Posts Tagged Matthew

On Doubt, Self-Examination, and Plot Advancement – Psalm 7:3-5

Psalm 7:3-5 (For the first installment of the study on Psalm 7, click here.)  [1]  How often are you absolutely confident about the result of your actions (and the motives behind those actions)?  How sure are you that you can trust yourself in any given situation? Self-doubt is a tried and true plot device used in […]

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Thinking about Scar and not Aslan – Psalm 7:1-2

Psalm 7:1-2 [1] Lions have performed in a broad spectrum of roles in popular culture.  In movies, television, and literature they have been both the antagonist and protagonist, hero and villain.  Just think of the difference between Scar and Aslan. The lion is also used in a variety of images in the Bible: In Isaiah […]

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Marooned on a Desert Island – Psalm 6:4-5

Psalm 6:4-5 (For the first study on Psalm 6, click here.) Often, in preaching and in teaching, I have stated that the most quoted verse in the Bible isn’t John 3:16, but rather it is, “God helps those who help themselves.”  The only problem is this verse is not in the Bible.  Go ahead, look for […]

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A Bright & Shiny Joy – Psalm 4:6-7

Psalm 4:6-7 (for the first three installments of this study on Psalm 4, click here, here, and here.) Septuagint Translation 6Many are saying, “Who will show us something good?             Mark us with the light of your face, Lord.” 7You give joy to my heart             apart from when their grain, wine, and olive oil […]

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Walk This Way – Psalm 4:4-5

Psalm 4:4-5 (For the first two installments of the study on Psalm 4, click here and here.) Septuagint Translation 4Be angry, and do not sin;             ponder in your hearts and on your beds be greatly troubled. 5Offer sacrifices of righteousness,             and hope in the Lord. The first phrase of verse four is cited […]

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God of My Righteousness – Psalm 4:1

Psalm 4:1 Septuagint Translation COMPLETELY, WITH STRINGED INSTRUMENTS, A SONG OF DAVID 1Listen to me when I call, God of my righteousness;             show affection to me in my affliction;             have compassion on me and give ear to my prayer. We are tempted to ask ourselves, “How could David approach God with such audacity?”  It […]

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Responding to Psalm 3

For the entire study on Psalm 3, here are verses 1-2, verses 3-4, verses 5-6, and verses 7-8. I was a little bit surprised at the directions the study of this psalm took.  On the “First Impressions” post, I wrote, “I struggle with the practical application of psalms that talk about being attacked by enemies.  […]

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