Blessed Is the Man | Psalm 1:1

Blessed is the man… Psalm 1:1 ESV Psalm 1 is the prelude, the opening doxology, to the rest of the Psalter, and it describes a theme that runs throughout the Bible. Genesis 2-3 describes this theme as the choice between the words of God or of Satan. Proverbs calls it the choice between wisdom or …

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Rooted & Unwithered: Meditating Through Psalm 1

Psalm 1 is a well that does not run dry. For many who grow up in the faith, it is among the first passages of Scripture that they memorize, but even still, its six short verses quite easily bear the weight of a lifetime of meditation. Indeed, in calling us to meditate on God’s law …

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Prince of Peace | Isaiah 9:6

and his name shall be calledWonderful Counselor,Mighty God,Everlasting Father,Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 ESV For the Hebrews, peace encompassed more than just the absence of war and strife. Peace was the state of perfect existence, the world as it was meant to be. Peace is what we were made for, the nagging feeling in our …

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Everlasting Father | Isaiah 9:6

and his name shall be calledWonderful Counselor,Mighty God,Everlasting Father,Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 ESV The third title that is given here in Isaiah 9:6 for the Christ is a rather interesting one: Everlasting Father. With the full revelation of Scripture now before us, we know that our great God is triune, three persons yet one …

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Mighty God | Isaiah 9:6

and his name shall be calledWonderful Counselor,Mighty God,Everlasting Father,Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 ESV As we continue our Advent meditations upon the four names given to the Christ in Isaiah 9:6, we come to the second title: Mighty God. The Christ is not only Wisdom made flesh; He is also a king of might. This …

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Wonderful Counselor | Isaiah 9:6

and his name shall be calledWonderful Counselor,Mighty God,Everlasting Father,Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 ESV Although back in 2018 I preached an Advent sermon over Isaiah 9:1-7, I am turning there again for this Advent season. More specifically, I am focusing upon only verse 6, and even more narrowly, we will be meditating upon the four …

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Do Not Bring Us Up from Here | Exodus 33:15

And he said to him, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here. Exodus 33:15 ESV In God’s anger, He was prepared to send the Israelites into the Promised Land without His presence. God is always faithful to keep His promises, and, because of His promise to Abraham, …

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The Insolent Utterly Deride Me | Psalm 119:51

The insolent utterly deride me,but I do not turn away from your law. Psalm 119:51 ESV In this verse, the psalmist resolves that the derision of the insolent will not turn him away from God's law. We can safely root his determination in two previous verses. First, we need only to look back to the …

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Your Promise Gives Me Life | Psalm 119:50

This is my comfort in my affliction,that your promise gives me life. Psalm 119:50 ESV Here again we see the theme of affliction coming up as the psalmist meditates upon his deep love for God’s eternal Word. Of course, Scripture is clear that the believer's life will be marked by suffering, tribulation, and affliction. Paul …

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Hardened Hearts | Romans 11:9

And David says,“Let their table become a snare and a trap,a stumbling block and a retribution for them” Romans 11:9 If there is any idea in the Bible that is difficult to hear, it is that God hardens hearts. However, when reading through the Bible, one is forced to confront this reality. The most glaring …

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