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Not a Baaad Deal

Posted September 21st, 2017 by Pastor Eric

  Most everyone has at least heard Psalm 23 in their lifetime. In fact most have heard it multiple times. Psalm 23 is about a sheep and a shepherd. As I read this psalm I consider myself to be a sheep. I read that my shepherd will provide for me. He will lead me beside the still waters and lead me to green pasture. I read that my shepherd will protect me and that I have no need to fear. I also read that this protection and provision will not run out…”I will dwell in the house of the Lord… (View Full Entry)

An Old Testament View of Jesus

Posted September 20th, 2017 by Pastor Eric

Psalm 22 was written many years before the birth, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus but it’s clear that this psalm is about Jesus. From the suffering to the praise to the future rule and worship of Jesus…this psalm is about Jesus. I suggest you read over it and allow the words to wash over you. Jesus, God in the flesh, was humiliated and crucified for you. He rules and reigns for you and the community of saints who have chosen to follow Him. This psalm is an example of the incredible inspiration of God. God provided this description of Jesus… (View Full Entry)

Even a King Has a Boss

Posted September 19th, 2017 by Pastor Eric

In Psalm 21 David describes how a king has joy in God’s strength. He also writes about how God will find His enemies and punish them. What I find interesting about David is that he seems to understand that even though he is king, he is not in control. David willingly submits to God’s activity in his life. David recognizes that though he is king, he has a boss. This is a great attitude for all of us to have, even though none of us is ever going to be a king. There are times when we have great influence… (View Full Entry)

In What or Whom Do You Trust?

Posted September 18th, 2017 by Pastor Eric

Psalm 20 has always been special to me. As a young adult starting to attend a church for the first time, my first Christian concert was in the church, maybe 100 people, with a man named Alan Read. Alan had an original song based on Psalm 20. The song contained many of the words from Psalm 20 but the phrase that has always stuck with me is: “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.” On a battlefield the number of chariots and horses are important. David was a… (View Full Entry)

God the Deliverer

Posted September 17th, 2017 by Pastor Eric

Psalm 18 is the longest psalm we have read so far. It contains a lot of David’s thoughts about how God delivered him from the hand of king Saul (though Saul is not mentioned in the psalm). There were many circumstances in David’s life that could have led him to believe that God would not deliver him. He was being chased by Saul for no reason…nothing that David had done wrong. But David never seemed to lose sight of God’s protection. Yes, he did despair and his emotions seemed to get the best of him at times but he always… (View Full Entry)

Confidence That God Hears You

Posted September 16th, 2017 by Pastor Eric

How confident are you that God hears you when you speak to Him? In Psalm 17 David seems to be pretty confident. Here is what he writes: I have called upon You, for You will hear me, O God; Incline Your ear to me, and hear my speech. 7  Show Your marvelous lovingkindness by Your right hand, O You who save those who trust in You From those who rise up against them. 8 Keep me as the apple of Your eye; Hide me under the shadow of Your wings, 9  From the wicked who oppress me,From my deadly enemies who surround… (View Full Entry)

Do You Set the Lord “Before You”?

Posted September 15th, 2017 by Pastor Eric

Psalm 16 is a great psalm about the goodness of God. Here are two sentences I’d like to focus on this morning: I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel; My heart also instructs me in the night seasons. 8 I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. I don’t know for sure what David has in mind with the phrase, “set the Lord always before me” but it sounds like a pretty good idea. When you work with publishing and graphic design software you have a… (View Full Entry)

Character Check

Posted September 14th, 2017 by Pastor Eric

In Psalm 15 David answers a question that is posed in verse 1: Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? Who is able to be in Your presence Lord? What kind of character does a person have who is in the presence of the Lord? I’ll put the entire answer here for you to read: He who walks uprightly, And works righteousness, And speaks the truth in his heart; 3  He who does not backbite with his tongue,  Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor does he take up a reproach against his… (View Full Entry)

You Don’t Want to Be Described This Way

Posted September 13th, 2017 by Pastor Eric

Have you ever had anyone describe you in a way that was not very flattering to you? “He’s the one with the big nose”…not that I’ve ever had that said about me… In Psalm 14 there is a biblical description of a “fool”. The fool is said to have said in his heart, “there is no God”. That’s a pretty foolish statement. The fool is then described as one who is corrupt and has done abominable works. God doesn’t look too kindly on fools or those who despise His people. I don’t want to be described as a fool but… (View Full Entry)

From Despair to Delight

Posted September 12th, 2017 by Pastor Eric

Psalm 13 is a very brief psalm that contains a large shift in attitude. David begins by asking God some questions that come out of despair: How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? 2  How long shall I take counsel in my soul,  Having sorrow in my heart daily? How long will my enemy be exalted over me? These words come out of a time in David’s life when he is near “rock bottom”. I don’t think we know for sure but these words could have been written when… (View Full Entry)