Spiritual Understandings

Psalm 51:1-7> When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.

Theme: David’s plea for mercy, forgiveness, and cleansing.  

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.

Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before you. 

Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.  

Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

Focus points:  David was truly sorry for his adultery with Bathsheba and for murdering her husband to cover it up. He knew that his actions had hurt many people. But because  David repented of those sins, God mercifully forgave him. No sin is too great to be forgiven! Do you feel that you could never come close to God because you have done something terrible? God can and will forgive  you of any sin. While God forgives us, however, he does not always erase the natural consequences of our sin – David’s life and family were never the same as a result of what he had done:

(read 2 Samuel 12:1-23).

Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.   Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me , and I will be whiter than snow.

Focus point: Hyssop branches were used by the Israelites in Egypt to place the blood of a lamb on the doorframes of their homes. This would keep them safe from death (Exodus 12:22). This act of demonstrated the Israelites faith and secured their release from slavery in Egypt. This verse calls for cleansing from sin and readiness to serve the Lord.

Spiritual Understandings

Psalm 8 9/8/2018

Daily Promises (September 8th)
Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Reflection
How beautiful it is to be found in Christ Jesus! Our natures of corruption and villainy are done away with and recreated both new and perfected. Let all praise and honor go to His majestic greatness for all His splendid works!

Psalms 8:1-9

Ps. 8:1
Psalm of David

O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

Psa. 8:2
Out of the mouth of babes and suckling’s hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightiest still the enemy and the avenger.

Focus Points: Children are able to trust and praise God without doubts or reservations. As we get older, many of us find this more and more difficult to do. Ask God to give you child like faith, removing any barriers to having a closer walk with him. Get in touch with this childlike quality in yourself so that you can be more expressive.

Psa. 8:3
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

Psa. 8:4
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visits him?

Focus Points: To respect God’s majesty, we must compare ourselves to his greatness. When we look at creation, we often feel small by comparison. To feel small is a healthy way to get back to reality, but God does not want us to dwell on our smallness. Humility means proper respect for God, not self-depreciation.

Psa. 8:5
For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honors.

Psa. 8:6
Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

Focus Points: God gave humans beings tremendous authority — to be in charge of the whole earth. But with great authority comes great responsibility. If we own a pet, we have the legal authority to do with it as we wish, but we also have the responsibility to feed and care for it. How do you treat God’s creation?  Use your resources wisely because God holds you accountable for your stewardship.

Psa. 8:7
All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;

Psa. 8:8
The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passed through the paths of the seas.

Psa. 8:9
O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

Focus Point:

Portions of this psalm are quoted in the New Testament and applied to Christ (1Corinthians 15:27); Hebrews 2:6-8). Jesus became human, just a little lower than the heavenly beings (Ps.8:5), and he comes to reign over the new heaven and new earth. Jesus is the only person who perfectly reflects God’s image (Galatians 2:20; Colossians 1:15).

Ref:

 For he “has put everything under his feet.” Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. But there is a place where someone has testified: “What is mankind that you are mindful of them, a son of man that you care for him?You made them a little lower than the angels; you crowned them with glory and honorand put everything under their feet. “In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them.You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

Finding Faith through Bible Study, Spiritual Understandings

Daily Bible Study Psalm 29: 8/29/18

Psalm 29:

Theme: god reveals his great power in nature. We can trust God to give us both the peace and the strength to weather the storms  of life. 

verse 11—The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.

  ref: Isa. 40:29>
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. He give power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increases.

Focus point:   Even the strongest people get tried at times, but God’s power and strength never diminish. He is never too tired  or too busy to help and listen. His strength is our source of strength. When you feel all of life crushing you and cannot go another step, remember that you can call upon God to renew your strength.

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Daily Bible Study July 31,2018

Psalm 119:1-12

 Blessed are the undefiled in the way who walk in the law of the LORD. 

Ps.128:1> Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in obedience to him.

2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.

Deut.4:29> But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.

3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.

Rom.7:16,17>   And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.

1John 3:9> No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.

5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!

Jer.31:33> “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

Rom.7:22,23> For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me.

2 Cor.3:5> Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.

6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.

Job 22:26> Surely then you will find delight in the Almighty and will lift up your face to God.

1 John 2:28> And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.

9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

Prov.1:4,10> or giving prudence to those who are simple knowledge and discretion to the young — My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them.

10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.

2 Chr. 15:15> All Judah rejoiced about the oath because they had sworn it wholeheartedly. They sought God eagerly, and he was found by them. So the LORD gave them rest on every side.

11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

Luke 2:19> But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.

12  teach me thy statutes.

Ps.25:4> Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths.

15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.

Ps.1:2> but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.

Proverbs 31:3

Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.

Deut.17:17>   He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold.

Neh.13:26> Was it not because of marriages like these that Solomon king of Israel sinned? Among the many nations there was no king like him. He was loved by his God, and God made him king over all Israel, but even he was led into sin by foreign women.

Prov.7:26> Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng.

Hos.4:11> to prostitution; old wine and new wine take away their understanding.

Focus Points:Male  worshipers had sex with female temple prostitutes, or priestesses, and young women wishing to bear children had sex with male priests. But God said their efforts to increase fertility would not succeed.

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Daily Bible Study July 22,2018

Proverbs 22:1-2 and 4,7

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold. (a) The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all. By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life. The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.

Ref: (a) Ps.49:1,2 –  Hear this, all you peoples; listen, all who live in this world,both low and high, rich and poor alike:   

Focus Points: 22:4 – This is a general observation that would have been especially applicable to an obedient Israelite living in Solomon’s God-fearing kingdom. Nevertheless, some have been martyrs at a young age, and some have given away all their wealth for the sake of God’s kingdom. The book of Proverbs describes life the way it should be. It does not dwell on the exceptions,   22:7 – Does this mean we should never borrow? No. but it warns us never to take on a loan without carefully examining our ability to repay it. A loan we can’t handle is enslaving. The borrower must realize that until the loan is repaid, he or she is a servant to the individual or institution that made it.

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Daily Study of God’s Word 6/11/2018

Psalms 41:1-13

Verse 1 – Blessed (a) is he that considereth the poor. (the weak or the sick.)

Ref: (a)

Prov. 14:21>He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.

Mark 10:21> Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

Focus points: What does your money mean to you? Although Jesus wanted this man to sell everything and give his money to the poor, this does not mean that all believers should sell all their possessions. Most of his followers did not sell anything, although they used their possessions to serve others, Instead, this story shows us that we must not let anything we have or desire keep us following Jesus. We must remove all barriers to serving him fully. If Jesus asked, cloud you give up your house? your car? your level income? your position on the ladder of promotion? Your reaction may show your attitude toward money – whether it is your servant or your master.

Verse 2- The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.

Verse 3 – The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.

Verse 4 – I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee.

(b) Ps.6:2> Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am faint; heal me, LORD, for my bones are in agony.

Focus points:  David accepted God’s punishment, but he begged God not to discipline him in anger, Jeremiah also asked God to correct him gently and not in anger. Jeremiah also asked God to correct him gently and not in anger (Jeremiah 10:24). David recognized that God treated him with justice alone an not with mercy, he would be wipe out by God’s wrath, Often we want God to show mercy to us and justice toward everyone else. God in his kindness forgives us instead of giving what we deserve.

Verse 5 – Mine enemies speak evil of me, When shall he die, and his name perish?

Verse 6 – And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity: his heart gathereth iniquity to itself; when he goeth abroad, he telleth it.

(c) Psalms 12:2> Everyone lies to their neighbor; they flatter with their lips but harbor deception in their hearts.

Focus Points:  We may be tempted to believe that lies are relatively harmless, even useful at times. But God does not overlook lies. flattery, deception, or boasting. Each of these sins originates from a bad attitude that is eventually in our speech. The tongue can be our greatest enemy because, though small, it can do great damage (James 3:5). Be careful how you use yours.

Verse 7- All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt.

Verse 8 – An evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him: and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more.

Verse 9 – Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.

(d) Obad 7.> All your allies will force you to the border; your friends will deceive and overpower you; those who eat your bread will set a trap for you,[fn] but you will not detect it.

John 13:18> “I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill this passage of Scripture: ‘He who shared my bread has turned against me.”

Focus points:   People often try to protect themselves from their fears by putting their faith in something they do or have. good deeds, skill or intelligence, money or possessions. But only God can save us from the one thing that we really need to fear — eternal condemnation. We believe in God by recognizing the insufficiency of our own effort to find salvation and by asking him to do his work in us. When Jesus talks about unbelievers, he means those who reject or ignore him completely, not those who have monmentary doubts.

Verse 10 – But thou, O LORD, be merciful unto me, and raise me up, that I may requite them.

Verse 11 – By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me.

Verse 12 – And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever.

(e) Ps. 34:15> The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry;

Acts 2:28> You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.

Verse 13 – Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen.

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Daily Readings, Spiritual Understandings

Psalms 29:

Honor the LORD, you heavenly beings;
honor the LORD for his glory and strength.

(a)1 Chr.16:28-29> O nations of the world, recognize the LORD,
recognize that the LORD is glorious and strong. Give to the LORD the glory he deserves!
Bring your offering and come into his presence.
Worship the LORD in all his holy splendor.

Honor the LORD for the glory of his name.
Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.

The voice of the LORD echoes above the sea.
The God of glory thunders.
The LORD thunders over the mighty sea.

The voice of the LORD is powerful;
the voice of the LORD is majestic.

The voice of the LORD splits the mighty cedars;
the LORD shatters the cedars of Lebanon.

He makes Lebanon’s mountains skip like a calf;
he makes Mount Hermon leap like a young wild ox.

(b)Psa.114:4>The mountains skipped like rams,
the hills like lambs!

The voice of the LORD strikes
with bolts of lightning.

The voice of the LORD makes the barren wilderness quake;
the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

(d)Num.13:26> to Moses, Aaron, and the whole community of Israel at Kadesh in the wilderness of Paran. They reported to the whole community what they had seen and showed them the fruit they had taken from the land.

The voice of the LORD twists mighty oaks
and strips the forests bare.
In his Temple everyone shouts, “Glory!”

The LORD rules over the floodwaters.
The LORD reigns as king forever.

(e) Psa.93:4>But mightier than the violent raging of the seas,
mightier than the breakers on the shore—
the LORD above is mightier than these!

The LORD gives his people strength.
The LORD blesses them with peace.

(f) Isa.40:29>He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.

Focus points : verses 29:10,11 – throughout history, God has revealed his power through mighty miracles over nature, such as the great flood (Genesis 6-9). He promises to continue to reveal his power. Paul urged us to understand how great God’s power is (Ephesians 1:18-23>I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.) The same power that raised Christ from the dead is available to help us with our daily problems. When you feel weak and limited, don’t  despair.

Remember that God can give you Strength. The power that controls creation and raises the dead is available to you.