The Bible's message is simple but profound. True happiness is possible but seems elusive because people seek it in the wrong way. Happiness pursued apart from the way that God has directed is man-centered and futile. Happiness is found in the law of God, in avoiding the path of sin; it is the indirect result of holiness.
The Devil wants to oppress man and make him an animal; God wants to rescue His people and free them from all external and internal oppression.
You cannot live a private Christian life; it must be publicly manifested.
A new religion in our culture is victimology. We see ourselves as victims and blame others. In reality, we are not victims but sinners and rebels. To experience the great joy of Christmas, we must first recognize ourselves as miserable sinners (the bad news) and look to Jesus in faith as the one who redeems us from our sin and then crowns us again with glory and honour (the good news; Ps 8.5).
In a time of restlessness and anxiety in the world, the gift of God has come to us in the Lord Jesus, bringing peace and joy.
The tongue is a sword; no physician can heal the wounds of the tongue.
We are defeated when we try to live the Christian life by “unleashing the power of our inner self.” It's in the power of Christ alone that we can have victory.
This Psalm of humility exalts the Law of God, and points us to Christ. The theme of the Psalm is the glory of God.
Christ not only redeems us, but He continues to act creatively in His world governing all things down to the details.
Our sphere as the church has largely been that of a child; we've retreated from one area of life to another, leaving law, politics, education, etc. to the influence of godless people. Toronto is God's city because all authority in heaven and earth belongs to Christ
The gospel in Psalm 27 is that God will care for us though we're abandoned by all others.
The picture of sin and forgiveness in Psalm 32 points us to the work of Christ in bearing the burden of our sin on the cross.
The watchful eyes of parents keep children from countless dangers. The eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him.
We are called to cry out to God, see that He is good and taste His goodness.
Christ is the righteous warrior-king who makes His bride glorious. Christ reigns righteously by His Word until He returns to secure His victory and to judge the living and the dead.
We don't like to speak of those who oppose God as our enemies. But because they hate Christ, they also hate us. We need to recognize that, and stop deluding ourselves that we can remove the offense of the Gospel. To God's enemies: Be still. That is, stop your futile resistance against God. The battle is won. What appear to be battles are mere skirmishes on the plain of victory. When we avail ourselves of the power of God, we will see God moving mightily.
Psalm 50 magnifies the condition of our souls as God calls a cosmic court session and charges His people with superficial religion and hypocrisy.
The Psalms give voice to the believer's cries to God. Following David's sin, his sons subsequently rebelled, forcing David to flee to the wilderness where he writes Psalms 3 and 63. Under affliction, David's soul is thirsting for God Himself. The Psalms celebrate God's loyal, faithful, enduring love. We need to set aside time to remember God's steadfast love demonstrated to us in the cross. As we cling to God we gain confidence, so we can then offer confidence to those who come to us.
Fathers are responsible to teach the next generation who God is.
If we will turn in love to Christ, we can have peace: peace within, peace with God, and His indwelling power to make peace with others.
We have only been given a small amount of time and it matters what we do with it. Eternal life is not merely an endless succession of moments; it is a new quality of life in God.
If we want to live in reality, we need to live under the order and reality of God. But humanity wants to submit God and His order to its values, discolouring the world into fifty shades of grey.
Our task is to sow the seed of regeneration everywhere by the work and power of the Holy Spirit. We should not place false confidence in man's enlightened reason to transform society.
Worship is our response to God as He reveals Himself to us in His Word and in His world; that is what it means to be human. Worship for many believers is stunted because they have an inadequate view of God; their God is not sovereign, He is not victorious in history.
The praise of God changes us; it reorients us from self-centeredness to focus on God, reflecting on His faithful hand and just works.
The righteous man is immovable and does not fear bad news for God has poured out His love in our hearts.
God's name is not hallowed because His throne is not recognized. The problem is idolatry.
When we face trouble, we need to look away from ourselves and look to God for rescue.
We are not at peace when we are unwilling to think in terms of God's revealed meaning. Man in his rebellion not only wants to determine good and evil but also demands an infallible knowledge of how evil arose in the first place.
The State now claims deity in defining morality, a life worth living, and what a human person is.
The deepest longings of the soul are only satisfied in God. We are all worshipers at heart, and we are conformed to the image of the thing that we worship.