Sing to the Lord a New Song

September 1, 2014

Psalm 96:1,4,10Oh, sing to the LORD a new song! Sing to the LORD, all the earth. … For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. … Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns; The world also is firmly established, It shall not be moved; He shall judge the peoples righteously.”

Sing to the Lord
A new song
Sing to the Lord who reigns
Sing to the Lord for He is great
And greatly to be praised.

Sing, sing, sing to the Lord
Sing with all your might
Sing, sing, sing to the Lord
And celebrate the King!
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Psalm 149:1-2 AMP
1 Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, praise[08416] Him in the assembly of His saints!
2 Let Israel rejoice in Him, their Maker; let Zion’s children triumph and be joyful in their King!

Word Study

From NetBible Ps 96:1

  • * A new song is appropriate because the Lord is constantly intervening in the world as its just king in fresh and exciting ways.. See also Pss 33:3; 40:3; 98:1.

From NetBible Ps 149:1-2

High praise is associated with the song of Moses and the Song of the Lamb; singing a new song.
From Harps of God:
The harp goes with the singing of the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb; it is associated with singing a new song. The new song in (Rev 15:2-4) seems to spring forth as a celebration of victory, a celebration of deliverance by the Lord’s mighty hand. It is also a celebration of the confession of truth, of the goodness and greatness of the Lord. A similar thing is seen in Psalms 33:1-5, 43:3-5, 71:22-24.

Psalm 40:3 … He has put a new song in my mouth — {high} praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.

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Related:
Sing A New Song
Lord Prepare Me
Seek His Face

Keep Your Lamps Burning

August 31, 2014

Psalm 119:105 AMP
105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Luke 11:34-35 NASB
34 The eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is clear, your whole body also is full of light; but when it is bad, your body also is full of darkness.

From NetBible Lk 11:34
NLT … Your eye is a lamp for your body. A pure eye lets sunshine into your soul. But an evil eye shuts out the light and plunges you into darkness.

  • lamp[3088] = an eye, like a lamp shows the body which way to turn
  • clear[573] = single(in union, fixed on Christ), whole/sound/healthy(fulfilling it’s office)
  • bad[4190] = diseased, blind, evil

35 Then watch out that the light in you is not darkness.

From NetBible Lk 11:35

  • * This is a present imperative, calling for a constant watch – keep your lamps burning

From my previous posts both the word and the eye are lamps.

  •  the spiritual person with the single eye(connected to Christ’s Spirit)
    uses God’s word as a lamp to light his path and so walks a straight path
  • the spiritually blind person doesn’t use God’s word and Spirit to judge(they may not even know they are blind) and so walks a crooked path ==> they have no lamp or light

A lamp in ancient times was a vessel with oil and a wick carried in the hand to light the path to walk on.

  • The picture here is that as we walk, our hand (which speaks of our works) needs to hold up (apply/do) the lamp (which is the Word)
    ==> then our lamps will be lit and burning and our eyes will see the “straight” path before us!

Luke 12:35-36 AMP
35 Keep your loins girded and your lamps burning,
36 And be like men who are waiting for their master to return home from the marriage feast, so that when he returns from the wedding and comes and knocks, they may open to him immediately.

Ephesians 6:14 AMP
14 Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God …

Related:
The Eye = The Lamp
Making Crooked Paths Straight!

The Eye = The Lamp

August 30, 2014

Luke 11:33-36 NASB
33 “No one, after lighting a lamp, puts it away in a cellar nor under a basket, but on the lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light.

From NetBible Lk 11:33

  • * The point is that the light of Jesus’ teaching has been put in public view.
  • see[991] = discern, perceive, understand
    * to turn the thoughts or direct the mind to a thing, to consider,
    contemplate, to look/gaze at, to weigh carefully, examine

34 The eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is clear, your whole body also is full of light; but when it is bad, your body also is full of darkness.

From NetBible Lk 11:34
NLT … Your eye is a lamp for your body. A pure eye lets sunshine into your soul. But an evil eye shuts out the light and plunges you into darkness.

  • lamp[3088] = an eye, like a lamp shows the body which way to turn
  • clear[573] = single(in union, fixed on Christ), whole/sound/healthy(fulfilling it’s office)
  • bad[4190] = diseased, blind, evil

35 Then watch out that the light in you is not darkness.

From NetBible Lk 11:35

  • * This is a present imperative, calling for a constant watch – keep your lamps burning

36 If therefore your whole body is full of light, with no dark part in it, it will be wholly illumined, as when the lamp illumines you with its rays.”

From NetBible Lk 11:36

  • full of light[5460] = bright character
    * from [5457] = full of truth and its knowledge, together with the spiritual
    purity associated with it

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What are your eyes fixed on? 

To be full of light, keep your lamps burning …

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Related:
Making Crooked Paths Straight!

Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth

August 27, 2014

2 Timothy 2:14-18 AMP
14 Remind [the people] of these facts and [solemnly] charge them in the presence of the Lord to avoid petty controversy over words, which does no good but upsets and undermines the faith of the hearers.

If there is a controversy, do not argue about things that don’t matter.


15 Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.

Do not use “opinion” to argue or correct a false teaching – use God’s word “rightly divided”!


16 But avoid all empty (vain, useless, idle) talk, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness.
17 And their teaching [will devour; it] will eat its way like cancer or spread like gangrene. So it is with Hymenaeus and Philetus,
18 Who have missed the mark and swerved from the truth by arguing that the resurrection has already taken place. They are undermining the faith of some.

Public false teaching must be refuted or corrected publicly. If the names of false teachers are known – they are announced publicly so that the faith of the immature is not undermined and the false teaching does not spread.

This is why the following qualification for an elder is so important!

Titus 1:9 AMP
9 He must hold fast to the sure and trustworthy Word of God as he was taught it, so that he may be able both to give stimulating instruction and encouragement in sound (wholesome) doctrine and to refute and convict those who contradict and oppose it [showing the wayward their error].

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Word Study
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From NetBible 2Tim 2:15
  • study[4704] = make every effort with all diligence
  • approved[1384] = shown to be genuine, not counterfeit
  • workman[2040] = teacher, laborer (for God)
  • rightly dividing[3718] = to cut straight, to proceed on a straight path, to make smooth and straight, to teach correctly

From the study above, rightly dividing the word of God,

  • Takes continual effort
  • reveals the difference between being genuine and counterfeit
  • makes paths straight!
  • “cuts” straight

This last thing – “cuts straight” made me think of placing blocks together to build something. If the blocks are not cut straight, they won’t “stand” or fit together very easily. They will be easy to knock over!

Ephesians 4:14-16 AMP
14 So then, we may no longer be children, tossed [like ships] to and fro between chance gusts of teaching and wavering with every changing wind of doctrine, [the prey of] the cunning and cleverness of unscrupulous men, [gamblers engaged] in every shifting form of trickery in inventing errors to mislead.
15 Rather, let our lives lovingly express truth [in all things, speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly]. Enfolded in love, let us grow up in every way and in all things into Him Who is the Head, [even] Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
16 For because of Him the whole body (the church, in all its various parts), closely joined and firmly knit together by the joints and ligaments with which it is supplied, when each part [with power adapted to its need] is working properly [in all its functions], grows to full maturity, building itself up in love.

This study shows ==> If you rightly divide and use God’s words – you won’t “fit” with those who don’t(those who only use opinion or feelings).

Related:
Making Crooked Paths Straight!

Making Crooked Paths Straight!

August 23, 2014

How to make a crooked path straight!
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Psalm 119 :103-105 AMP
103 How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 Through Your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.
105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

I’ve looked at this scripture many times but today a few things jumped out that I never saw before.  From the word study below it’s interesting to see the strong’s meaning of the word tasting – eating – for the purpose of discipline or correcting and training up.

  1. Without tasting, eating, digesting(applying God’s word), you will not know how sweet they are. 
  2. Without tasting(applying God’s word), you will not increase your understanding(discernment). You won’t recognize a false way(crooked path).
  3. Without tasting(applying God’s word), you will have no lamp or light to make your path straight.

Proverbs 3:5-7 AMP
Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. 
In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; reverently fear and worship the Lord and turn [entirely] away from evil.

If you are judging/discerning by your own understanding without God’s word(or with a twisted rationalized word), you are on a crooked path.

Isaiah 59:8-9 AMP
8 The way of peace they know not, and there is no justice or right{judgement} in their goings. They have made them into crooked paths; whoever goes in them does not know peace. 9 Therefore are justice and right{judgement} far from us, and righteousness and salvation do not overtake us. We expectantly wait for light, but [only] see darkness; for brightness, but we walk in obscurity and gloom.

Why is this so important? It’s a matter of life and death!

Proverbs 14:12 AMP
12 There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death.

Word Study.

From NetBible Ps 119:103

  • word[0565] = utterance, speech and/or word of God, the Torah
  • taste[02441] = palate in sense of tasting(eating)
    *from [02596] = to initiate or discipline:-dedicate, train up
  • mouth[06310] = organ of speech

From NetBible Ps 119:104

  • percepts[0565] = command, commandments
  • understanding[0995] = discernment, insight

From NetBible Ps 119:105

  • word[0565] = utterance, speech and/or word of God, the Torah

From NetBible Pro 3:5:7

  • understanding[0998] = discernment, wisdom
  • * “to know Him”  includes mental awareness of who God is and the consequential submission to His lordship. To know him is to obey him. The sage is calling for a life of trust and obedience in which the disciple sees the Lord in every event and relies on him. To acknowledge the Lord in every event means trusting and obeying him for guidance in right conduct.
  • * If one fears the Lord and turns away from evil, then he is depending on the Lord and not wise in his own eyes. There is a higher source of wisdom than human insight.

From NetBible Pro 14:12

  • right[03477] = straight, level, upright, correct
  • * the “way” that seems right – a person can rationalize all he wants, but the result is still the same. The proverb warns that any evil activity can take any number of ways (plural) to destruction.

Refusing to Judge – Judge Not!

August 20, 2014

Matthew 7:1-5 NASB 
1  Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

My last post “Judge Not?” received some interesting replies. Seems many Christians{including Pastors} are very confused about how to respond when they see a brother or sister caught in sin. Notice how my last post did not have anything personal in it. Yet I still got a response to this post hanging on to the idea that we must never judge anyone for fear of being judged ourselves and  I was actually accused of being “judgmental” and/or “unloving” for even suggesting the idea that we do need to judge! So what are the consequences of refusing to judge? There are some serious consequences discussed below.

Summary of Refusing to Judge(apply God’s word)

  • A log remains in your eye causing you to see unclearly -Mt 7;3
  • You can not help your brother remove the speck from his eye  -Mt 7:3
  • Your hearing becomes dull -He 5:11
  • You do not mature -He 5:12
  • You need someone else to teach you basic principles in God’s word -He 5:12
  • You need some one else to help you discern good from evil -He 5:14
  • You will not know who or how to present God’s word -Mt 7:6
  • You are building on sand and in danger of being swept away -Mt 7:24-28

Let’s look at this, if you never judge yourself(apply the standard of God’s word to yourself), what is the result? => you can’t help your brother and a log remains in your eye causing you to see unclearly. How then will you have discernment(correct judgement about what is good or evil)? Discernment is something that comes by the “practice” of applying God’s word.

Hebrews 5:11-14 NASB
11 Concerning him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant.14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.

From the above verses refusing to judge yourself(apply the standard of God’s word to yourself) causes your hearing to become dull, you do not mature and need someone else to help you discern good from evil.

Look at the very next verse of Matthew 7.

Matthew 7:6 NASB 
“Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

How will you recognize these “dogs” or “swine” without discernment(correct judgement about what is good or evil)? How will you know who to present God’s word to?

What are the “pearls” in this verse? Who are the swine?

From Gill’s commentary
“do not cast pearls before swine”, nor deliver wisdom to him, who knows not the excellency of it; for wisdom is better than pearls, and he that does not seek after it, is worse than a swine.”

Proverbs 9:7-9 NASB
7 He who corrects a scoffer gets dishonor for himself,
And he who reproves a wicked man gets insults for himself.
8 Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you,
Reprove a wise man and he will love you.
9 Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser,
Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning.

Matthew 7:24-28 NIV
The Wise and Foolish Builders
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

Judge Not?

August 17, 2014

Matthew 7:1 NASB … Do not judge so that you will not be judged.

This verse is often quoted when questions arise about exposing error, false teaching or false teachers. Does this really mean NEVER judge, NEVER expose error, NEVER refute error publicly? What does this verse really mean?

Lets look at some more of Matthew 7.

Matthew 7:2-5 NASB
For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

V5 is interesting – how can you see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye if you don’t judge first yourself and then your brother?

Isn’t this really saying don’t judge as a hypocrite? Isn’t the point of the statement “do not judge so that you will not be judged” that the standards we apply to others, should also apply to ourselves?

V5 gives us a clue on who we are to be “judging”  – our brother(or sister) or those who say they are our brother(or sister).

1 Corinthians 5:9-13 NASB
I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people; 10 I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world. 11 But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? 13 But those who are outside, God judges. Remove the wicked man from among yourselves.

Paul here is saying that you are to judge your brother(or sister), those within the “church” or those who say they are within the “body”.  It’s interesting to note that in this whole passage Paul confronts sexual sin publicly here because it affects the whole church  -1 Cor 5:1-13

Judge not to condemn ==> but to restore.

Judge righteously through the Holy Spirit.

Galatians 6:1 AMP … Brethren, if any person is overtaken in misconduct or sin of any sort, you who are spiritual [who are responsive to and controlled by the Spirit] should set him right and restore and reinstate him, without any sense of superiority and with all gentleness, keeping an attentive eye on yourself, lest you should be tempted also.

John 7:24 AMP … [Jesus also says]Be honest in your judgment and do not decide at a glance (superficially and by appearances); but judge fairly and righteously.
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Related:
Matthew 18 Used to Silence Contenders
John 8: Jesus as Judge

Bless the LORD Oh My Soul!

August 15, 2014

Psalm 34:1 NIV
1 I will extol{bless} the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips.

From NetBible Ps 34:1

  • extol[01288] = bless, kneel, praise, salute as an act of adoration
  • praise[08416] = high praise(demanded by qualities or deeds or attributes of God), song or hymn
    *from halal[01984] = to shine

Bless the Lord at ALL times, in every situation and circumstance, before, in and after trials, in bright days and dark nights.

His praise shall continually be in my mouth, not in my heart merely, but in my mouth too. Our tongue is our glory, and it ought to reveal the glory of God. What a blessed mouthful is God’s praise! -Spurgeon

The Lord deserves blessing with the heart – and high praise – a song on the lips!

Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks and sings! -Lk 6:45

Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised[01984], And His greatness is unsearchable. -Ps 145:3

Because experiencing Your loyal love is better than life itself, my lips will praise You{My lips brim praises like fountains.}. 
So I will bless[01288] You as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name{My arms wave like banners of praise to You.}. -Ps 63:3-4

Related:
Spurgeon Commentary

Good Gifts

August 13, 2014

Matthew 7:7,11 AMP
7 Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you.

11 If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father Who is in heaven [perfect as He is] give good and advantageous things to those who keep on asking Him!

Mt7_11
Image from 365promises

James 1:17 AMP
17 Every good gift and every perfect (free, large, full) gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of all [that gives] light, in [the shining of] Whom there can be no variation [rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [as in an eclipse].

… who does not change like shifting shadows. NIV
… with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. NASB
… Unlike them[the heavenly lights], He never changes or casts shifting shadows. NLT
… with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. NRSV
… with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. NKJV

 

Praise to God the Father of lights, He never changes or casts shifting shadows. Every good and perfect gift is from above, from Him. Lord Jesus help us come to You and  ask, trusting that You will answer. Help us to persist and not give up until we hear from You!

Related:
Every Good and Perfect Gift

HIs Footsteps = Our Pathway

August 10, 2014

Psalm 85:10-13 NKJV
10 Mercy and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed. 11 Truth shall spring out of the earth, And righteousness shall look down from heaven. 12 Yes, the LORD will give what is good; And our land will yield its increase. 13 Righteousness will go before Him, And shall make His footsteps our pathway.

From NetBible Ps 85:10-13

  • Righteousness{Deliverance} and peace greet each other with a kiss. The psalmist personifies these abstract qualities to emphasize that God’s loyal love and faithfulness{truth} will yield deliverance and peace for his people.
  • The psalmist already sees undeniable signs of God’s faithfulness{truth} and expects deliverance to arrive soon.
  • “and it prepares for a way his footsteps.” Some suggest emending וְיָשֵׂם(vÿyasem, “and prepares”) to וְשָׁלוֹם (vÿshalom, “and peace”) since “deliverance” and “peace” are closely related earlier in v. 10. This could be translated, “and peace [goes ahead, making] a pathway for his footsteps”

The Lord Jesus Christ goes before
His footsteps are our pathway.

Trust in the Lord Jesus Christ
He is faithful and true
To keep the one who follows close behind

Peace and deliverance are in His footsteps!
 

Psalm 63:8 NKJV
8 My soul follows close behind You{follows hard after You}; Your right hand upholds me.

Follow close{follow hard} behind the Lord Jesus Christ
Place your feet in His footsteps
And be upheld by His MIGHTY right hand!

Give me one pure and holy passion
Give me on magnificent obsession
Give me one glorious ambition for my life
To know and follow hard after You

To know and follow hard after you
To grow as your dicsiple in your truth
This world is empty, pale, and poor
Compared to knowing you, my Lord
Lead me on and I will run after you
Lead me on and I will run after you

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After I wrote the above I went to church and the bulletin had
“Walk by Faith” on the front…
with the image of footprints in the sand!

WalkByFaith

Related:
Established Steps


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