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From God’s Mouth to Your Ears

Posted November 19th, 2017 by Pastor Eric

Psalm 81 is an interesting psalm. The writer ends the psalm with words as if they were from God’s mouth. The psalm has to do with the nation of Israel’s rebellion and God’s desire for His people to return to Him. Here is a portion of what “God” says: “Hear, O My people, and I will admonish you! O Israel, if you will listen to Me! 9  There shall be no foreign god among you; Nor shall you worship any foreign god. 10 I am the Lord your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt; Open your mouth… (View Full Entry)

Only God Can Fix This

Posted November 18th, 2017 by Pastor Eric

Psalm 80 is similar to Psalm 79. In Psalm 80 the nation of Israel and the people of God are compared to a vine that used to be healthy and productive that has now been laid waste. The writer of the psalm sees this as God’s judgment and he is asking God to restore the nation and the people. The writer correctly sees that the problem of the nation and the people is a spiritual problem. What is missing from this psalm is an expression of repentance. There is no “we have sinned and we will repent” portion of the… (View Full Entry)

It Is Never Too Late to Ask for Mercy

Posted November 17th, 2017 by Pastor Eric

Psalm 79 is a description of the desolation of Israel, God’s chosen people and nation. God had warned His people that if they continued to turn their backs to Him, they would fall under judgment and that is exactly what happened. This is described in graphic detail in this psalm: “O God, the nations have come into Your inheritance; Your holy temple they have defiled; They have laid Jerusalem in heaps. 2  The dead bodies of Your servants They have given as food for the birds of the heavens,  The flesh of Your saints to the beasts of the earth…. (View Full Entry)

God’s Mercy In Spite of Rebellion

Posted November 16th, 2017 by Pastor Eric

Psalm 78 is a long psalm with a consistent theme. The writer of the psalm writes about God’s mercy and faithfulness in spite of the rebellion of His people against Him. He writes about God’s faithfulness in bringing the nation of Israel out of Egypt; listing the plagues that God did to Egypt on behalf of His people and how God parted the Red Sea and provided food for them during their time in the desert. He writes this one paragraph which sums things up: “Nevertheless they flattered Him with their mouth, And they lied to Him with their tongue;… (View Full Entry)

Remembering Makes a Difference

Posted November 15th, 2017 by Pastor Eric

Psalm 77 is a psalm that has an important message. It begins by describing the anguish of a man who is crying out to God and is not being comforted, or is not receiving the comfort. He begins to think that maybe God isn’t listening or isn’t able to deliver him. He writes this: “Will the Lord cast off forever? And will He be favorable no more? 8 Has His mercy ceased forever? Has His promise failed forevermore? 9  Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has He in anger shut up His tender mercies?” Perhaps you’ve been there. Perhaps you are… (View Full Entry)

Judgment and Majesty

Posted November 14th, 2017 by Pastor Eric

Psalm 76 is another psalm about judgment, specifically the “majesty” in God’s judgment of the earth and the people of the earth. We often associate the word “majesty” with judgment. We have a certain amount of pomp and circumstance as it relates to the court system. Think about this: Why do we rise when the judge walks into the courtroom? Why do judges in England still (at least some of them) wear white wigs during court proceedings? The judge in the court might be your next door neighbor. Why is he/she worthy of “rising” to your feet simply on entrance… (View Full Entry)

Who Exalts?

Posted November 13th, 2017 by Pastor Eric

Psalm 75 is a psalm of thanksgiving. It speaks to the judgment of God and the idea of giving thanks for the wonderful works of God. Here is an interesting passage from verses 6-7: “For exaltation comes neither from the east Nor from the west nor from the south. 7  But God is the Judge:  He puts down one, And exalts another.” The Bible is pretty clear about God being the judge of mankind. Man is pretty good about setting himself up as judge. We tend to set up the criteria for judgment and then we judge AND pass the… (View Full Entry)

Hey God Where Are You?

Posted November 12th, 2017 by Pastor Eric

Have you ever asked God if He was going to show up in a situation, if He was going to actually do what He promised to do, protect who He promised to protect? Have you ever had emotion triumph over intellect…allowing what you feel about God to overcome what you know about God? I think that is what we have in Psalm 74, another psalm of Asaph. Asaph writes that God seems absent. The wicked are against God and His people and it seems like God has forgotten His own covenants and promises. Here is just one section where we… (View Full Entry)

A Perspective on the Wicked

Posted November 11th, 2017 by Pastor Eric

Psalm 73 is the beginning of “Book Three” of the psalms and is a psalm of Asaph. Asaph begins this psalm by writing that he began to get discouraged when he saw the prosperity of the wicked. Verses 4-14 describe how in Asaph’s mind, the wicked were often in abundance and they often spoke against God and the people of God but were not punished for it. I suppose that there are times when we look at people, perhaps celebrities or others, that mock God or who live their lives in ways that are not in line with God’s word,… (View Full Entry)

The Platform of the Messiah

Posted November 10th, 2017 by Pastor Eric

Psalm 72 is a psalm about the reign of a great king. Many believe that this is a Messianic psalm, written to prophesy about the kingdom of God on earth during the reign of Jesus. In our political system we have things called “platforms” where a party and a candidate state what they will do if elected to power; what specific principles they stand for. The problem is that in our system, most of the time, those ideals are just words and the things in the platform don’t really get done. But if you take Psalm 72 as a platform… (View Full Entry)