As we come to the final verse of the twenty-third Psalm, we find a beautiful conclusion. The psalmist declares the continuing goodness and mercy of God toward His people. However, we may wonder what brings about these blessings. What are the purposes and benefits? “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for … Continue reading The Lord is my Shepherd – Psalm 23:6
So far, we have seen that in the Lord, we do not lack in the first verse. In the second verse, we find provision and rest. As we continue, we see restoration for our souls. “He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” – Psalm 23:3 This verse is about restoration and not just a refreshing as … Continue reading The Lord is my Shepherd – Psalm 23:3
We recently had the opportunity to co-host a course on the Old Testament Tabernacle in Ashland, Kentucky. A long-time family friend facilitated the sessions and shared many fantastic points about the Old Testament Tabernacle. After I few days of reflection, I want to offer three observations from this course. The Old Testament and all that it contains is necessary for a full understanding of … Continue reading Three Reflections on the Old Testament Tabernacle
The Lord will prepare us for what comes to pass in life. Scripture even tells us that God will provide a way out of our trials and temptations (1 Corinthians 10:13). In the sixteenth chapter of John’s Gospel, Jesus was preparing the disciples for His departure. He even prophesied that they would be scattered. However, Jesus encourages the disciples by telling them that when they … Continue reading But, be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
For many people, Ahab’s reign may have seemed like the end of any hope of a return to the worship of the true God. Scripture pointed out that Ahab did more evil in the sight of God than any other king before him (1 Kings 16:30). In fact, to some, the famine might have signaled God complete withdrawal. However, we see in this passage that … Continue reading Scripture Reading Challenge (#39)
The story of Samuel is one of my favorites. Here is a man who both began and finished well. That is a rare feat among today’s leaders and even many of the leaders in the Bible (of course not all the leaders in the Bible are trying to be good). However, Samuel is one whose life is thoroughly committed to God and even more, during … Continue reading Scripture Reading Challenge (#31)
Living in the war-torn ancient near eastern lands was brutal. The daily life of an individual was undoubtedly harder than we have it today. Uprisings and skirmishes between kingdoms and tribes were common. God allowed these opponents of Israel to come against them when they failed to follow Him. It was a way of disciplining them and centering their focus on God. God would not … Continue reading Scripture Reading Challenge (#27)