Turn Away the Reproach That I Dread | Psalm 119:39

Turn away the reproach that I dread,for your rules are good. Psalm 119:39 ESV After praying to behold the confirmation of God’s promise with the Scriptures, the psalmist now prays for the LORD to turn away the reproach that I dread. The most natural question to ask is: What kind of reproach does he dread? …

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The Parable of the Sower | Mark 4:13-20

And he said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? The sower sows the word. And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. And these …

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Turn My Eyes from Looking at Worthless Things | Psalm 119:37

Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things;and give me life in your ways. Psalm 119:37 ESV “The eye is not satisfied with seeing…” (Ecclesiastes 1:8). Despite the very best efforts of streaming services like Netflix, the Preacher’s words still remain true. Our eyes now have literally more content to view than can possibly be …

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Incline My Heart to Your Testimonies | Psalm 119:36

Incline my heart to your testimonies,and not to selfish gain! Psalm 119:36 ESV Recently, my wife and I were reminded by the author of one of our daughter’s books that “you don’t need to teach children to do wrong but you do need to teach them to do right—and to trust in the only one …

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Lead Me in the Path of Your Commandments | Psalm 119:35

Lead me in the path of your commandments,for I delight in it. Psalm 119:35 ESV Who delights in following commandments? Sadly, most of us do not. As our original father and mother did in the garden so we also follow their example by constantly pressing back against the regulations that God imposes upon us, for …

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Like Newborn Infants | 1 Peter 2:2

Like newborn infants, long of the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation 1 Peter 2:2 ESV Although my second child still less than a week old, I am already joyfully learning from her. You see, this verse keeps coming to my mind as I continuously observe her devoting herself …

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The Way of Your Statutes | Psalm 119:33

Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes;and I will keep it to the end. Psalm 119:33 ESV The psalmist begins the fifth stanza, he, with a prayer that is quickly becoming a refrain of this psalm: teach me your statutes. We should notice, of course, that while both verse 12 and verse 26 …

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Enlarge My Heart | Psalm 119:32

I will run in the way of your commandmentswhen you enlarge my heart! Psalm 119:32 ESV We come now to the concluding verse of stanza daleth, and it is remarkably different from where the stanza began. The psalmist opened with the lament that his soul was clinging to the dust, and he called for the …

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I Cling to Your Testimonies | Psalm 119:31

I cling to your testimonies, O LORD;let me not be put to shame! Psalm 119:31 ESV Continuing on from the psalmist’s previous two declarations to put away false ways and to walk in the way of faithfulness through knowing and following God’s law, the writer now cries for the LORD to keep him from being …

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I Have Chosen the Way of Faithfulness | Psalm 119:30

I have chosen the way of faithfulness;I set your rules before me. Psalm 119:30 ESV This verse very much piggybacks onto the previous one. Where the psalmist spoke of putting away all false ways in verse 29, now he resolutely declares his commitment to the way of faithfulness. And where he previously prayed for God’s …

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