David’s Steadfast Heart

       David had no contingency plan for his life; he had no “Plan B”.  He determined to trust God when he was a young man and no subsequent circumstance was going to divert him from that course of action.  Even when he was a…

David’s Michtams

        The Hebrew word “michtam” comes from a root that means “to carve or engrave”.  It is used in the superscription of six psalms—16, 56, 57, 58, 59, and 60—to identify the genre of these compositions.  Given the fact that the five psalms clustered…

Living by Faith

       A continuous challenge of faith is to view God as He has actually revealed Himself in Scripture.  Since He is a person—not a philosophy or a fantasy—a Biblically-based belief in Him necessitates an accurate faith that expresses itself in practical ways in our…

Reasons for Trusting Jehovah

     The Bible is full of beatitudes.  The book of Revelation alone has seven in it.  The greatest sermon in human history begins with an entire octave of beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-10).  The very first word in the book of Psalms is “blessed”.  Psalm 40:4 pronounces…

What Living by Faith Looks Like

     One of Edgar Guest’s more famous poems begins with the line “I’d rather see a sermon.”  Like sheep, humans need a leader to follow; like young students in school, humans need a pattern to imitate.  When Jesus was asked “Who is my neighbor?”…

Wise and Unwise Faith

       Like Adam and Eve, every human must decide a most critical question:  Will I live by wise or unwise faith?  We must decide in whom we will place our trust.  The choices are mutually exclusive and eternally significant.  Our options are clearly…

Misplaced and Well-Placed Faith

       The bulk of Psalm 146 is a contrast between misplaced faith in humanity (verses 3 and 4) and well-placed faith in God (verses 5 to 10).  Here, it is written: “Do not put your trust in princes, nor in a son of man, in…

Transforming “How Long?” into “Hold on!”

       Because He is eternal, God does not have the same perception of time as humanity does.  One day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day (2nd Peter 3:8); therefore, there were occasions which arose…