Monthly Archives: May 2014

May 20, 2014


Psalm 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. I have always thought this verse in English was a bit strange. What does it mean to “hide God’s Word,” anyway? However, the … Continue reading

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May 19, 2014


Psalm 118:17 I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done. This verse has been seized on by many as a promise to them, sometimes rightly and sometimes as just wishful thinking. Just yesterday we … Continue reading

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May 18, 2014


Psalm 118:6 The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? In Japanese, “confidence” is written with characters that mean “self belief.” When I am teaching English to Japanese, I tell them I … Continue reading

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May 17, 2014


Psalm 116:7 Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. It is an interesting stylistic convention that so many of the Psalmists addressed their souls like this. We don’t know who this … Continue reading

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May 16, 2014


Psalm 112:1 Praise the Lord. Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in his commands. This Psalm is another listing of the benefits of fearing the Lord. There are many such Psalms, and several are, … Continue reading

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May 15, 2014


Psalm 111:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise. There are a couple of differences in nuance between the NIV and the Japanese here. … Continue reading

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May 14, 2014


Psalm 103:2 Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. David starts his Psalm of praise this way, and then spends the next 17 verses expressing some of the good things God does. I like the … Continue reading

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May 13, 2014


Psalm 97:11-12 Light is shed upon the righteous and joy on the upright in heart. Rejoice in the Lord, you who are righteous, and praise his holy name. I really like the turn of phrase in the Japanese for verse … Continue reading

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May 12, 2014


Psalm 94:9 Does he who implanted the ear not hear? Does he who formed the eye not see? This is a major reason people try to take refuge in atheism. They are “weirded out” by the thought that God sees … Continue reading

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May 11, 2014


Psalm 89:8 O Lord God Almighty, who is like you? You are mighty, O Lord, and your faithfulness surrounds you. It’s interesting that “Ethan the Ezrahite” doesn’t seem to have that firm a grasp on the concept of monotheism, yet … Continue reading

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