Like a Tree By the Waters

A verse-by-verse commentary on Psalm 1

Blessed is the man

Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,

Nor stands in the path of sinners,

Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;

True joy and success belong to the one who is dedicated to uprightness. He does not listen to every piece of advice, but weighs it carefully in wisdom, choosing not to act upon the promptings of the foolish or wicked. He does not stand for what is wrong, but boldly stands for what is right. He does not make friends with those who mock the truth – rather, he is mocked and rejected because of his stand.

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1 Samuel 21: David on the Run

We left off in 1 Samuel 20 with David learning from Jonathan that his relationship with Saul was not going to be restored and his life was in serious danger. After a tearful farewell of his best friend, David fled. Chapter 21 picks up the story by charting the beginning of David’s travels.

The first stop is at the tabernacle, which at the time was in the city of Nob. Continue reading

Lord, I Need You

Dear Lord,

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends You, and lead me along the path of everlasting life (Psa. 139:23-24).

Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults (Psa. 19:12). Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer. (Psa. 19:14). Continue reading