By Streams of Water | Psalm 1:3

planted by streams of water Psalm 1:3 ESV Verse 3, as noted previously, is the psalmist’s continued description of the blessed man. Through the metaphorical imagery of a tree, he is able to give us vivid conception of the stable and steady growth of him in whom the LORD delights. This verse then builds upon …

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He Meditates Day & Night | Psalm 1:2

and on his law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:2 ESV We last observed that those who are blessed by God do not merely avoid the corrupting influence of the wicked; instead, they are enraptured by a delight in God's law, His holy Word. Their greatest joy is hearing the voice of the Blessed …

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His Delight Is in the Law of the LORD | Psalm 1:2

but his delight is in the law of the LORD Psalm 1:2 ESV The first verse of Psalm 1 described to us what the blessed man, the one who dwells under the favor of God, is not. Particularly, the psalmist noted that he does not keep company with the wicked. Whether walking, standing, or sitting, …

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I Will Lift Up My Hands | Psalm 119:48

In order to attempt to do justice to chapter 2 of Calvin's Little Book on the Christian Life, that post will come on Friday this week rather than today. In exchange, I leave you with what was intended to be Friday's post. I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love,and I …

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Think About These Things | Philippians 4:8-9

This sermon was originally preached in 2018. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice …

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Take Not the Word of Truth Utterly Out of My Mouth | Psalm 119:43

And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,for my hope is in your rules. Psalm 119:43 ESV Again, this verse is bound to the one before it for a proper understanding. So far in our present stanza, Waw, the psalmist has cried out for God’s steadfast love and salvation to come …

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I Will Meditate on Your Wondrous Works | Psalm 119:27

Make me understand the way of your precepts,and I will meditate on your wondrous works. Psalm 119:27 ESV Although we discussed the overall structure and content of this verse last week, I found myself this week unable to move on to verse 28. I will meditate on your wondrous works latched itself onto my mind …

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Make Me Understand | Psalm 119:27

Make me understand the way of your precepts,and I will meditate on your wondrous works. Psalm 119:27 ESV Continuing the stanza of Psalm 119 which corresponds to the Hebrew letter daleth, we come now to verse 27 which very much piggybacks onto verse 26. In the previous verse, the psalmist laid his ways before the …

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I Will Meditate | Psalm 119:15

I will meditate on your preceptsand fix my eyes on your ways. Psalm 119:15 ESV In the penultimate verse of this stanza, the psalmist continues to his resolutions for how he will store God’s Word in his heart and guard his way with it. Just as he has determined to declare and delight in the …

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I Have Stored Up Your Word | Psalm 119:11

I have stored up your word in my heart,that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11 ESV We come now to one of the verses for which Psalm 119 is best known. As we mentioned previously, the driving theme of this second stanza is the psalmist’s pursuit and quest for purity, which he notes …

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