This is a psalm of praise written by King David. It is said that it was his last psalm. His last psalm was pure praise of ADONAI and a declaration of faith based on a life of experiences — good and bad.
Matthew’s record of Yeshua’s activity in chapter 9 is a whirlwind of healing, deliverance, correction, exhortation, and teaching. Imagine following Him from miracle to miracle, watching Him give “what for” to the snooty Pharisees, and perhaps, patting one another on the backs that they were the chosen ones. They had front-row seats when Jesus would rid them of their Roman oppressors. Yeah!
You’ve probably felt that moment. The moment where you know what to give — whether money or time or a physical item — and the peace you feel is stronger than the, “Wait! What?” This isn’t about our tithes, tithes are a given, commanded — this is about offerings and what Paul is talking about with the people of Corinth.
False teaching is either so restrictive it’s like slavery, or so loose there are no substantial boundaries. Paul’s frustration with the Galatians was understandable. Why? Because, they were listening to a few Jewish emissaries who taught one could only believe in the Jewish Messiah if they were Jewish. So, better convert these Gentiles into Jews through circumcision. Yikes!
Yeshua said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35, TLV Sometimes we have this hunger and thirst inside us — not an empty stomach or a parched throat — but deep in our soul. No food, no libation fills it, …
As the daughter of a contractor and four of our homes we had built from the ground up — one we finished ourselves, two-story deck included — I understand the importance of integrity, good materials, and patience.
It’s pretty straightforward, right? Having a rough time? Pray. Feeling good? Sing praises to the LORD. Simple, right? I don’t know about you, but I need reminding of this.
Have you ever read the book of Joel? It’s only four chapters, but it is packed with insights. It reads a lot like the book of Revelation sometimes — no coincidence there. Yet, there is so much more.
What’s our first response when someone hurts us? Actually, experts say it is one of two things, strike back, or run away. Or maybe hit and run. LOL! While running away — without hitting — is the better of the two, this behavior might miss an opportunity. An opportunity to overcome evil with good.