Psalm 109


To The Choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

Be not silent, O God of my praise!
For wicked and deceitful mouths are opened against me,
  speaking against me with lying tongues.
They encircle me with words of hate,
  and attack me without cause.
In return for my love they accuse me,
  but I give myself to prayer.a
So they reward me evil for good,
  and hatred for my love.

Appoint a wicked man against him;
  let an accuser stand at his right hand.
When he is tried, let him come forth guilty;
  let his prayer be counted as sin!
May his days be few;
  may another take his office!
May his children be fatherless
  and his wife a widow!
May his children wander about and beg,
  seeking food far from the ruins they inhabit!
May the creditor seize all that he has;
  may strangers plunder the fruits of his toil!
Let there be none to extend kindness to him,
  nor any to pity his fatherless children!
May his posterity be cut off;
  may his name be blotted out in the second generation!
May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the LORD,
  and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out!
Let them be before the LORD continually,
  that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth!

For he did not remember to show kindness,
  but pursued the poor and needy
  and the brokenhearted, to put them to death.
He loved to curse; let curses come upon him!
  He did not delight in blessing; may it be far from him!
He clothed himself with cursing as his coat;
  may it soak into his body like water,
  like oil into his bones!
May it be like a garment that he wraps around him,
  like a belt that he puts on every day!
May this be the reward of my accusers from the LORD,
  of those who speak evil against my life!

But you, O GOD my Lord,
  deal on my behalf for your name’s sake;
  because your steadfast love is good, deliver me!
For I am poor and needy,
  and my heart is stricken within me.
I am gone like a shadow at evening;
  I am shaken off like a locust.
My knees are weak through fasting;
  my body has become gaunt, with no fat.
I am an object of scorn to my accusers;
  when they see me, they wag their heads.

Help me, O LORD my God!
  Save me according to your steadfast love!
Let them know that this is your hand;
  you, O LORD, have done it!
Let them curse, but you will bless!
  They arise and are put to shame, but your servant will be glad!
May my accusers be clothed with dishonor;
  may they be wrapped in their own shame as in a cloak!

With my mouth I will give great thanks to the LORD;
  I will praise him in the midst of the throng.
For he stands at the right hand of the needy one,
  to save him from those who condemn his soul to death.

Date: January 29, 2017
Time: 09:00-10:00 a.m.
Event: Teaching on Psalm 109
Venue: First Baptist Boynton
561-732-5151
Location: 301 N. Seacrest Blvd.
Boynton Beach, FL 33435

Psalm 108


A Song. A Psalm of David.

My heart is steadfast, O God!
  I will sing and make melody with all my being!
Awake, O harp and lyre!
  I will awake the dawn!
I will give thanks to you, O LORD, among the peoples;
  I will sing praises to you among the nations.
For your steadfast love is great above the heavens;
  your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
  Let your glory be over all the earth!
That your beloved ones may be delivered,
  give salvation by your right hand and answer me!

God has promised in his holiness:
  “With exultation I will divide up Shechem
  and portion out the Valley of Succoth.
Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine;
  Ephraim is my helmet,
  Judah my scepter.
Moab is my washbasin;
  upon Edom I cast my shoe;
  over Philistia I shout in triumph.”

Who will bring me to the fortified city?
  Who will lead me to Edom?
Have you not rejected us, O God?
  You do not go out, O God, with our armies.
Oh grant us help against the foe,
  for vain is the salvation of man!
With God we shall do valiantly;
  it is he who will tread down our foes.

Date: January 22, 2017
Time: 09:00-10:00 a.m.
Event: Teaching on Psalm 108
Venue: First Baptist Boynton
561-732-5151
Location: 301 N. Seacrest Blvd.
Boynton Beach, FL 33435

Psalm 107


Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
  for his steadfast love endures forever!
Let the redeemed of the LORD say so,
  whom he has redeemed from trouble
and gathered in from the lands,
  from the east and from the west,
  from the north and from the south.

Some wandered in desert wastes,
  finding no way to a city to dwell in;
hungry and thirsty,
  their soul fainted within them.
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
  and he delivered them from their distress.
He led them by a straight way
  till they reached a city to dwell in.
Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
  for his wondrous works to the children of man!
For he satisfies the longing soul,
  and the hungry soul he fills with good things.

Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
  prisoners in affliction and in irons,
for they had rebelled against the words of God,
  and spurned the counsel of the Most High.
So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor;
  they fell down, with none to help.
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
  and he delivered them from their distress.
He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
  and burst their bonds apart.
Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
  for his wondrous works to the children of man!
For he shatters the doors of bronze
  and cuts in two the bars of iron.

Some were fools through their sinful ways,
  and because of their iniquities suffered affliction;
they loathed any kind of food,
  and they drew near to the gates of death.
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
  and he delivered them from their distress.
He sent out his word and healed them,
  and delivered them from their destruction.
Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
  for his wondrous works to the children of man!
And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving,
  and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!

Some went down to the sea in ships,
  doing business on the great waters;
they saw the deeds of the LORD,
  his wondrous works in the deep.
For he commanded and raised the stormy wind,
  which lifted up the waves of the sea.
They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths;
  their courage melted away in their evil plight;
they reeled and staggered like drunken men
  and were at their wits’ end.
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
  and he delivered them from their distress.
He made the storm be still,
  and the waves of the sea were hushed.
Then they were glad that the watersc were quiet,
  and he brought them to their desired haven.
Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
  for his wondrous works to the children of man!
Let them extol him in the congregation of the people,
  and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

He turns rivers into a desert,
  springs of water into thirsty ground,
a fruitful land into a salty waste,
  because of the evil of its inhabitants.
He turns a desert into pools of water,
  a parched land into springs of water.
And there he lets the hungry dwell,
  and they establish a city to live in;
they sow fields and plant vineyards
  and get a fruitful yield.
By his blessing they multiply greatly,
  and he does not let their livestock diminish.

When they are diminished and brought low
  through oppression, evil, and sorrow,
he pours contempt on princes
  and makes them wander in trackless wastes;
but he raises up the needy out of affliction
  and makes their families like flocks.
The upright see it and are glad,
  and all wickedness shuts its mouth.

Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things;
   let them consider the steadfast love of the LORD.

Date: January 15, 2017
Time: 09:00-10:00 a.m.
Event: Teaching on Psalm 107
Venue: First Baptist Boynton
561-732-5151
Location: 301 N. Seacrest Blvd.
Boynton Beach, FL 33435

Psalm 92


A Psalm. A Song for the Sabbath.

It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
  to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
  and your faithfulness by night,
to the music of the lute and the harp,
  to the melody of the lyre.
For you, O LORD, have made me glad by your work;
  at the works of your hands I sing for joy.

How great are your works, O LORD!
  Your thoughts are very deep!
The stupid man cannot know;
  the fool cannot understand this:
that though the wicked sprout like grass
  and all evildoers flourish,
they are doomed to destruction forever;
  but you, O LORD, are on high forever.
For behold, your enemies, O LORD,
  for behold, your enemies shall perish;
  all evildoers shall be scattered.

But you have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox;
  you have poured over mea fresh oil.
My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies;
  my ears have heard the doom of my evil assailants.

The righteous flourish like the palm tree
  and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
They are planted in the house of the LORD;
  they flourish in the courts of our God.
They still bear fruit in old age;
  they are ever full of sap and green,
to declare that the LORD is upright;
  he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

Date: January 8, 2017
Time: 09:00-10:00 a.m.
Event: Teaching on Psalm 92
Venue: First Baptist Boynton
561-732-5151
Location: 301 N. Seacrest Blvd.
Boynton Beach, FL 33435

Focal conviction for 2017: The Scriptures are absolutely truthful and trustworthy.

In a day in which the only absolute truth seems to be that there is no such thing as absolute truth, God’s word stands as the only sure foundation.

Date: January 1, 2017
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Event: Lecture on Convictional Living in 2017
Topic: Convictional Living in 2017
Venue: First Baptist Boynton
561-732-5151
Location: 301 N. Seacrest Blvd.
Boynton Beach, FL 33435

Psalm 75

To the choirmaster: according to Do Not Destroy. A Psalm of Asaph. A Song.

We give thanks to you, O God; we give thanks, for your name is near. We recount your wondrous deeds.

“At the set time that I appoint I will judge with equity. When the earth totters, and all its inhabitants, it is I who keep steady its pillars. Selah I say to the boastful, ‘Do not boast,’ and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horn; do not lift up your horn on high, or speak with haughty neck.’”

For not from the east or from the west and not from the wilderness comes lifting up, but it is God who executes judgment, putting down one and lifting up another. For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup with foaming wine, well mixed, and he pours out from it, and all the wicked of the earth shall drain it down to the dregs.

But I will declare it forever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob. All the horns of the wicked I will cut off, but the horns of the righteous shall be lifted up.

Date: December 4, 2016
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Event: 2nd Lecture on Psalm 75
Topic: Thanksgiving for God's Judgment
Venue: First Baptist Boynton
561-732-5151
Location: 301 N. Seacrest Blvd.
Boynton Beach, FL 33435

A Prayer of Moses, the man of God.

Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

You return man to dust and say, “Return, O children of man!” For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night.

You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning: in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.

For we are brought to an end by your anger; by your wrath we are dismayed. You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.

For all our days pass away under your wrath; we bring our years to an end like a sigh. The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away. Who considers the power of your anger, and your wrath according to the fear of you?

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. Return, O LORD! How long? Have pity on your servants! Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil. Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children. Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!

–Psalm 90 ESV

Date: December 11, 2016
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Event: Lecture on Psalm 90
Topic: A Timely Prayer to the Eternal God
Venue: First Baptist Boynton
561-732-5151
Location: 301 N. Seacrest Blvd.
Boynton Beach, FL 33435

To the choirmaster: according to Do Not Destroy. A Psalm of Asaph. A Song.

We give thanks to you, O God; we give thanks, for your name is near. We recount your wondrous deeds.

“At the set time that I appoint I will judge with equity. When the earth totters, and all its inhabitants, it is I who keep steady its pillars. Selah I say to the boastful, ‘Do not boast,’ and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horn; do not lift up your horn on high, or speak with haughty neck.’”

For not from the east or from the west and not from the wilderness comes lifting up, but it is God who executes judgment, putting down one and lifting up another. For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup with foaming wine, well mixed, and he pours out from it, and all the wicked of the earth shall drain it down to the dregs.

But I will declare it forever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob. All the horns of the wicked I will cut off, but the horns of the righteous shall be lifted up.

Psalm 75 ESV

Date: November 27, 2016
Time: 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Event: Lecture on Psalm 75
Topic: Thanksgiving for God's Judgment
Venue: First Baptist Boynton
561-732-5151
Location: 301 N. Seacrest Blvd.
Boynton Beach, FL 33435
Public: Public

We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.

C.S. Lewis
The Problem of Pain

Laying R.I.P. to Rest

Reformation21.org
October 25, 2016

Nick Batzig makes a strong case for understanding death from a biblical or Christian perspective. Too many believers use R.I.P. when someone famous dies without regard for what it means to rest in peace. In a similar fashion, far too many employ the letters OMG in casual conversation. It should never be a casual thing to toss out a reference to God. Look at how Batzig states the issue.

I’ve noticed something of a concerning trend over the past several years. It is the way in which believers speak about culture-impacting individuals at their deaths. Instead of simply expressing appreciation for their life and achievements, it has become commonplace for Christians to use the shorthand R.I.P. (“rest in peace”) on social media when speaking of individuals–in whose lives there was no evidence of saving grace–at their death. At the risk of sounding ill-tempered, I wish to set out several reasons why I am troubled by this occurrence.

The author provides three compelling reasons fro his concern and offers wise counsel on how Christians should think and speak of the death of others. Click over and read the article.