“…mine iniquities have taken hold upon me… they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me.”

Psalms 40:12

 Please read that verse again slowly and think about it.

 Our sinfulness should be shocking to us sometimes!  To honestly accept how wicked we are, is so important if we want to know the Lord better.

It’s true, that when I acknowledge and “own” my sin, when I admit that I can be so selfish, self-centred, among many things, “my heart faileth me”

 It’s depressing and discouraging!  It would be very hard for us if this verse was all by itself here in Psalm 40…

 “…mine iniquities have taken hold upon me…

“...when they howled upon their beds:”

Hosea 7.14

What a most interesting picture this verse gives us!

“And they have not cried unto me with their heart, when they howled upon their beds:”

It reminds me of the time wicked King Ahab didn’t get his way, so he went home and went to bed pouting!

...when they howled upon their beds:”

The thing is, God is saying, in so many words, for all of their “carrying on”, for all of their “weeping and wailing”, they never once turned to the Lord in repentance and cried out to Him!!!


“Hear my prayer, O LORD”

Psalm 143.1

Here are five words – a prayer to God!  Sometimes I am praying just a short prayer like this!  “Hear my prayer, O LORD” and it helps the rest of my prayers.  It reminds me of how important it is to just get started, and pray“if ye seek him, he will be found of you” 2 Chronicles 15:2

“Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.” Psalms 143:1

“This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Matthew 3.17

How often are we reminded that we have a heavenly Father?

Probably not often enough.

Whatever our relationship with our earthly father was or is – there is a heavenly Father who seeks to guide us, help us, and fellowship with us.  Our heavenly Father who wants to say, “This is my beloved (child) in whom I am well pleased.”

“For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth,”

Ezekiel 18.32

Reading through the books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations and Ezekiel can be difficult!  These books are full of “doom and gloom”!

Actually, these books are just a True Record of how people were living at the time and God, well, God simply… records… it…

And so… why does it always have to be “God’s fault”…?  God was only recording how people lived and the results of their life choices.  Yet we often struggle with what the Bible records… Why?

“So it came to pass…”

Deuteronomy 2:16

“So it came to pass, when all the men of war were consumed and dead from among the people, That the LORD spake…” Deuteronomy 2:16-17

Here we see that the Lord reminds the people about the experience of the wilderness.  Israel had the opportunity to enter the land of promise some forty years earlier.  Israel failed to follow the direction of the Lord and thus the men of war (men who were old enough to go to war) died.

The book of Hebrews, in the first few chapters deals with that issue, and the application of failure to follow God's directions.

“precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little”

Isaiah 28:13

80 km per hour.

“Ye must be born again.”

“precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line;

here a little, and there a little”

80 km per hour.

“Ye must be born again.”

“precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line;

here a little, and there a little”

“Turn us, O God”

This Psalm is about when the Jews returned from captivity in Babylon.  It starts out by telling us what God had done for them:

LORD, thou hast been favourable unto thy land: thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob.

Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Selah.

Thou hast taken away all thy wrath: thou hast turned thyself from the fierceness of thine anger.” (v 1-3)

“My sheep hear my voice...”

John 10.27

“It is possible to get to a place where we need no argument to prove to us that the Bible is God's Word.

Christ says, "My sheep hear my voice”.  God's children know His voice, and I know that the voice which speaks to me from the pages of that Book is the voice of my Father... Everyone can have that testimony.

John 7:17 tells us how to get it: "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God."  (R. A. Torrey)

“offend in one… guilty of all…”

James 2.10

The whole verse says this, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”  So, I may think that I’m doing everything right, but if I make one mistake, then I’ve broken all of God’s law?  Yes, in fact it should be simple for us to see that we have all sinned against God:

SELF!  I worship myself!  “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”

SELFISH!  I bow down to my things!  “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image”.