Today we have machines like the radar and X-ray that give us a vision of what is otherwise hidden from us. We can see what normally we’d not have the capability to analyze. Still, only one can look into the thoughts and intentions of the human heart.
End the evil of those who are wicked,
and defend the righteous.
For you look deep within the mind and heart,
O righteous God.
Psalm 7:9 NLT
God sees into our depths with complete knowledge of each person. Nothing escapes his eye.
In our wickedness, we think he will see our justifications and struggles and therefore will excuse our sin. Each one justifies himself in his own eyes, but the righteous before God are those who do his will.
Let us therefore take care before making this prayer above our supplication.
When a product is pure, unadulterated, it produces the results for which it was created. Without fillers, its effect is more powerful. Purity means potency, value, and consistency.
The LORD’s words are absolutely reliable.
They are as untainted as silver purified in a furnace on the ground,
where it is thoroughly refined.
Psalm 12:6 NET Continue reading
The vicious cycle we know, as something which worsens progressively and feeds from evil to evil. The Christian knows the propitious cycle.
I have complete confidence, O God!
I will sing and praise you!
Wake up, my soul!
Psalm 108:1 GNB Continue reading
The work I’ve done in recent months with the chiastic structure omnipresent in Scripture is showing up in my poetry. Just as today’s poem is a structural chiasmus in its rhyme and meter scheme. Meter is 5-4-3-3-4-5 and rhyme is A-B-C-C-B-A. Continue reading
“Our God is in heaven! He does whatever he pleases!” Psalm 115:3 NET
The verse above answers the questioning of the faithless nations about the lack of action by Israel’s God (v. 2). The heavenly God does not limit himself to human expectations. He does what he wants, when he wants. Continue reading
This Cloudburst poem draws directly from the NRSV rendering of Psalm 105:16-22, about one of the major Bible characters in the book of Genesis. I was reading this psalm the other day in that version, a bit unusual for me, but the poem began to fall in place as I felt a rhythm in the reading.
Here’s the first of three stanzas: Continue reading
Why is music so important? I touch on the subject, briefly, in this blank verse. Continue reading
Quite an informative post which I used in the introduction to the Portuguese daily Bible readings. Continue reading