In the KJV, this psalm has an inscription, “A Song of Degrees,” but in the NASV and NIV, it is translated “A Song of Ascents,” while Moffatt renders it “A Pilgrim Song.” There are some 15 psalms (120-134) which are considered Songs of Ascents. It is generally believed that these psalms were memorized and sung by Jewish travelers as they traveled to worship in Jerusalem. Notice the statement, “These things I remember and I pour out my soul ...Read the rest -->
While there have been speculations as to when this psalm was written, the truth is nobody knows the actual date. It is one of the psalms sung at the end of the Passover celebration and could have been among the possible hymns used by Jesus and His disciples on the night of the Last Supper.
Man often lives as if he is lost, stumbling around, powerless, overwhelmed by the world around him. The reason for ...Read the rest -->
This psalm has been precious to many of God’s people because it portrays the scene in many lives. When life tumbles in on us and we look around at the wicked, it seems that they prosper while the righteous suffer. I believe that much of the preaching in the religious world leaves the impression that when people become Christians, God will deliver them from their trials and difficulties in life. Especially is this seen in the so-called “Health ...Read the rest -->
How Will Your Life End?
F. B. Meyer said to a friend, “I do hope my Father will let the river of my life go flowing fully until the finish because I don’t want it to end in a swamp.” Dr. William Culbertson used to pray, “Lord, help us to end well!”
This psalm was written by a saint who wanted his life to end well. He understood that old ...Read the rest -->
The background for this psalm is I Samuel:11-12. David had committed the sin of adultery with Bathsheba and because of the pregnancy that followed, he tried to cover the sin by having her husband brought home from the battlefield thinking he would have relations with his wife. Uriah, the Hittite, refused to go to his home, and failing at this attempt to cover up his sin, David had him killed in battle. The way of the transgressor is ...Read the rest -->
Depression is defined as a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and lack of activity. It involves the inability to concentrate, insomnia, loss of appetite, feelings of extreme sadness, guilt, helplessness and hopelessness. Depression prevents you from enjoying and living your life with happiness and joy. It lowers your self-esteem and sense of self-worth. Your life become a mess, and you make excuses to alienate yourself from others. You might think about suicide because you ...Read the rest -->
Some consider this a psalm of thanksgiving, but I believe it is more a hymn of praise to be sung in the worshiping community. David urges his fellow-worshippers to magnify the Lord with him (v. 3). The purpose is to teach the congregation as stated in verse 11, “Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.” This is the great need of all mankind, whether admitted or not. As human beings, ...Read the rest -->
In this majestic psalm, the writer presents God’s glory as revealed in the fabulous Creation and in the beautiful and powerful Word, and then presents to us the response we should have to this marvelous revelation of God. It is no wonder that C. S. Lewis wrote: “I take this Psalm 19 to be the greatest poem in the Psalter and one of the greatest lyrics in the world.”
In the first six verses, there are numerous terms that speak of ...Read the rest -->
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This psalm opens with an example of Hebrew parallelism in which the words of two or more lines of text are directly related in some way. This is often found in the Psalms and Proverbs. Notice the question by the writer: “O Lord, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy ...Read the rest -->
O Lord, who may abide in Your tent?
Who may dwell on Your holy hill?
2 He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness,
And speaks truth in his heart.
3 He does not slander with his tongue,
Nor does evil to his neighbor,
Nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
4 In whose eyes a reprobate is despised, ...Read the rest -->