Call to Worship – Psalm 103

Read the Passage: Psalm 103

Man’s Worship (103:1–5)

While the exact occasion of David’s writing of Psalm 103 is unknown, it seems likely that it was penned later in his life, when David had a sweeter sense of God’s forgiveness, on account of a greater awareness of his own sin. Continue reading Call to Worship – Psalm 103

New Heavens and New Earth – Isaiah 65

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Superficial Worship (65:1–7)

In the final nine chapters of this book (cf. Isa. 58–66), Isaiah confronts the false religion of some within Israel, exhorts the nation to repent, and describes the future blessings of God’s people. Continue reading New Heavens and New Earth – Isaiah 65

Fasting and the Sabbath – Isaiah 58

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Counterfeit Religion (58:1–5)

The first half of the book of Isaiah is largely focused upon messages of rebuke and judgment (cf. Isa. 1–39), while the second part of this oracle contains messages of hope and salvation (cf. Isa. 40–66). Even so, as he writes about the future glory of God’s people, Isaiah continues to remind his readers of their need for repentance. Continue reading Fasting and the Sabbath – Isaiah 58

God’s Goodness – Psalm 138

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David’s Heart (138:1–3)

Although David is rightly identified as the author of Psalm 138, like most of the psalms, Psalm 138 contains no superscript. Therefore, we cannot be certain when David wrote this psalm; however, the majority of scholars believe this psalm was written in response to God inaugurating the so-called Davidic Covenant at 2 Sam. Continue reading God’s Goodness – Psalm 138

Exhortation to Worship – Psalm 95

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Call to Worship (95:1–2)

Psalm 95 is technically anonymous, as it contains no superscription. From the book of Hebrews, however, we learn that David wrote Psalm 95, for the author of Hebrews quotes Ps. 95:7–8 at Heb. 4:7 and attributes the citation to David. Continue reading Exhortation to Worship – Psalm 95

Approaching God – Psalm 84

Read the Passage: Psalm 84

God’s Sanctuary (84:1–4)

The superscription to this psalm says that it was written by the sons of Korah. This group of men wrote eleven of the psalms (cf. Pss. 42, 44–49, 84–85, 87–88). Korah, a descendant of Levi through Kohath, is most well-known for participating in a rebellion against the Lord and Moses in Numbers 16. Continue reading Approaching God – Psalm 84

Vision of the End – Revelation 7

Read the Passage: Revelation 7

Reminder: The book of Revelation is structured around seven parallel sections, each describing the time between Jesus’ first and second comings. These sections can be delineated into chapters 1–3, 4–7, 8–11, 12–14, 15–16, 17–19, and 20–22.

Protection of the Saints (7:1–8)

In Rev. 6:12–16 John had described the events that surrounded the opening of the sixth seal. Continue reading Vision of the End – Revelation 7

The Lamb and the Scroll – Revelation 5

Read the Passage: Revelation 5

Reminder: The book of Revelation is structured around seven parallel sections, each describing the time between Jesus’ first and second comings. These sections can be delineated into chapters 1–3, 4–7, 8–11, 12–14, 15–16, 17–19, and 20–22. Continue reading The Lamb and the Scroll – Revelation 5