In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. Psalm 120:1 Charles H. Spurgeon says: However, when cries to man would be our weakness, cries to God will be our strength. To whom should children cry but to their father? Does not some good come even out of that vile thing, falsehood, when it drives us … More Crying out to God in distress
Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, saying, “Now, O Lord, please remember how I have walked before you in faithfulness and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. And before Isaiah had gone out of the middle court, the word … More For GOD’s sake
“Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Philippians 3:20 John Piper comments: If you are a believer in Christ, you do not have to wait for the second coming of Christ to know where your home is: heaven or hell. When you trust Christ your name … More Your citizenship comes with Him
But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. —Luke 6:36-37 J. C. Ryle, in commentary of Luke … More Ryle: Wherever Christ is best known and obeyed, there will always be found most real joy and peace.
I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant, for I do not forget your commandments. John Piper, on Psalm 119:176, in a sermon, “The Anatomy of Backsliding,” The truth about our experience is that we fail to live at the level of holiness that we know is fitting for a follower of … More The Shocking Last Verse
And Hezekiah prayed before the Lord and said: “O Lord, the God of Israel, enthroned above the cherubim, you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth. Incline your ear, O Lord, and hear; open your eyes, O Lord, and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib, which he has … More Pattern for prayer
John Piper, in a message, “Called to Suffer and Rejoice -that We Might Gain Christ” Why did God ordain and Paul accept the losses that it meant for him to be a Christian? Paul gives the answer again and again in these verses so that we cannot miss the point. He is not passive in this suffering … More Gaining something far more precious
Coty Pinckney on Luke 6: In verses 24-26, Jesus pronounces four woes: On the rich, on the full or satisfied, on the happy or laughing, and on those that people speak well of. Why does Jesus speak these woes? Because all the rich are lost? No. The Bible clearly teaches that some rich people are … More Why does Jesus speak these woes?
I hate and abhor falsehood, but I love your law. Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous rules. Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble. Psalm 119:163-165, ESV To love a law may Seem strange; but it is the only true divine life. To keep it … More Why do you keep God’s law?
Dr. D.A. Carson on 2 Kings 16 (from “The Love of God, Vol 1, Nov 3”) THE BOOKS OF 1 AND 2 KINGS, though they follow the fortunes of both Judah and Israel (the southern and northern kingdoms, respectively, after the division that followed Solomon’s death), lay more emphasis on Israel, the northern ten tribes. More space … More 2 Kings: Every once in a while a really evil or stupid king arises