July 6 – Begotten for God’s Glory

“I will tell of the decree:
The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;
today I have begotten you.” – Psalm 2:7-8 (ESV)

Psalm 1 and 2 haven’t any title or notations about the author. Sometimes, comparing “blessed” in Psalm 1:1 and Psalm 2:12, these songs are said to share in the role of introducing the Psalter. “You are my Son” in verse 7  recalls 2 Samuel 7:8–16 and is the only Old Testament reference to the Father/Son relationship in the Trinity; a relationship decreed in eternity past and demonstrated in the incarnation ⸺ a major message of the New Testament. But it appears seven times in the Gospels. Once in Acts and quoted directly twice in the letter to the Hebrews. It’s an affirmation, a promise, an announcement from Heaven by God our Father on two occasions (the baptism of Jesus and when He appeared with Moses and Elijah while He was transfigured on the mountain.). Thus, recorded six times in the first three Gospels. Treasured by believers, in 1740 Charles Jennens, George Fredrick Handel’s friend included these words in the libretto he wrote from scripture for Handel’s Messiah ⸺ 18 months before Handel actually composed the music. Often heard at Christmastime, we’re reminded of it now for in July, only six months until Christmas when many start their countdown.


June 23 – Outnumbers

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with You.” Psalm 139:17-18 (NASB)

This isn’t our first visit to these verses. Just a week ago we considered verse 17. Psalm 139 is a gold mine of promises God has given to us in this, song by David. What brings such praise and adoration to our mind and so our lips express the joy of God’s thoughts comes forth? Let’s consider these truths through some comments by C.H. Spurgeon. The comfort in these verses is not shared and provides no such comfort to the unregenerate ungodly mind, but to us faith believers in God it overflows with consolation. God is always thinking about us, never turns His mind from us, always has us before His eyes; and this is precisely how we would want it, because it would be dreadful to exist for a moment outside the observation of our heavenly Father. We are never for a single moment left out of God’s thoughts and consciousness. Remember, God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world was made. So we can know that our election and the covenant of grace which secures our salvation results in our final perseverance from now to our final rest.


June 17 – Best Prepared

“The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?” – Psalm 27:1 (ESV)

Among in the promises we find in today’s verse are three that we of have from the LORD as our light, our salvation, and our stronghold. This word translated ‘stronghold’ in the original Hebrew text is used int the Old Testament for many different kinds of defensive places provided for us from God. The original meanings include: refuge, fortress, sanctuary, fortified, secure position, high point, mountain stronghold, and even ramparts. We reflect on how the psalmist declares God as not merely giving us light but that He is light within us, light around us, light reflected from us, and light to be revealed to us. The psalmist does not just say that the Lord gives light but that He is light. Neither does this passage just say God give us salvation but that He is salvation. By faith given to us from God, we have believed and receive all these blessings as our possessions. Romans 8:31 reflects on the words in this psalm, “Whom shall I fear?” For our future and present, “If God is for us, who can be against us.” We are prepared by God for anything either now, or in the time to come.


June 15 – Precious and Vast

“How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them!” – Psalm 139:17 (NASB)

For those who have not surrendered to the sovereignty of God but still claim to know Him and belong to him, there is a danger of missing the truth. The resistant, hesitant, people who delay fully acknowledging their belief in God generally do so because their minds have not yet given in to His truth. Therefor they are not enjoying the benefits of a life fully given to God. “Divine omniscience provides no comfort to the ungodly mind, but to the child of God it overflows with consolation. God is always thinking about us, never turns His mind from us, always has us before His eyes; and this is precisely how we would want it, because it would be dreadful to exist for a moment outside the observation of our heavenly Father. Friend, is this precious to you? Then hold to it.”[1] Reject the broad skepticism, subjectivism, and postmodern rationalism of today’s influencers. “Do not be led astray by those philosophical fools who preach an impersonal God and talk of self-existent, self-governing matters. The Lord lives and thinks upon us; this is a far too precious truth for us toss aside and consequently be easily robbed of it.[1]”

1.- Taken in part from: C. H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening: April 30, Daily Readings, (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1896).


June 6 – Faithful to the Truth

“For the word of the LORD is upright, And all His work is done in faithfulness.” – Psalm 33:4 (NASB)

In this world of ours there are many words being spoken or written. People talk endlessly all around us. Words are spoken, printed, sent using all possible media. Some of these words may be true but certainly not all. Deceivers also create messages with words. Can we believe that humans now only make up 38.5% of internet traffic? The other 61.5% is non-human (bots, hacking tools, etc.). Our verse reminds us that the Word of the Lord is right and true and it tells us why we can believe that – it’s because of what He does. He always does what He says He will do. It’s our God’s faithfulness in all things that makes His word trustworthy. We have come to be very suspicious and wary of so much of what we hear and read today because those writing and saying these words are not faithful to the truth. We can be thankful and rejoice knowing that we can trust God’s words because they are backed with His promises and He will make good everything that He says by His actions. What He has said He will do, and what He has spoken, He will make good.


June 2 – Seeking Earnestly

“O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water.” – Psalm 63:1 (NASB)

Do you ever want something so much that you actually yearn for it? David was in the dry desert spiritually and emotionally when he wrote these words. His whole body yearned for God much like a thirsty person craves water. He described the place as being dry and without water to drink. You and I may not be in that kind of a place physically but we might still share some of the thoughts that David had. I’m thinking of the words, “my soul thirsts for you.” David’s heart and soul longed for close fellowship with God and the reason for that is given in the first words of our verse. David could tell God “you are my God;” This he had learned by past experience and that’s why he longed always for close fellowship with God. Can we say the same? If we have experienced this promise that the Lord is our God, we’ll be always longing for constant fellowship with Him – it is a natural outcome for us to desire and seek the close presence of God and He has promised it to us today and forever.


May 29 –Reminder to Remember

“Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,” Psalm 105:4-5 (NIV)

Memorial Day is a special day for remembering. We know that this day has been observed in the United States of America for more than one hundred years. It began after the Civil War and was at first called Decoration Day. But the idea of a special day for remembering is much older than that. We know that God prescribed memorials at several times in Bible days because He did not want His people to forget what He had done for them. Our verse today is one such reminder to remember. So today when we remember other important things like those who have given their lives while serving our country in wars, let’s be sure to remember also our God and the wonders He has done for us. What He has done is recorded in the Bible and is for all people. Let’s think too of how He has helped us in the past. All this will help us look to the Lord as we are reminded in our verse. Remember today and every day that God is with us helping us with every step we take.

Notes on Memorial Day in USA


May 28 – Never Disappoint

“Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.” Psalm 33:22 (ESV)

The last verse in Psalm 33 is a short prayer. This is really a prayer of faith. When we think of God’s love as enduring and never failing, that is faith. We believe that God loves us and always will. The “steadfast love” can also be rendered as “unfailing love” and we can believe that God loves us and always will. Our verse also mentions our hope and of course that is not wishful thinking, it is expectation. When we expect God to show us His love that is also faith. So, in faith, let’s expect God to demonstrate his steadfast love to us. And, let’s expect it to be not a once in a while experience but a lasting all time experience. That’s what it means to have God’s love resting upon us all the time. God’s love is with us all the time, that is a promise God has given to us and we can trust in it with a hope that will not disappoint us – not ever.


May 19 – He Has Been Good to Us

“How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? … But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.” – Psalm 13:1, 5-6 (ESV)

The trial and testing faith believers in Jesus encounter are brought into our lives in order that we may know with certainty the faithfulness of our God. David had learned that God’s love never failed. He had gone through many different and difficult circumstances and consequently had come to know he could always sense that no matter what happened God always loved him and was always with him. Because of turmoil, many who believe in Jesus are fearful of what’s next. Evildoers seem to be taking over our world. And like David, we can know that God’s love for us is unfailing His promises are true. No matter what happens in our lives, our world, God still loves us. We can depend on it and we can trust in His love as David did. He’ll bring into our lives experiences which will be for our good. Then our hearts will rejoice as David’s heart did and like him we’ll sing to God. We have the same reason; we have the same promise of unfailing love and we can rest in the knowledge that God has promised and has been good to us just as He was to David.


May 9 – A Steadfast Heart

“How blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in His commandments.” – Psalm 112:1 (NASB)
“He will not fear evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” – Psalm 112:7 (NASB)
“The wicked will see it and be vexed, he will gnash his teeth and melt away; the desire of the wicked will perish.” – Psalm 112:10

We have chosen three verses which reminded us of steadfast heart and how the world responds. Verse 1 encourages believers – those who fear the LORD God. They delight in God’s Word. Verse 7 describes a picture of a heart that is resting on something solid so that it is not shaken no matter what happens. There is no fear of the evil in the world. It is common today to hear the angst expressed by believers when they see that the world around us is unstable and coming apart. Our promise is that our hearts can remain unmoved. The verses today explain how this comes about. It is by trusting in the Lord. What else could provide a more solid foundation than our God? As we trust and fear the Lord we find satisfaction in his promises and commands. The wicked in the world will be disturbed by the believer’s steadfast faith. Gnashing of teeth they melt away. We won’t be bothered by things going on around us. Our feelings and our thoughts will always be steady knowing that God is faithful. Today, let’s be like the person in verses 7-9.