Psalm 34

 

Hey everyone, I want to share Psalm 34 with you all today. It’s been a blessing to my soul as I read, pray and meditate on it.

Psalm 34 (ESV)

Taste and See That the Lord Is Good

34  Of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away.

I will bless the Lord at all times;

his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

My soul makes its boast in the Lord;

let the humble hear and be glad.

Oh, magnify the Lord with me,

and let us exalt his name together!

I sought the Lord, and he answered me

and delivered me from all my fears.

Those who look to him are radiant,

and their faces shall never be ashamed.

This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him

and saved him out of all his troubles.

The angel of the Lord encamps

around those who fear him, and delivers them.

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!

Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints,

for those who fear him have no lack!

10  The young lions suffer want and hunger;

but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

11  Come, O children, listen to me;

I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

12  What man is there who desires life

and loves many days, that he may see good?

13  Keep your tongue from evil

and your lips from speaking deceit.

14  Turn away from evil and do good;

seek peace and pursue it.

15  The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous

and his ears toward their cry.

16  The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,

to cut off the memory of them from the earth.

17  When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears

and delivers them out of all their troubles.

18  The Lord is near to the brokenhearted

and saves the crushed in spirit.

19  Many are the afflictions of the righteous,

but the Lord delivers him out of them all.

20  He keeps all his bones;

not one of them is broken.

21  Affliction will slay the wicked,

and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.

22  The Lord redeems the life of his servants;

none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez

My Soul Waits

 

Hey everyone! How are you? I hope all is well!

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;

Psalm 130:5 ESV

I wait for the Lord,…. For his gracious presence and the light of his countenance, being in darkness, as well as in the deep; for his salvation and deliverance out of the depths of distress; for an answer of prayer, having cried unto him for application of pardoning grace he had some view and hopes of; and for the performance of promises the Lord had made to him; and for eternal glory and happiness: all which are to be patiently and quietly waited for, God having his set time to do them; and may be confidently expected, since he is gracious and merciful, wise and powerful, faithful and immutable. David might also be waiting for the coming of Christ, as all the Old Testament saints did; through whom all the above are enjoyed;

my soul waits; which shows that this was not mere bodily service or waiting upon God and for him in an external way; but expresses the intenseness of his mind, the earnest desires of his heart after God, his affection for him, and the exercise of all other graces on him; his whole soul, and all the powers of it, were engaged in this work.

and in his word I hope: both in his essential Word the Messiah, who was the Hope of Israel as well as the Saviour of them; the object, ground, and foundation of hope, of all blessings, of grace and of glory: and in his word of promise concerning the coming of Christ, and salvation by him; concerning the pardon of sin through him, and eternal life by him; as well as in many other special and particular promises made to David, concerning himself, his family, and his kingdom. Arama and Kimchi interpret it of the promise of deliverance from captivity made to the Jews.

Waiting! Yes, patiently waiting!

Till next steps made plain shall be;

To hear, with the inner hearing,

The Voice that will call for me.

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Waiting! Yes, quietly waiting!

No need for an anxious dread;

Shall He not assuredly guide me,

Who giveth me daily bread?

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Waiting! Yes, hopefully waiting!

With hope that needn’t grow dim;

The Master is pledged to guide me,

And my eyes are unto Him.

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Waiting! Yes, expectantly waiting!

Perhaps it may be today

The Master will quickly open

The gate to my future way.

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Waiting! Yes, trustfully waiting!

I know, though I’ve waited long,

That, while He withholds His purpose,

His waiting cannot be wrong.

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Waiting! Yes, waiting, Still waiting!

The Master will not be late;

He knoweth that I am waiting

For Him to unlatch the gate.

—J. D. Smith

Source: Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible

Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez

Thirsting For God

Hey everyone! How are you? I hope all is well!

Thirsty?

God thirsts to be thirsted after.

-Augustine (354-430), bishop of Hippo

Do you thirst for God, the living God?

As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him?

Psalm 42:1-2 NLT

Psalm 42:1- “As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God.”

(I made some translation edits to make Spurgeon’s writings easier to understand.)

As after a long drought the poor fainting female deer longs for the streams, or rather as the hunted adult male deer instinctively seeks after the river to wash its smoking flanks and to escape the dogs, even so my weary, persecuted soul pants after the Lord my God. Excluded from public worship, David was heartsick. Ease he did not seek, honour he did not covet, but the enjoyment of communion with God was an urgent need of his soul; he viewed it not merely as the sweetest of all luxuries, but as an absolute necessity, like water to a male deer. Like the parched traveller in the wilderness, whose skin bottle is empty, and who finds the wells dry, he must drink or die – he must have his God or faint. His soul, his very self, his deepest life, was insatiable for a sense of the divine presence. As the adult male deer loudly cries so his soul prays. Connecting him with his God and he is as content as the poor deer which at length quenches its thirst and is perfectly happy; but deny him his Lord, and his heart hauls, his heart palpitates, his whole frame is convulsed, like one who gasps for breath, or pants with long running. Dear reader, do you know what this is, by personally having felt the same? It is a sweet bitterness. The next best thing to living in the light of the Lord’s love is to be unhappy till we have it, and to breathe hard hourly after it – hourly, did I say? Thirst is a perpetual appetite, and not to be forgotten, and even so continual is the heart’s longing after God. When it is as natural for us to long for God as for an animal to thirst, it is well with our souls, however painful our feelings. We may learn from this verse that the eagerness of our desires may be pleaded with God, and the more so, because there are special promises for the persistent and fervent.

Psalm 42:2- “I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him?” 

“My soul.” All my nature, my inmost self. “Thirsteth.” Which is more than hungering; hunger you can palliate, but thirst is awful, insatiable, clamorous, deadly. O to have the most intense craving after the highest good! this is no questionable mark of grace. “For God.” Not merely for the temple and the ordinances, but for fellowship with God himself. None but spiritual men can sympathise with this thirst. “For the living God.” Because he lives, and gives to men the living water; therefore we, with greater eagerness, desire him. A dead God is a mere mockery; we feel intense dislike such a monstrous deity; but the ever-living God, the perennial fountain of life and light and love, is our soul’s desire. What are gold, honour, pleasure, but dead idols? May we never pant for these. “When shall I come and appear before God?” He who loves the Lord loves also the assemblies wherein his name is adored. Vain are all pretences to religion where the outward means of grace have no attraction. David was never so much at home as in the house of the Lord; he was not content with private worship; he did not forsake the place where saints assemble, as the manner of some is. See how pathetically he questions as to the prospect of his again uniting in the joyous gathering! How he repeats and reiterates his desire! After his God, his Elohim (his God to be worshipped, who had entered into covenant with him), he pined even as the drooping flowers for the dew, or the moaning turtle for her mate. It were well if all our resorting to public worship were viewed as appearances before God, it would then be a sure mark of grace to delight in them. Alas, how many appear before the minister, or their fellow-men, and think that enough! “To see the face of God” is the nearer translation of the Hebrew; but the two ideas may be combined – he would see his God and be seen of him; this is worth thirsting after!

Hope you were blessed by the reading! Leave a comment, share your thoughts! I enjoy hearing how God is working in your life! God Bless!

Source: Charles H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David.

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Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez

O COME, O COME, EMMANUEL

Hey everyone! How are you doing? I hope all is well!

Today I want to share another one of my favorite Christmas songs. Christ came not only to be the Emmanuel—“God with us”—but even in a more personal way, God in us. Carry this truth throughout the Advent Season.

O COME, O COME, EMMANUEL

Latin hymn from 12th century

English translation by John M. Neale, 1818–1866

He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; His kingdom will never end. (Luke 1:32, 33)

The preparation for the celebration of our Lord’s birth begins four Sundays before Christmas Day. This begins the period known as the Advent season. Advent centers on the Old Testament prophecies concerning a coming Messiah and His establishment of an earthly kingdom. The Messiah’s coming was prophesied 600 years before His birth. At the time the Jewish people were living in captivity in Babylon. For centuries thereafter faithful Jews earnestly anticipated the Deliverer-Messiah with great longing and expectation, echoing the prayer that He would “ransom captive Israel.” And finally the long awaited heavenly announcement came— “Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord!” (Luke 2:11).

“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” was originally used in the medieval church liturgy as a series of antiphons—short musical statements that were sung for the week of vesper services just before Christmas Eve. Each of these antiphons greets the anticipated Messiah with one of the titles ascribed Him throughout the Old Testament: Wisdom, Emmanuel, The Lord of Might, The Rod of Jesse, Day Spring, and The Key of David.

The haunting modal melody for the verses is also of ancient origin. It is based on one of the earliest forms of sacred music known—the Chant or Plain Song.

O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel, that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear.

O come, O come, Thou Lord of might who to Thy tribes, on Sinai’s height, in ancient times didst give the law in cloud and majesty and awe.

O come, thou Rod of Jesse, free Thine own from Satan’s tyranny; from depths of hell Thy people save and give them vict’ry o’er the grave.

O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer our spirits by Thine advent here; O drive away the shades of night and pierce the clouds and bring us light.

O come, Thou Key of David, come and open wide our heav’nly home where all Thy saints with Thee shall dwell—O come, O come, Emmanuel!

Refrain: Rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

For Today: Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; 11:1; 22:22; Matthew 1:22, 23; Luke 1:78, 79; Galatians 4:4, 5

Source: Osbeck, Kenneth W. Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1996.

Selah Rose of Bethlehem

Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez


One Day To Live

Hey! How are you doing? I hope all is well!

Suppose you had only one day to live, how would you live that day?

A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.

Psalm 84:10 NLT

A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else – Better – happier – more profitable – more to be desired – than a thousand days spent elsewhere. That is, I should find more happiness – more true joy – in one day spent in the house of God, in his worship, in the exercises of true religion – more that will be satisfactory to the soul, and that will be dwelt on with pleasure in the memory when life is coming to a close – than I could in a thousand days spent in any other manner. This was much for a man like David – or a man who had been encompassed with all the splendor of royalty – to say; it is much for any man to say. And yet it could be said with truth by him; it can be said with equal truth by others; and when we come to the end of life – to the time when we shall review the past, and ask where we have found most true happiness, most that was satisfactory to the soul, most that we shall delight then to dwell on and to remember, most that we should be glad to have repeated and perpetuated, most that would be free from the remembrance of disappointment, chagrin, and care – it will not be the banqueting hall – the scenes of gaiety – the honors, the praises, the flatteries of people – or even the delights of literature and of the social circle – but it will be the happy times which we shall have spent in communion with God – the times when in the closet we poured out our hearts to Him – when we bowed before him at the family altar, when we approached him in the sanctuary. The sweetest remembrances of life will be the sabbath and the exercises of religion.

 I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God – Margin,” I would choose rather to sit at the threshold.” The verb used here is derived from a noun signifying sill or threshold, and it would seem to mean here to stand on the threshold; to be at the door or the entrance, even without the privilege of entering the house: I would prefer that humble place to a residence within the abodes of the wicked. The verb here used occurs nowhere else in the Scriptures. The exact idea is not, as would seem from our translation, to keep the door, as in the capacity of a sexton or servant, but that of occupying the sill – the threshold – the privilege of standing there, and looking in, even if he was not permitted to enter. It would be an honor and a privilege to be anywhere about the place of public worship, rather than to be the occupant of a dwelling-place of sin.

than live the good life in the homes of the wicked. – The word “tents” here is equivalent to dwellings.[It can also be translated “homes.”] It is used because it was so common in early periods to dwell in tents; and hence, the word was employed to denote a dwelling in general. The emphasis here is very much on the word “in:” – he would prefer standing at the door of the house of worship to dwelling within the abodes of the wicked – that is, to being admitted to intimacy with those who occupy such dwellings – however splendid, rich, and gorgeous, those abodes might be.

Source: Barnes’ Notes on the Bible


One Day To Live

Had I but this one day to live,

One day to love, one day to give,

One day to work and watch and raise

My voice to God in joyous praise,

One day to succor those in need,

Pour healing balm on hearts that bleed,

Or wipe the tears from sorrow’s face,

And hearten those in sad disgrace—

I’d spend, O God, much time with Thee

That Thou might’st plan my day for me.

Most earnestly I’d seek to know

The way that Thou would’st have me go,

For Thou alone canst see the heart—

Thou knowest man’s most inward part.

—Alice M. Muir

May we desire God that much! God is the gospel!

Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez