Psalm 33: 13-22…As God sees things.

The LORD looks down from heaven;he sees all the children of man;from where he sits enthroned he looks outon all the inhabitants of the earth,he who fashions the hearts of them alland observes all their deeds. Comment: You cannot make this word picture look like an aged grandfather looking from his rocking chair and seeingContinue reading “Psalm 33: 13-22…As God sees things.”

2 Peter 3: 14-18….Peter rounds off the letter.

Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his letters whenContinue reading “2 Peter 3: 14-18….Peter rounds off the letter.”

Psalm 31: 19-24…. A statement of belief!

Oh, how abundant is your goodness,which you have stored up for those who fear youand worked for those who take refuge in you,in the sight of the children of mankind!In the cover of your presence you hide themfrom the plots of men;you store them in your shelterfrom the strife of tongues.Blessed be the LORD,for heContinue reading “Psalm 31: 19-24…. A statement of belief!”

Psalm 31: 11-18…..Belief doesn’t assure no problems!

Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach,especially to my neighbours,and an object of dread to my acquaintances;those who see me in the street flee from me.I have been forgotten like one who is dead;I have become like a broken vessel.For I hear the whispering of many—terror on every side!—as they scheme togetherContinue reading “Psalm 31: 11-18…..Belief doesn’t assure no problems!”

Psalm 28: 1 & 6-9….The assurance of faith.

To you, O LORD, I call;my rock, be not deaf to me,lest, if you be silent to me,I become like those who go down to the pit….. Blessed be the LORD!For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.The LORD is my strength and my shield;in him my heart trusts, and I amContinue reading “Psalm 28: 1 & 6-9….The assurance of faith.”

Psalm 27: 5-10…..Thinking positively.

For he will hide me in his shelterin the day of trouble;he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;he will lift me high upon a rock.And now my head shall be lifted upabove my enemies all around me,and I will offer in his tentsacrifices with shouts of joy;I will sing and make melodyContinue reading “Psalm 27: 5-10…..Thinking positively.”

Mark 15: 33-39…. The greatest agony of all!

And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he isContinue reading “Mark 15: 33-39…. The greatest agony of all!”

Mark 12: 32-34…..How come ‘not far’?

And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbour as oneself, is much more than allContinue reading “Mark 12: 32-34…..How come ‘not far’?”

Mark 11: 12-14 & 20-26….A split story.

On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. And he said toContinue reading “Mark 11: 12-14 & 20-26….A split story.”

Mark 5: 21-24 & 35-37….The trials of God delaying answers!

And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is atContinue reading “Mark 5: 21-24 & 35-37….The trials of God delaying answers!”