• Making God's Name Great
    Date: Mar 24, 2012

    In 1 Samuel 17:4, 57-58 David is the giant killer and writes Psalm 8. We believe this because in the most ancient Jewish Targums—paraphrases of the Hebrew Old Testament into Aramaic from the time of Ezra onward—specifically point to this 8th Psalm as being about David and Goliath. The words in the manuscripts before Psalm 9 are actually the ending of Psalm 8. Muthlabben means ‘death of champion’ and was paraphrased in the Targums referring to David’s killing the ‘man of the space between the camps’ in 1 Samuel 17:4. That no mans land was dominated by Goliath and was conquered by David. Much like Satan was defeated by Christ's coming to earth. David may have sung this Psalm while in Saul’s court to comfort him when the demons troubled him.

  • Pulled Out of the Pit of Fear
    Date: Mar 24, 2012

    For quite some time everything had been going so well for David as the hero giant-killer, the worship leader for the king, the king’s chief warrior, a member of the king’s cabinet, and the king’s son-in-law. But then everything unexpectedly fell apart! David had to flee for his life; his wife stayed behind with her father, King Saul; his parents were sent to Moab; his job, his standing, and his home were all lost; and when he fled to Gath he was captured by the Philistines. Consequently, David lost any remaining sense of personal safety and started to feel frantic! As a believer, regardless of the extent of our spiritual maturity, it’s possible to reach a point so low we actually feel that everyone—even God—has abandoned us. That was David’s desperate condition when he wrote Psalm 13.

  • Who Are You When You're All Alone?
    Date: Mar 24, 2012

    Psalm 19 was probably written from David's teenaged years. In those years David's life was characterized by a wholehearted devotion for God and His Word. When David was alone he sought the Lord with everything he had. We are given a clear picture of David in public—and in the privacy of the open plains of Israel while he watched over his sheep. David was a man after God's own heart. Who are you when you find yourself all alone? Here we find three basic lessons: v. 1-6 explains that David meditated upon the character of God when he was alone; v. 7-11 explains that David listened to the Word of God when he was alone; v. 12-14 explains that David feared the disapproval of God (heeded His Word) when he was alone.

  • David's Holy Habits
    Date: Mar 24, 2012

    Psalm 132 captures David’s spiritual secret. We find here that David is talking about his childhood; and from this Psalm we can detect the choices that made him able to face not just Goliath, but all the adversity he had at home when his father and brothers didn’t like him. What made David strong enough to live on the run, hiding out from King Saul? These elements of David's Spiritual Secret were his holy habits. That is what made him the great king that was after God’s own heart.

  • David's Lowest Time in Life
    Date: Mar 24, 2012

    What was wrong? David was hiding his sin, and Proverbs 28:13 says that He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy. Thus the only solution for his dreadful condition was repentance. As David desperately struggled with attacks from within and without, he poured his lonely heart out to the Lord in Psalm 38—an intense lament over the awful sin for which he was being chastised.

  • Confession is Intensely Personal
    Date: Mar 24, 2012

    When David stood at the other end of Nathan’s boney finger, pointed directly in his face—he was guilty, and he knew it. David had broken every law in the book, God’s Book. In reality, David had broken all of the Ten Commandments when he sinned with Bathsheba. How had he broken them all? In two ways; first by his actions he broke them all. And secondly, by God’s standards he broke them all. The good news is that Jesus died for all of us who are guilty sinners. As we read the rest of this Psalm and see how David asked for the sacrificial death of another to be counted for him (purge me with hyssop)—we can see why Christ's death for us sinners is so precious, and so powerful.

  • The Shepherd Boy's Psalm
    Date: Mar 24, 2012

    Psalm 23 is a challenge to learn about God in times of loneliness. Listen to what David experienced, what he clung to from his long dark nights, and long lonely days. As you listen, ask the Lord to give you the same desire. Then, echo each of David’s affirmations and make them your own testimony. Confess these loneliness lessons and find them true!

  • Beware of Self-Induced Spiritual Blindness
    Date: Dec 18, 2011

    We were each born sitting in the darkness, heading towards the precipice of sin; but we didn’t even know it because we were blind. That’s how we each were found by Jesus Christ, when He saved us. So at the moment of salvation, we are given spiritual sight as a gift from God. The Christmas story gives the clearest picture of how all humans appear in their unsaved state, from God’s perspective. The Gospel is when Jesus Christ shines into our sin-darkened night life with a Sunrise of forgiven Life & saving Light.

  • Getting Clothed for Christ’s Sake Daily
    Date: Dec 11, 2011

    There’s only one portion of God’s Word, specifically written to the Church, by Jesus Christ: Rev. 2&3. Join me as we continue to systematically examine Christ's challenges to this, the seventh and final of the churches. If you had traveled to Laodicea, three things would have stood out to you in the First Century. These three unique features to this city, are the framework of Christ's words we are examining today in Revelation 3:18. These could be called: Laodicea’s Three Key Industries. First, you would have noticed gold in Laodicea. Secondly, you would have noticed Laodicean people were wearing, and shops were selling, exquisite clothing made from a rich black wool. Finally, you would have noticed the sprawling Laodicean campus of the famous medical school and hospital, that specialized in eye care. Jesus Christ told the church at Laodicea that they needed to make three specific purchases from Him. As we read this passage we focus especially on the three items that Jesus specifically pointed out as vital to their spiritual lives. Revelation 3:18

  • Jesus Warns of The Danger of Having Too Much Stuff
    Date: Dec 4, 2011

    Jesus is addressing the condition that the believers at Laodicea had gotten themselves into. They were simply described by Christ as: loaded down with stuff. They could afford all that stuff, they bought all those items with their hard-earned money. They stored their possessions carefully, and used them regularly. But, what the Laodiceans are confronted with by Christ is not that they had so much, but the danger that comes when we have too much stuff. The fact is that in all their careful earning and buying, they had in the process, lost sight of Christ, literally. Jesus Christ warns them, and us, of: The Danger of Having Too Much Stuff Revelation 3:14-22

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