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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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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Remember Your Word to Your Servant | Psalm 119:49

Here again is Psalm 119 on a Wednesday, while discussion over chapter 3 of Calvin's Little Book will be posted on Friday. I believe that I will make this scheduling switch for chapters 4-5 as well. Grace and peace. Remember your word to your servant,in which you have made me hope. Psalm 119:49 ESV Here …

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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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I Find My Delight in Your Commandments | Psalm 119:47

for I find my delight in your commandments,which I love. Psalm 119:47 ESV As is common to stanza waw, this verse is a continuation of the previous verse, in which the psalmist declared that he would speak of the testimonies of God before kings without shame. Of course, that verse too was rooted particularly in …

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I Will Also Speak of Your Testimonies Before Kings | Psalm 119:46

I will also speak of your testimonies before kingsand shall not be put to shame, Psalm 119:46 ESV Even though the ESV breaks this verse into a new sentence (unlike verses 41-42 and 44-45), this verse is still very much building upon those before it, which is evidenced by the word also. The psalmist is, …

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I Shall Walk in a Wide Place | Psalm 119:45

And I shall walk in a wide place,for I have sought your precepts. Psalm 119:45 ESV Given that this verse begins with the word and, we would do well to set it within the context of the previous verse: “I will keep your law continually, forever and ever” (v. 44). Having made that his intention, …

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I Will Keep Your Law Continually | Psalm 119:44

I will keep your law continually,forever and ever, Psalm 119:44 ESV After the twofold petition that the psalmist made in verses 41-43 (first for salvation, then for God’s Word not to be taken from him), the psalmist now moves into a series of declarations that will last the remainder of stanza waw. He begins with …

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