God’s Goodness & Mercy into the New Year

Psalm 23:6, Surely, goodness and mercy shall pursue me all the days of my life, and I shall return in the house of YHWH forever (own Hebrew translation). A fitting psalm for today—the last day of the year. At the close of every year, people assume the new year will be immediately better as if there’s some…

The God of the Living

Psalm 118:17, I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the LORD. This was my prayer during my days in service to my country in the Army, and nearly on a daily basis. Near death, this prayer has been my strength. Do not be mistaken, however: I did not pray this…

Sick in Sin

Luke 5:31-32, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” We are all ill, and it is killing us all. We all know this, for we all seek idols to give us pleasure in this life to…

God’s Unceasing Provision

Psalm 118:1, Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever! Such should be the daily prayer of both those who have much and those who have little. For we who have much, it is easy to forget how dependent we are on God and that all we have…

The Good, Christian Death

Psalm 116:15, Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints. Was this translated right? Does God truly take pleasure in the death of His saints? Yes! If you still doubt, here is my own Hebrew translation: “Precious in the eyes of YHWH is the death of His faithful/godly ones.” Death is never good!…

Have Mercy, O Lord

Psalm 51:1-2, Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your steadfast love; according to Your abundant mercy, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! Such should be our daily prayer. I adore this psalm, for in it we find the two parts of repentance: contrition—godly sorrow—for…

Agape: The Godly Love of Choice

John 15:13, μείζονα ταύτης ἀγάπην οὐδεὶς ἒχει, ἳνα τις τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ θῆ ὑπὲρ φἰλων αὐτοῦ. “No one has greater love than this: that he lay down his life on behalf of his friends.” What kind of love is this? The word Jesus uses is ἀγάπη (agape): the love of choice and self-sacrifice, ultimately culminated in…