This is another spiritual practice that I do not do frequently enough. Paul advises us in the Second Book of Corinthians to think about good things, "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." (Philippians 4:8 English Standard … Continue reading Remember What the Lord Has Done for You
I am writing this post in part so as to convict myself because one of the things I do not do enough is testify of the good things that God has done for me, which are truly more numerous than the sands of the sea. I will testify as to some of them at the … Continue reading Testify!
In this Psalm David prays that the Lord will hear his petition for relief for he is sorely vexed by his enemies. He seeks comfort under the protection of the Lord and that the Lord may be mindful of him as if he were the apple of the Lord's eye. Hear a just cause, O … Continue reading Going Through the Psalms – Psalm 17 – The Apple of the Lord’s Eye
This Psalm is titled "A Miktam of David" and, as with the titles of previous psalms, there is a lack of clarity as to its meaning. C.H. Spurgeon bestows upon it the title of "Psalm of the Precious Jewel" and states that others have called it "The Golden Psalm," apparently both titles underscore its treasured … Continue reading Going Through the Psalms – Psalm 16 – Psalm of the Precious Jewel
This Psalm is titled "To the Choirmaster; according to the Sheminith. A Psalm of David." Once again this Psalm is intended to be set to music but it is unclear of what type. Given its dramatic nature, we could imagine it as an operatic lament as our hero David wonders where all the godly have … Continue reading Going Through the Psalms – Psalm 12 – The Godly One is Gone
It is not exactly clear when this Psalm was written. Some commentators speculate that it was written while David was in Saul's employ and was pondering an escape (see C.H. Spurgeon commentary and also W. Wilson notes therein). Others that it reflects a time when he had already fled Saul (see Thomas Fuller notes in … Continue reading Going Through the Psalms – Psalm 11 – To Flee or Not to Flee?
According to Martin Luther this Psalm was described by Augustine as the "Psalm of Antichrist" (see Martin Luther note in Psalm 10 by C. H. Spurgeon). Per Luther, "There is not, in my judgment, a Psalm which describes the mind, the manners, the feelings, and the fate of the ungodly with so much propriety, fullness, … Continue reading Going Through the Psalms – Psalm 10 – The Nature of the Wicked Man