When I Think on My Ways | Psalm 119:59

When I think on my ways,I turn my feet to your testimonies; Psalm 119:59 ESV Thus far, in our present stanza, the psalmist has confessed that the LORD is his portion and promised to keep His word; however, knowing his sinfulness, he also entreated the LORD’s favor, not according to his good works but according …

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I Entreat Your Favor | Psalm 119:58

I entreat your favor with all my heart;be gracious to me according to your promise. Psalm 119:58 ESV As we gaze upon this verse, we should note that the two lines are essentially the same. Especially within the Old Testament, the favor of God is much the same as the grace of God. For instance, …

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The Church Isn’t an Organization or a Movement; It’s a Household

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God Ephesians 2:19 ESV When discussing the nature of the church, it is not uncommon to hear two concepts being proposed. One says that the church is an organization or corporation, and …

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The LORD Is My Portion | Psalm 119:57

The LORD is my portion;I promise to keep your words. Psalm 119:57 ESV Here we arrive at the eighth stanza of Psalm 119, where each of its eight verses begins with the Hebrew letter heth. This first verse begins with two related declarations: The LORD is my portion and I promise to keep your words. …

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This Blessing Has Fallen to Me | Psalm 119:56

This blessing has fallen to me,that I have kept your precepts. Psalm 119:56 ESV We come now to the final verse of stanza Zayin of Psalm 119, and within the first line we find a difficulty. The psalmist declares, "this blessing has fallen to me..." And the question immediately before us is: which blessing? The …

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I Remember Your Name in the Night, O Lord | Psalm 119:55

I remember your name in the night, O LORD,and keep your law. Psalm 119:55 ESV Here the psalmist declares that his nightly meditation is upon the name of the LORD. As he lay in his bed, he thinks upon the nature and goodness of his God, for God’s name reflects His character. We observed this, …

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Hot Indignation Seizes Me | Psalm 119:53

Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked,who forsake your law. Psalm 119:53 ESV Indignation is anger that specifically arises over unfair treatment or, we might say, over inequality or injustice being committed. Given that justice and equality are chief topics at present, it should not surprise us also to find much indignation within public …

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Pride Will Bring Him Low | Proverbs 29:23

One’s pride will bring him low,but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor. Proverbs 29:23 ESV We only need to survey the culture around us to find evidence that the first half of this proverb is true. Secularized individuals (I say this instead of secularists simply because many people would certainly not call …

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Scoffer Is His Name | Proverbs 21:24

“Scoffer” is the name of the arrogant, haughty manwho acts with arrogant pride. Proverbs 21:24 ESV Proverbs does not speak well of scoffers. They "seek wisdom in vain" (14:6) because they do "not like to be reproved; he will not go to the wise" (15:12). They "set a city aflame" (29:8) and are "an abomination …

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Pride Goes Before Destruction | Proverbs 16:18

Pride goes before destruction,and a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18 ESV "Pride goes before a fall." Surely that is saying that we are all familiar with, and it derives from this verse of Scripture. Indeed, while it is not a direct quotation, it certainly summarizes the two lines down to one terse statement. …

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