Whether you are a spiritual baby or a mature saint, God’s Word applies to you! The Word of God has sanctifying power in the life of the believer. In Psalm 119:9-16, we see that God’s Word has the authority to sanctify the soul and enable one to walk in purity. In this biblical text, I want to draw your attention to the Psalmists important question in verse 9, and then his corresponding answer. Finally, we will look at the Psalmists practical steps for walking in purity. A Pressing and Personal Question about...

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Preaching the Psalms to Ourselves

Over the past decade, one thing has remained relatively constant in my Christian life, my love for the Psalms. At various times in the Psalms, the author is crying out to the Lord (Psalm 18:6) and pouring out the mess of his heart and life to Him. Then, he turns around and praises the Lord (Psalm 59:16). The Psalmist also calls out to the Lord who is His rock of refuge (Psalm 18:2), and help in time of need (Psalm 46:1). The Psalms are full of heavy theology. From Psalm 2 declaring the exaltation of the Lord to the...

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