The Joy of Return

Psalm 126: 5  Those who sow in tears Shall reap in joy. Among all the things reaping harvest brings, joy is preeminent. There’s joy in the abundance and resulting nourishment, even more seed to sow for another harvest. In our passage today the harvest of joy was reaped when Israel returned to Jerusalem during the…

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Security & Stability of Trust

Psalm 125: 1  Those who trust in the Lord Are like Mount Zion, Which cannot be moved, but abides forever. Trusting in the Lord provides security and stability.  He surrounds us with Himself and reigns over the affairs of our lives. The key is trust, a confidence not based on observable or quantified data; but in God…

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Fixed Gaze

Psalm 123:2   Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, So our eyes look to the Lord our God, Until He has mercy on us. This Psalm begins with “Unto You I lift up my eyes”!  The question arises, for “how…

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His Presence

Psalm 122:1   I was glad when they said to me,     “Let us go into the house of the Lord.” Written when David returned after Absalom’s insurrection the king could not wait to get back to Jerusalem, to the place of God’s house.  Keep in mind this is still the “tabernacle of David” as the temple was…

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Our Help, Our Hope

Psalm 121:1, 2   I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. Possibly contemplating his native land Israel, the Psalmist asks a question and then proceeds to answer it.  It wasn’t the “hills” that brought him aide, rather it was the Maker…

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Sources of Reviving

Psalm 119: 154, 156, 159   Revive me according to Your word….Revive me according to Your judgments…..Revive me, O Lord, according to Your lovingkindness. Three resources for “reviving” are found in this section of our Psalm.  The Word of God revives us in the midst of confrontations with the enemy.  The Law of God (judgments) revives us…

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Certain Direction

Psalm 119:105    Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. In a culture counter to Kingdom Culture, confident direction seems impossible.  That doesn’t have to be the case for the saint of God. The Word of God illuminates our path so that we know our next step and the general…

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Certain Hope

Psalm 119: 81 My soul faints for Your salvation, But I hope in Your word. A special word of encouragement for all the mother’s and ladies in our lives. Reading this title genders a quandary, based on our understanding of “hope”. Many believe hope is a synonym of wish, which is primarily based on figments…

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Affliction From God?

Psalm 119: 75   I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are right, And that in faithfulness You have afflicted me. Affliction from God?  Yes, but let’s define it first.  Affliction isn’t physical illness or disease; rather affliction is correction or another scriptural term might be to chasten.  One of the sub themes of this Psalm is affliction and…

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Responding to Conviction

Psalm 119: 59   I thought about my ways, And turned my feet to Your testimonies. Conviction draws, condemnation drives!  We see that evidenced as the Psalmist found himself enticed and potentially ensnared by temptation to transgress. Conviction initiated in our minds (conscience) is a means by which God delights to “draw” us back to Himself…

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