Tag Archives: spiritual growth

Righteousness and Salvation; October 1, 2022


Psalm 132:9, 16 “May your priests be clothed with righteousness; may your saints sing for joy.”“I will clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints will ever sing for joy.” This is presented as a prayer, and then God’s response. … Continue reading

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Companions; September 26, 2022


Psalm 119:79 May those who fear you turn to me, those who understand your statutes. I chose this verse from reading it in the NIV, but then I read it in Japanese and noticed an interesting distinction: where the NIV … Continue reading

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Spiritual Growth; September 25, 2022


Psalm 119:5-6 Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees! Then I would not be put to shame when I consider all your commands. I’m not sure I had noticed before that the Psalmist is confessing that his … Continue reading

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Deep Grace; September 23, 2022


Psalm 109:21 But you, O Sovereign Lord, deal well with me for your name’s sake; out of the goodness of your love, deliver me. Reading the last third of this Psalm I was sure it was by David, even before … Continue reading

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Love; September 22, 2022


Psalm 107:43 Whoever is wise, let him heed these things and consider the great love of the Lord. Once again where the NIV says “love,” the Japanese says, “grace.” The Japanese term is also used for blessings in general, so … Continue reading

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Emergency Prayers; September 3, 2022


Psalm 70:5 Yet I am poor and needy; come quickly to me, O God. You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay. This whole Psalm, though brief, isn’t quite as short as Nehemiah’s “telegram prayer” mentioned … Continue reading

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Heart Attitude; August 31, 2022


Psalm 66:18 If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened This little verse in an anonymous Psalm expresses an important truth. Everyone sins, but how we respond to those sins, our attitude toward them, … Continue reading

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Seeking God; August 15, 2022


Psalms 27:8 My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek. Once again I see the benefit of reading the Bible in more than one language. Instead of saying, “My heart says of you,” the … Continue reading

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Words; August 12, 2022


Psalm 19:14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. It is very difficult to choose just one part of this Psalm to write … Continue reading

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Honoring God; July 29, 2022


Ezra 6:20 The priests and Levites had purified themselves and were all ceremonially clean. The Levites slaughtered the Passover lamb for all the exiles, for their brothers the priests and for themselves. This might seem like an inconsequential detail in … Continue reading

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