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Psalms

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God Is Our Refuge (Psalm 46)

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GOD IS OUR REFUGE (Psalm 46) Mike Johnson In the 1500’s, 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.  He was eventually confronted by Nathan, a prophet of God.  At this point, David admitted he had sinned against the Lord. […]

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!” It is thought this was written during the time frame when Hezekiah was the king of […]

Praise the Lord! (Ps. 111)

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Praise the Lord! (Ps. 111) 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 out by exclaiming, “Praise the Lord!”  This expression is sometimes regarded as the title of this Psalm.  With certainty, it […]

“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 have been caused to conclude there is a God who created the universe, and He has revealed Himself to mankind through the Scriptures. As can be […]

Caution & Compensation

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Caution And Compensation (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.” Here we are told God’s Word warns us.  A warning is usually associated with danger.  Parents, for example, warn their children when there is danger.  […]

Design Demands a Designer (Psalm 19)

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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

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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 found at the end of a very beautiful Psalm.  In verses 1-6, the writer spoke […]

Presumptuous Sins

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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?  This is a sin which is committed with arrogance and grows out of self-reliance and […]

My Rock & My Redeemer

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My Rock & My Redeemer 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. The Hebrew word […]

Acceptance by Our Strength And Redeemer

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Acceptance by Our Strength 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 found at the end of a very beautiful Psalm.  In verses 1-6, the writer spoke […]

A Study of Psalm 51

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A Study of 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 a psalm of […]

God Is from Everlasting to Everlasting

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God Is From Everlasting to Everlasting Mike Johnson (Psalm 90)  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

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God Is Our Dwelling Place Mike Johnson It is thought Psalm 90 was written by Moses during the later part of the time the children of Israel wondered in the wilderness. In this Psalm, Moses concluded by appealing to God for compassion and mercy asking very humbly for God’s help. He contrasted God’s eternal nature […]

A Broken & Contrite Heart

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A Broken & Contrite Heart Mike Johnson  In Psalm 51, the writer expresses great sorrow for sins he had committed.  It is thought this Psalm was written by David after his sin with Bathsheba.  He repeatedly asked God for mercy and forgiveness. Consider verses 16-17 which say, “For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I […]

Restore Unto Me the Joy of Your Salvation

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Restore Unto Me the Joy of Your Salvation Mike Johnson It is thought that Psalm 51 was written by David after his sin with Bathsheba.  In this Psalm, he is engulfed with emotion; he is asking God to have mercy on him and extend His forgiveness.  In the first part of verse 12 he said […]

Have Mercy on Me, Oh God!

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Have Mercy on Me, Oh God! 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.” It is thought that this Psalm was written by David […]