God’s Intimate Knowledge of Us

In Psalm 139 in today’s Bible reading* we see a powerful statement of God’s intimate knowledge of us. David begins the Psalm acknowledging that God has already searched him and known him. The word search, “can refer to initial phases of a search or the end result, but always connotes a diligent, difficult probing.[1] the…

Faithful Love

Eight times in today’s Bible reading*, we come across the term “faithful love”. Half of those times, the term appears in Psalm 103. So what is “faithful love”? The Hebrew word behind “faithful love” is ḥesed (with the h pronounced as a guttural ch). It is also translated as “kindness”, “lovingkindness”, “faithfulness”, “steadfast love”, or…

The Fool says, “No God”

If you’ve been around church for very long, today’s Bible reading* may sound a little familiar. It’s the classic statement on the fool. In fact, this is not the only place these words appear in the Bible. These words also appear in Psalm 14. And Paul applies these words in Romans 3. The fool says…

A Biblical Description of Blessings is not a Biblical Prescription for Blessings

Psalm 1 from today’s Bible reading* describes the blessings of those who seek God and His ways. How happy is the one who does not walk in the advice of the wicked or stand in the pathway with sinners or sit in the company of mockers! Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction, and…

Calling All Men of Issachar

Yesterday, I talked about the need for more valiant warriors. Today’s Bible reading* is similar in its application call for more men of Issachar. These men of Issachar understood the times and knew what Israel should do. When 1 Chronicles 12:32 says that the men of Issachar understood, it uses two Hebrew words together: knowledge…