Wednesday: Under the Shadow of God's Wings

Theme: Two Appealing Images

In this week’s lessons, we learn what it means to trust fully in God, and what the blessings are for those who do.

Scripture: Psalm 91:1-16

Verses 7 and 8 describe thousands falling on either side of those who trust God, noting, "You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.” This interprets the death of the thousands as God's punishment for sin and places the deliverance of God's people in that context. In other words, it is not a promise that those who trust God will never die of disease or even in some military conflict, but that they will not suffer those or any other calamities as God's judgment against them for their sin. Their sin has been atoned for by the blood of Jesus Christ.

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Tuesday: Under the Shadow of God's Wings

Theme: Trusting God in All Circumstances

In this week’s lessons, we learn what it means to trust fully in God, and what the blessings are for those who do.

Scripture: Psalm 91:1-16

As we noted in yesterday’s reading, the psalm's promises are for you only if the God of the Bible is your God. And what promises they are! There are four metaphors for the security we can have in God. God will be our "shelter” and "shadow” (v. 1) and our "refuge" and "fortress" (v. 2). There are also four names for God, which give substance and strength to the metaphors. He is "the Most High,” “the Almighty" (v. 1), "the LORD” and "my God" (v. 2). When the psalmist identifies God as his God in the last expression, it is a way of saying that the shelter, shadow, refuge and fortress are for those who really do dwell in God and trust him.

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A Most Mischievous and Ill-Informed Half Truth

Current discussions of the Reformers and the doctrine of God reveal that Etienne Gilson's comment on what makes a competent philosopher applies just as much to competent theologians.

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Monday: Under the Shadow of God's Wings

Theme: Dwelling in the Shelter of the Most High

In this week’s lessons, we learn what it means to trust fully in God, and what the blessings are for those who do.

Scripture: Psalm 91:1-16

All the psalms are from God and are wonderful in their several ways. But there are some that have commended themselves to God's people as being especially rich and comforting, and to which they have repeatedly turned in times of sickness, loneliness and trouble. Psalm 91 is one of these special psalms. It has been committed to heart by thousands of people, and millions have turned to it with thankfulness in the midst of life's calamities.

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Friday: A Sober "Song of Moses"

Theme: Three Petitions

This week’s psalm shows us how to look at our earthly life from the Bible’s point of view, with God as the center and focus of it.

Scripture: Psalm 90:1-17

Backing up to verse 12, we find three petitions in this closing section of the psalm.

Don't you want God to do that? Don't you want your life here and what you do here to have meaning? Don't you want to be a blessing to others? I am sure you do. But I remind you that the only way that can happen is if God establishes your work. May he do that so that others who come after you will be blessed because of you, and so, when you die and appear before God the Father, you will hear him say, "Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness” (Matt. 25:21, 23)!

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Regret or Repentance

Life is found in repentance. Regret produces death. Seeing the difference between the two can help us better understand the grace of the Gospel and receive the salvation offered by Jesus Christ.

This was probably a familiar scenario either when you were a child or now as an adult. Some instruction has been given by an authority. Let’s say, for example, “Do not eat the cookies.” The cookies look really tasty. They smell fantastic. And you really really want one. Likely, you will get one after dinner, but you want one right now. No one is looking. No one would see if you just reached quickly and snagged one off the plate. You grab it and scurry off to a corner and gobble up the cookie. It is delicious and gone far too quickly.

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Thursday: A Sober "Song of Moses"

Theme: Sin’s Price

This week’s psalm shows us how to look at our earthly life from the Bible’s point of view, with God as the center and focus of it.

Scripture: Psalm 90:1-17

The third section of Psalm 90 (vv. 7-12) recognizes that man's greatest problem is not just his frailty, that is, that he exists for only a short bit of time and is then no more. It is that he is also a sinner and is subject to the just wrath of God. In fact, it is sin that is the cause of his death and misery. Moses must have been thinking of the fall of Adam and Eve when he wrote this (remembering that he also wrote Genesis 3), as well as of his own sin in striking the rock and of God's judgment which kept him from the promised land.

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Wednesday: A Sober "Song of Moses"

Theme: The Brevity of Life

This week’s psalm shows us how to look at our earthly life from the Bible’s point of view, with God as the center and focus of it.

Scripture: Psalm 90:1-17

In contrast with the stability and eternity of God, Moses directs our attention next to the weakness of man and to the brevity of his earthly life (vv. 3-6). In the dry, arid climate of the near east a night rain will often cause a carpet of green grass to spring up in the morning on the otherwise brown hills. But the blazing daytime sun will frequently also scorch it out by nightfall. Moses is saying that our lives are like that.

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When Humpty Met Alice: Some Thoughts on Systematic Theology as Poor Relation, Part Four

The Christian Faith is a dogmatic faith, defined by creeds and confessions.  And Systematic Theology is vital to understanding exactly what those creeds and confessions mean.

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Tuesday: A Sober "Song of Moses"

Theme: Our Only Sure Foundation

This week’s psalm shows us how to look at our earthly life from the Bible’s point of view, with God as the center and focus of it.

Scripture: Psalm 90:1-17

Yesterday we looked at the first circumstance arising from Numbers 20, that of the death of Miriam. Today we continue with two others.

We come now to Psalm 90 itself, a psalm that, like Numbers 20, is a reflection on human mortality and the brevity of life, plus quiet confidence in God who is the steadfast hope of the righteous. This psalm is probably the greatest passage in the Bible contrasting the grandeur of God with man's frailty.

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