Psalms 37:5 – February 19, 2019

Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will act. Psalms 37:5 NABRE      Psalm 37 reflects on the power and apparent success that evildoers manage to have. Set against doing good everything seems to work out well for them. It deals with an apparent contradiction by showing their lives will end in failure and by exhorting the righteous to do good. The psalm begins with a teacher exhorting his disciple to be…

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Psalms 23:4 – February 18, 2019

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me. Psalms 23:4 NABRE      Psalm 23 proclaims the nearness of God. The psalm speaks of the Lord as a shepherd. A role that would be easily understood at the time and became even more meaningful when Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd.” (John 10:11) The psalm’s…

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James 3:13 – February 17, 2019

Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show his works by a good life in the humility that comes from wisdom. James 3:13 NABRE      James is speaking about the wise person. In wisdom he is addressing the person who is suited to be a teacher in the Christian community. Wisdom from God is evidence not of intellectual prowess but is works done in humility. James thinks wisdom comes from above. James ask those…

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Psalms 143:10 – February 16, 2019

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your kind spirit guide me on ground that is level. Psalms 143:10 NABRE      Psalm 143 is about asking for mercy and help. The psalm begins with the psalmist asking the Lord to listen to him and then he explains his predicament. The psalm continues where the psalmist asks God to please respond, to rid him of his enemies and for God to make…

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Philippians 1:6 – February 15, 2019

I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6 NABRE      Paul is writing to the community in Philippi, a community to whom he feels very close and is pleased with their progress growing in fellowship. Paul is writing this letter while a prisoner in Rome, yet he speaks of his thanks and joy. He is thinking…

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