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Teach Us to Number Our Days (Ps. 90)

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Teach Us to Number Our Days (Psalm 90) Mike Johnson Moses is thought to be the writer of Psalm 90.  The basis for this conclusion is due to his name being in the superscription (title) of the psalm.  The title is not part of the inspired text, so there is no certainty that he is […]

Commit Your Way to the Lord (Ps. 37:5)

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COMMIT YOUR WAY TO THE LORD    (Psalm 37:5) Mike Johnson Psalm 37:5 says, “Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37 is an admonition to followers of God to retain their confidence in Him and not be discouraged when facing the hardships in […]

Praising God’s Works (Ps. 111)

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PRAISING GOD’S WORKS (Psalm 111) Mike Johnson Psalm 111 starts with the exclamation, “Praise the Lord!”  This psalm fits into a category of psalms known as “Hallelujah Psalms.”  These psalms start and end, or start or end, with “hallelujah” or “praise the Lord.”  Psalm 111 is the first in a trilogy of Hallelujah Psalms. This Psalm fits into another […]

More Valuable Than Gold (Psalm 19:10)

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More Valuable Than Gold (Psalm 19:10) Mike Johnson Psalm 19:10 (thought to be written by David) says the Word of God is “… more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.” (NASB) Wealth, whether in the form of gold or some other type of […]

Heed the Warnings (Psalm 19:11)

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Heed the Warnings (Psalm 19:11) Mike Johnson In speaking about God’s commandments, Psalm 19:11 says, “Moreover by them Your servant is warned, and in keeping them there is great reward.” It is clear, God’s Word warns us.  A warning is usually associated with danger.  Parents, for example, remind their children when there is danger.  Similarly, […]

Acceptance by Our Rock and Redeemer (Psalm 19:14)

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Acceptance by Our Rock and Redeemer (Psalm 19:14) Mike Johnson Psalm 19:14 says, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” This verse is at the end of a magnificent Psalm.  In verses 1-6, the writer spoke about the […]

The Heavens Declare the Glory of God (Psalm 19)

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“The Heavens Declare the Glory of God” (Psalm 19) Mike Johnson Psalm 19 is beautifully written and has been revered by many people over the years.  From it, many conclude that there is a God who created the universe, and He has revealed Himself to mankind through the Scriptures.  From verses 12-14, the awesomeness of […]

Trust in God & Do Good (Ps. 37:3)

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Trust in God & Do Good (Psalm 37:3) Mike Johnson Psalm 37:3 says, “Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.” Psalm 37 encourages God’s people to avoid being upset about the prosperity and, seemingly, good life of evildoers.  Instead, the Psalmist encourages various positive endeavors.  Among […]

Five Steps to Peace (Ps. 37:3-8)

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Five Steps to Peace (Psalm 37:3-8) Mike Johnson “Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, And wither as the green herb (Ps. 37:1-2).” When we think of the word “fret,” we may think of someone who is continuously […]

Make a Joyful Shout! (Ps.100)

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MAKE A JOYFUL SHOUT! (Psalm 100) Mike Johnson A very well known and oft-quoted poem, Psalm 100 centers on worshiping and knowing God. Although it contains only five verses, the psalm has essential and relevant information. Some think David is the author, although there is uncertainty. The speculation is that the Jews used this psalm […]

Delight in the Lord (Ps. 37:4)

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DELIGHT IN THE LORD (Psalm 37:4) Mike Johnson Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.” Do you delight in the Lord?  The Psalmist, thought to be David, said this is what we are to do. The word found in the original (anag) carries […]

O Lord, Our Lord… (Ps. 8:1)

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“O Lord, Our Lord…” (Psalm 8:1) Mike Johnson Psalm 8:1 says, “O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, who have set Your glory above the heavens!”  Christians often incorporate this beautiful verse as an introduction to their prayers.  In the Psalm, David speaks of the greatness of God compared […]

How Excellent Is Your Name (Psalm 8)

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HOW EXCELLENT IS YOUR NAME (Psalm 8) Mike Johnson Some consider Psalm 8, “the most well-known psalm people have never read.” Understandably, the tendency today is to focus more on the New Testament, which results in people having less familiarity with the Old Testament.   Yet, quotations of Psalm 8 occur so much in the New […]

God’s Great Works! (Ps. 111:2)

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God’s Great Works! (Psalm 111:2) Mike Johnson Psalm 111, known as a Hallelujah Psalm, begins by saying, “Praise the Lord” and ends with, “His praise endures forever.”  In between, the Psalmists praises God in various ways.  After expressing his desire to praise God in the assembly, in verse 2, the Psalmist exclaims, “The works of […]

The Sins of Youth (Ps. 25:7)

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THE SINS OF YOUTH (Psalm 25:7) Mike Johnson Sometimes, people try to minimize the sins of youth.  A person may say, for example, “After all, young people must sow their wild oats.”  However, David took the sins of his youth very seriously.  In Psalm 25:7, he pleads with God, “Do not remember the sins of […]

Show Me, Teach Me, Lead Me (Ps. 25:4-5)

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SHOW ME, TEACH ME, LEAD ME (Psalm 25:4-5) Mike Johnson Palm 25 is a Psalm of repentance.  The psalmist humbly expresses a desire for God’s forgiveness and wants direction from God.  In verses 4-5, he appeals to God by saying, “Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths.  Lead me in Your truth […]

Remembering and Forgetting (Ps. 25:6-7)

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REMEMBERING AND FORGETTING (Psalm 25:6-7) Mike Johnson Psalm 25:6-7 says, “Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindnesses, for they are from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; according to Your mercy remember me, for Your goodness’ sake, O Lord.”  In these verses, David is asking God […]

Lift up Your Soul to God (Psalm 25:1)

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LIFT UP YOUR SOUL TO GOD (Psalm 25:1)  Mike Johnson Psalm 25:1 says, “To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.”  The author of this Psalm, regarded as David, starts his prayer in a very respectful way, humbly appealing to God’s mercy, and desiring His pardon. This verse teaches a lot about the nature […]

Humility Is Essential! (Ps. 25:8-9)

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HUMILITY IS ESSENTIAL! (Psalm 25:8-9) Mike Johnson Psalm 25:8-9 says, “Good and upright is the Lord; therefore He teaches sinners in the way. The humble He guides in justice, and the humble He teaches His way.” This passage shows the importance of having humility in receiving God’s Word.  Humbly listening to instruction is essential even […]

Benefits for Those Who Fear God (Ps. 25:12-15)

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BENEFITS FOR THOSE WHO FEAR GOD (Psalm 25:12-15) Mike Johnson Psalm 25:12-15 says the following: (12) who is the man that fears the Lord? Him shall He teach in the way He chooses. (13) He himself shall dwell in prosperity, and his descendants shall inherit the earth. (14) The secret of the Lord is with […]

A Prayer for Forgiveness (Ps. 25)

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A PRAYER FOR FORGIVENESS (Psalm 25) Mike Johnson Consider the following quote regarding Psalm 25. The sob of a great sorrow sounds throughout this psalm. The circumstances of its writing were those of desolation, affliction, distress, travail, as the latter part especially shows. Yet the main content is one full of help to all who […]

Remembering God’s Wonderful Works (Ps. 111:4)

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Remembering God’s Wonderful Works (Ps. 111:4) Mike Johnson Psalm 111:4 says, “He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; The Lord is gracious and full of compassion.” We are to remember God’s wonderful works, which are great (Ps. 111:2a)  These works of God include creation (Gen. 1, Ps. 19:1, Rom. 1:20, Jer. 10:12); God […]

Get Some Good Advice! (Ps. 1:1)

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GET SOME GOOD ADVICE! (Psalm 1:1) Mike Johnson Psalm 1:1 says, “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.” In this passage, we see what we cannot do if we want to be blessed by […]

Do Not Be like the Chaff (Ps. 1:4)

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Do Not Be like the Chaff (Psalm 1:4) Mike Johnson Psalm 1:1-3 describes a godly person.  This passage tells us that righteous people do not walk in the counsel of the ungodly; they do not stand in the path of sinners; they do not sit in the seat of the scornful.  Instead, they delight in […]

How to Prosper (Ps. 1:3)

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How to Prosper Psalm 1:3 Mike Johnson Psalm 1:1-2 points out how that the person who will be blessed by God does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly; he does not stand in the path of sinners, and he does not sit in the seat of the scornful.  Instead, he delights in the […]

Do Not Stand in the Path of Sinners (Ps. 1:1)

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Do Not Stand in the Path of Sinners (Psalm 1:1) Mike Johnson Psalm 1:1 says, “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.” Here we see a person must not walk in the counsel of […]

Delighting in God’s Law (Ps. 1:2)

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Delighting on God’s Law (Psalm 1:2) Mike Johnson Psalm 1:1 tells us the person whom God will bless, must not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, he must not stand in the path of sinners, and he must not sit in the seat of the scornful.  Then verse 2 positively describes a righteous person, […]

Be Careful Where You Sit (Ps. 1:1)

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Be Careful Where You Sit (Psalm 1:1) Mike Johnson Psalm 1:1 says, “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.” The person who God blesses is one who will not walk in the counsel of […]

How to Live a Happy Life (Ps. 1)

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HOW TO LIVE A HAPPY LIFE (Psalm 1) Mike Johnson Psalm 1:1-2 says, “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; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law […]

Seek God When He May Be Found (Ps. 32:7)

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Seek God When He May Be Found (Psalm 32:6) Mike Johnson In Psalm 32, David describes what might be called the “blessedness of forgiveness.”  In this Psalm, David speaks of the agony of sin and of the joy of receiving forgiveness from God.  In the course of doing this (V. 6), he speaks of the […]

The Blessed of Forgiveness (Ps. 32)

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The Blessedness of Forgiveness (Psalm 32) Mike Johnson Psalm 32 describes the blessedness of forgiveness differently than in any other psalm. It describes the psychological, and perhaps physical, effects of unconfessed sins, and it speaks of the remedy for obtaining the forgiveness of sins and the happiness that follows. We often have to speculate regarding […]

Facing the “Spin Cycles” of Life (Ps. 37)

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FACING THE “SPIN CYCLES” OF LIFE (Psalm 37) Mike Johnson Consider the following story about a boy who wanted to wash his cat. The little boy went to the store and bought some Tide detergent.  The cashier said to the boy, “It’s nice of you to run errands for your parents. Do you do the […]

God Is Our Refuge (Psalm 46)

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GOD IS OUR REFUGE (Psalm 46) Mike Johnson In the 1500s, Martin Luther wrote a hymn called, “A Mighty Fortress.” The opening lines are: “A mighty fortress is our God, A bulwark never failing; Our helper He, Amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing.” It is said Luther based this song on Psalm 46. This […]

Blot Out My Transgressions (Ps. 51:1)

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“Blot Out My Transgressions” Mike Johnson In II Samuel 11 and 12, we can read the story where David committed adultery with Bathsheba.  To cover up his sin, he had her husband, Uriah, murdered.  Nathan, a prophet of God, eventually confronted him.  At this point, David admitted he had sinned against the Lord. Most agree […]

Be Still and Know That I Am God (Ps. 46:10)

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“BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD” (Ps. 46:10) Mike Johnson In Psalm 46:10 God said, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” This passage was probably written during the time frame when Hezekiah was the king of Judah. […]

Praise the Lord! (Ps. 111:1)

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Praise the Lord! (Psalm 111:1) Mike Johnson Psalm 111:1 says, “Praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.” This verse starts by exclaiming, “Praise the Lord!” This expression is, by some, regarded as the title of this Psalm. With certainty, it […]

Design Demands a Designer (Ps. 19:1-4)

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Design Demands a Designer (Psalm 19) Mike Johnson Psalm 19:1-4 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.  Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge.  There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the […]

The Importance of Words And Thoughts (Ps. 19:14)

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The Importance of Words and Thoughts Mike Johnson (Psalm 19:14) Psalm 19:14 says, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” This verse is at the end of a magnificent Psalm.  In verses 1-6, the writer spoke about the […]

Presumptuous Sins (Ps. 19:13)

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Presumptuous Sins Mike Johnson Psalm 19:13 says, “Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and I shall be innocent of great transgression.” What is a presumptuous sin?  A presumptuous sin is a sin that is committed with arrogance and grows out of […]

My Rock & My Redeemer (Ps. 19:14)

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My Rock & My Redeemer (Psalm 19:14) Mike Johnson Psalm 19:14 says, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.”  Consider the last part of the verse where the Psalmist refers to God as his strength and Redeemer. Vine’s […]

Have Mercy Upon Me, O God! (Ps. 51)

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“Have Mercy Upon Me, O God!” (Psalm 51) Mike Johnson In the Old Testament, there is a particular psalm in which the author expresses the depths of his heart in asking God for forgiveness.  He seems to have a childlike faith in God’s mercy and shows much profoundness and tenderness. Psalm 51 is often called […]

God Is from Everlasting to Everlasting (Ps. 90:2)

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God Is From Everlasting to Everlasting Mike Johnson (Psalm 90:2)  It is thought Psalm 90 was written by Moses during the time the children of Israel were in the wilderness.  Based on the tenor of the Psalm, it was possibly written during a time when Moses was very discouraged.  In this Psalm, the greatness of […]

God Is Our Dwelling Place (Ps. 90:1)

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God Is Our Dwelling Place Mike Johnson According to the beginning note, Moses wrote Psalm 90.  A standard view is that Moses wrote the Psalm during the later part of the time the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness. In this Psalm, Moses concluded by appealing to God for compassion and mercy, asking very […]

A Broken & Contrite Heart (Ps. 51:16-17)

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A Broken & Contrite Heart (Psalm 51:16-17) Mike Johnson In Psalm 51, the writer expresses great sorrow for the sins he had committed. According to the notes at the beginning of this Psalm, David wrote it after his sin with Bathsheba. He repeatedly asked God for mercy and forgiveness. Consider verses 16-17, which say, “For You […]

My Sin Is Always Before Me (Ps. 51:3)

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My Sin Is Always Before Me (Psalm 51:3) Mike Johnson The writer of Psalm 51 expresses great sorrow for his sins. Most agree that David is the author of this Psalm, and that he wrote it after his sin with Bathsheba.  In II Samuel 11-12, we learn David committed the sin of adultery, and then […]

Restore to Me the Joy of Your Salvation (Ps. 51:12)

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Restore Unto Me the Joy of Your Salvation (Psalm 51:12) Mike Johnson According to the beginning notes of Psalm 51, David is its author, and he wrote the Psalm after his sin with Bathsheba.  Engulfed with emotion, he is asking God to have mercy on him and extend His forgiveness.  In the first part of […]

Why Is Sin So Bad? (Ps. 51:4)

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Why Is Sin So Bad? (Psalm 51:4) Mike Johnson Psalm 51 is thought to have been written by David in connection with his sin with Bathsheba.  You might recall that he had committed adultery with Bathsheba, and he had her husband (Uriah) killed to cover up his deed.  In Psalm 51, David was expressing his […]

Asking for God’s Mercy (Ps. 51:1-2)

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Asking for God’s Mercy (Psalm 51:1-2) Mike Johnson Psalm 51:1-2 says, “Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.” David wrote this Psalm, it is thought, after his sin […]