Psalm 70:1-5

This weekend we were out of town visiting our daughter in college. At one point we were in a bookstore and I began to read a biography about a college football player who suffered terrible injury that has left him paralyzed from the neck down. In the time that I had to read this book I was able to read about that night and all of the experiences that he had gone through in the hours and days that followed. One of the most memorable of the stories was when this young man was being transported in a helicopter from one hospital to another. He described the noise of the helicopter and his inability to get the attention of the paramedics when he found it harder and harder to breath. In that m

Psalm 68:4-6 "He rides through the deserts"

“Sing to God, sing praises to His name; lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts; His name is the LORD; exult before Him! Father of the fatherless and protector of the widows is God in His holy habitation. God settles the solitary in a home; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.” (Psalm 68:4-6) When we looked at Psalm 68: 1-4 we observed the first three words in verse one, “God shall arise”. We noted that it is exciting to consider that God Himself arises to work salvation for the righteous (v.3,19-20). In this psalm we see that God can act in many ways: He acts personally (v.1), he speaks powerfully (v.11,33) and He also has a might

Matthew 24:6-14

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:9-14 In verses 9-12 we see one warning after another concerning things that will happen to God’s people. Jesus says that His people will be delivered up to tribulati

Psalm 68:1-3

“God shall arise, His enemies shall be scattered; and those who hate Him shall flee before Him! As smoke is driven away, so you shall drive them away; as wax melts before fire, so the wicked shall perish before God! But the righteous shall be glad; they shall exult before God; they shall be jubilant with joy!” These are just the first three verses of a longer psalm that contains many wonderful things. To begin, let me just make four observations concerning these opening verses. The first observation comes from the opening words, “God shall arise”. Imagine that you were facing a life and death situation. In that moment you would seek out an audience with the wisest judge or the strongest king

Micah 8:7-18 - Micah's Profound Example Towards His Enemies

Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me. 9 I will bear the indignation of the Lord because I have sinned against him, until he pleads my cause and executes judgment for me. He will bring me out to the light; I shall look upon his vindication. 10 Then my enemy will see, and shame will cover her who said to me, “Where is the Lord your God?” My eyes will look upon her; now she will be trampled down like the mire of the streets. 11 A day for the building of your walls! In that day the boundary shall be far extended. 12 In that day they will come to you, from As

Micah 7:7-10 - Micah Repents of his sin

There was a sermon that was preached a decade ago by a well known minister to 7,000 Christian counselors. This sixty-three year old minister began to speak to them about his own bouts with sin, personal weakness’ and temptations. If I were to read to you the transcript of the message that he had given to these Christian counselor’s it would reveal that this minister sought to bare his soul to that audience by saying things like: - I am a sinner! - I am a man who must crucify the love of praise every day. - I am a man who is prone to freeze up emotionally when I am tired. And then I feel instinctively justified in blaming someone else. - I am a man who loves to praise God in the great assembl

Micah's Misery - Micah 7:1-7

We saw last week in Micah 6:9-16 that Micah has just been used as the instrument through which the LORD has spoken. We discussed these words, “The voice of the LORD cries to the city – and it is sound wisdom to fear your name.” In that text last week we discovered, among other things that: The LORD peers down into our homes and sees every detail that is there. The LORD looks into their businesses and sees the way that the books are kept. He knows if there are false measurements being used. The LORD sees peoples hearts, He hears the lies that are spoken and the deceit that is uttered. Therefore, the LORD will strike His people with a grievous blow, making them desolate because of their sins.

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