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Reading Psalm 37 just a little while ago, I again came across this precious Verse: “Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”(Psalm 37:5) “Commit” is a Hebrew verb (“galal”) meaning “to roll something” onto a person. Or “to roll it off!” “Way” (“derek”) means one’s […]
Psalm 36 gives us one of the Bible’s many descriptions of a “wicked man.” At least its opening and closing verses do so. One trait that impressed me late last night was … “He deviseth mischief upon his bed.” Psalm 36:4 The verb “deviseth” is “chashab” in Hebrew and means “to think, to imagine, to […]
We sing “Onward Christian Soldiers.” And “I want to die on the Battlefield.” And “When the Battle’s Over, I Shall Wear a Crown!” Among many other Hymns that depict the Christian life as a struggle. Paul taught us to “put on the whole armour of God,” to better overcome the Devil. Jesus depicted the Cross […]
The word occurs 81 times in the King James Bible, best I can count. “Continually,” that is. All the way from Genesis 6:5 to Hebrews 13:15, the first instance describing mankind living wicked lives “continually.” And the last instance has (saved, born again) mankind praising God “continually!” Quite a range! My Text verse for today’s […]
“Arguments” in prayer? In prayer to the Lord God Almighty? Sounds strange, doesn’t it, maybe even paradoxical? But Biblically such a concept (presenting God your arguments, your reasons, your needs) is apparently allowed! Maybe even encouraged! Or at least one of the most godly men who ever lived (the Old Testament hero Job) prayed this […]
Psalm 32:5 is one of the truly great Verses of the Old Testament. It records the words of King David (later in the New Testament called “a man after God’s Own Heart”) as he “gets right” with God, apparently after the Bathsheba affair had occurred! “I said, I will CONFESS my transgressions unto the LORD; […]
There is reason to believe that the Old Testament word for “wisdom” means, at least in part, “having SKILL at godly living!” “Chokmah,” the actual Hebrew noun translated “wisdom” (145 times in the Bible) … is once expressed this way, in the King James Version anyway: “a skillful man.” Psalm 33:3 gives us an example: […]
The unusual adjective I just employed is derived from the Latin language. It means “not” (the “in” prefix) “able to be violated, assaulted” (the verb “violare”) … thus; “absolute, unalterable, unbreakable, impregnable,” among others. The word then developed through history to also mean: “sacred, sacrosanct, hallowed,” even “spiritual!” By now you’re probably wondering, “Preacher Bagwell, […]
David prays in Psalm 28:1 … “O LORD my rock; be not silent to me.” David lived the kind of life where (normally) he just HAD TO HAVE the Lord close by his side. He absolutely needed to hear God’s Voice! (Today we would say he lived “in communion” with the Lord.) “Lord, be not […]
Seventeen times the Old Testament mentions words like “backsliding, backslide, and backslider!” Using different Hebrew words, the English meaning is consistent, people who “turn away” from the Lord. These people knew the Truth, then rejected and disdained the very Truth they once espoused! Jeremiah, more than any other Old Testament Prophet, used this word picture, […]
Paul certainly was not ashamed … “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth.” Romans 1:16 It is not God’s Will for any Believer to be ashamed … “Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” Romans 9:33 and […]
One magnificent Clause in the 23rd Psalm informs us WHY (or at least one reason why) the Lord so diligently leads us day by day. “He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” Psalm 23:3 The Hebrew noun used here for “Name” is spelled “shem.” It means “name” in this sense; […]
There is no doubt in my mind as to the identity of this great King. In fact the Bible clearly defines Him as the Lord God Almighty. For example, Psalm 24:10 enquires, twice in fact: “Who is this King of glory?” And the same Psalm (twice) answers that fundamental question of life! “Who is this […]
Materially speaking, God has no needs! Paul said so in Acts 17:25, the very words of today’s lesson title. And Asaph heartily agrees in Psalm 50:12 where God says: “If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof. Also where God succinctly reminds Israel that He “owns […]
It was an ultra busy day, for sure. I preached this month’s CD Bible study and duplicated a number of copies. Then Debbie and I mailed our “Thank You” letters for the month. And in the midst of all that busyness … I did not write the Website Bible Study, Devotional. So, at nearly Midnight […]
That would be, in the eyes of Bible honoring scholars anyway, Psalm 22. It’s about a man dying on a cross. That Man (prophetically speaking) being Jesus Christ, the Son of God! Watch how the Psalm begins. “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? “ Yes, that’s Verse 1. Jesus appropriated these words, […]
Psalm 19 preaches this Truth: “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.” (I’ve just shared both verses 1 and 2 of this great Psalm.) Creation reflecting God’s Glory and Handiwork! Then chronology (“time” itself) agrees that day and […]
I have lived all my life under the “Dispensation of the GRACE of God.” I am alluding to Ephesians 3:2, Paul’s term there. God is administering His Policy of Governance today under “house rules” (what “dispensation” actually means) that emphasize His Mercy, Goodness, Love, Patience, well “GRACE!” But that Method will change one of these days. […]
Its the very opening Line in Psalm 17. Its first three words in the King James Version read: “HEAR THE RIGHT.” Obviously this is a prayer, a plea! (The Psalm is even labeled by its Superscript “A Prayer of David.”) “HEAR THE RIGHT, O LORD.” I have read the Psalms repeatedly in my Christian life. […]
Yes, Psalm 16 is generally considered (by conservative Bible Teachers and Preachers) to be the Resurrection Psalm. Let me show you how such a conclusion is reached. First of all Simon Peter (under the direct Leadership of the Holy Spirit) applies a part of Psalm 16 to Jesus, directly so. Psalm 16, Verse 10 … […]
Psalm 14 is a didactic Portion of Scripture. (The word means that the Passage is instructive, teaching us something.) It’s opening Line clearly illustrates my point today. “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works.” The first thing out of this “fool’s” mouth is […]
Yesterday’s Lesson posted so late (due to an extremely tight preaching schedule) that I fear many of you may have missed reading it. It’s still easily found here on the Blog, our Website. And it is succinctly titled: “THE BIBLE LINKAGE BETWEEN THEOLOGY AND MORALITY.” The Text, a critical verse in Psalm 14, validated by […]
PSALM 13 (having only 6 verses) is an exquisite example of one of the “patterns” in the whole Psalter. (Simply meaning all 150 Psalms as a Collection.) In fact, it is a paradigm of the Christian life. A parable of one of the astounding Ways of God. I shall explain this Truth by merely pointing […]
The inspired man of God laments: “Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth.” Psalm 12:1, where the verb “ceaseth” once in the King James Version of the Bible is translated “come to an end!” Frightening! Even Jesus incisively asks: “When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8 In […]
Most of us are familiar with that list in Proverbs, things God hates … “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a […]

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