Daily Devotional

Who is like the Lord our God, Who dwells on High?

Psalm 113

This psalm is a hymn of praise and is the third psalm in a group of psalms known as the hallelujah psalms that were used in the celebration of Passover.  Psalms 113-118 have been called the Egyptian Hallel (praise).  Coffman points out that Psalms 113 and 114 were sung before the Passover meal; and Psalms 115-118 were sung after it.  The unknown author praises God for being so great and majestic because He is ...

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Will You Be Remembered Forever?

Psalm 112

Most writers believe this psalm is a twin to the previous psalm as if they are two parts of one psalm.  Together they remind the people of God’s redemption and illustrate the response of a proper life under His authority.  In this wisdom psalm the fate of the righteous man is contrasted with that of the wicked.  Both psalms begin with “Praise the Lord” which indicates they were used in congregational worship.  The author ...

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Is The Lord The Beginning of Wisdom to You?

Psalm 111

This psalm has often been called the “research scientist’s psalm” because of verse 2: “The works of the Lord are great, studied by all who have pleasure in them.”  A science laboratory in Cambridge, England, called the Cavendish Laboratory has inscribed over the entrance to its building as a charter for every believing scientist “Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them.” Geneticist R.J. Berry writes ...

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If David Called Jesus Lord, How Is He His Son?

Psalm 110

This incredibly fascinating psalm was written by David according to the superscription.  More importantly, Jesus quoted from this psalm in a discussion with the Pharisees (Matt. 22:41-46) to challenge them to explain how, since the Christ was to be David’s Son, David, in the Spirit, could call Him Lord.  Jesus established that David wrote this psalm and that he wrote by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.  Peter also quoted from this psalm to ...

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What Do You Do When Falsely Accused?

Psalm 109

H. c. Leupold states, “In view of the reliability of the headings generally, we feel prompted to accept this claim of Davidic authorship as being correct.”  This psalm is only one of several psalms called “imprecatory psalms.”  These are psalms in which the psalmist prays and invokes a curse on his enemies which are also enemies of God.  However, these psalms present problems for Christians because they shock our sensitivities and strikes us as ...

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How Will We Deal With Our Misery?

Psalm 108

Most of the scholars ascribe this psalm to David because it combines parts of Psalms 57 (7-11; Psalm 60:5-12 which are attributed to David.  However, some believe that some unknown scribe after the Babylonian captivity used the two passages from David to express the hopes, fears and joys of the people returned to Jerusalem.  James Boice calls this psalm “A Warrior’s Morning Song.”  Those two psalms begin by describing the dangers faced from Saul ...

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Are We Considering The Steadfast Love of The Lord?

Psalm 107

This psalm opens Book V of the Psalms which is composed of psalms 107-150.  The author is not known but as we have stated before it was by the inspiration of God as all of the others (2 Tim. 3:16-17).  The psalmist speaks of the steadfast love of God which in simple terms means God’s love never gives up.  The Lord accepts us as we are and then seeks to change us into what ...

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Is Our Love For God As Fickle As The Israelite’s?

Psalm 106

In extolling God’s tremendous love and compassion for His people this unknown writer presents an overview of the failures and sins of Israel.  Derek Kidner calls this psalm “the dark counterpart of its predecessor, a shadow cast by human self-will in the long struggle against the light.”  However, it is also a song of praise and Kidner also recognized this.  The psalm begins and ends with the shout, “Praise the Lord!”  It appears that ...

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Do You Believe In God’s Fidelity To His Promises?

Psalm 105

Psalms 104 and 105 are complementary hymns of praise, both ending with “Praise the Lord” (Psalm 104:35; 105:45).  Psalm 104 praises God as the Sustainer of his creation:  Psalm 105 praises God for His fidelity to His promises.  This is the only Psalm that mentions the patriarch Abraham and it is an overview of God’s fulfillment of His promise to him.  An outline may be as follows: 1) Call to Worship God (v. 1-5); 2) Reasons to Worship ...

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Do You Acknowledge God As Creator And Sustainer of His World?

Psalm 104

In this creation hymn of praise the unknown writer penned this psalm in such a way that it would not be inappropriate at any given ceremony or celebration.  The writer appears to have used the Creation Story and also his observation of the world around him to compose this beautiful and majestic psalm in which he extols Jehovah as Creator and Sustainer of this fabulous world.  The Psalm breaks down as follows: 1) The ...

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