Cast Your Anxieties on God

As I read today’s Bible readings* I was impressed with the assurances that the Psalmists had in knowing that God would come through with answers to their prayers. All of the prayers were offered to a covenant-making, covenant-keeping God. In Psalm 55:22, David includes in this Maskil an encouragement for the worshiper to cast their…

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…

Lord of the Armies

Twice in today’s Bible reading* we find the name of God, “Lord of the Armies”. (Psalm 84 CSB) Several English translations render the Hebrew word Sabaoth as “hosts” (ESV, AV, LEB) while others refer to “Almighty” (NIV), and “heaven’s armies” (NLT) or “Angel armies” (Message) So which translation is correct? When it comes to modern…

When is an Army Not an Army?

I saw something in today’s Bible reading* that I’ve never seen before in all of the times I’ve read these chapters. God tells Moses to bring out the Hebrews “according to their military divisions”[1] in Exodus 6:26, 7:4, 12:17, 41, 51. I’ve never seen that terminology before. Why? Well, it comes down to Bible translations….