Psalms 113-115, 1 Corinthians 6

Psalms 113:7-8
He raises the poor out of the dust, And lifts the needy out of the ash heap, 8 That He may seat him with princes—With the princes of His people.

What a beautiful picture of what Jesus did for us. We were poor and needy and dead in our sin. Then we met Jesus, and He lifted us up out of the dust, out of the ash heap and sat us among all of the other brothers and sisters in the Lord who were once lost in their sin. He made us to be princes among all others. Praise His name!

Psalms 114:8
Who turned the rock into a pool of water, The flint into a fountain of waters.

Psalms like this remind us of how big and great our God is. Everything is under his command. Every time there is an earthquake, a thunderstorm, or any other natural event that takes place on the earth, we should remember how big and great our God is.

Psalms 115:8
Those who make them are like them; So is everyone who trusts in them.

It isn’t until you have been made alive that you realize how dead you were. Verse 17 says, “The dead do not praise the Lord, Nor any who go down into silence.” The idols and gods of this world are dead. They have no life in them. Jesus is the only One who gives life. Just as God breathed life into a pile of dirt, in the beginning, so He is still breathing life into dead things today.

1 Corinthians 6:4
If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge?

We live in an excessively litigious society today. What does ‘litigious’ mean? Basically it means ready to take someone to court at the drop of a hat. The Bible warns us of relying on the judicial system to settle our matters. A believer is not to take another believer to court. In fact, I would suggest, if comes to that, we most likely should have nevere been involved with that person in the first place.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

There is a lot of talk today about who will and who will not go to heaven. Some won’t even speak about it. For some reason it has been a subject people choose to ignore. Paul wasn’t one of those individuals. He tells us who won’t go to heaven so that people will know. You won’t know what you don’t have until someone tells you what you need to do to have it. Here is a long list of those who will not go to heaven. Galatians 5:16-21 has a similar list. At the end of that list Paul says, “those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God”. These are ‘no brainer’ very clear Scriptures that can only be interpreted for what they say. It is quite dangerous to read them any other way.

1 Corinthians 6:11
And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

I love that this verse follows. We must always bear in mind in sharing our faith with others and trying to help them see that they are lost, ‘and such were some of you’. With this in mind, we are going to be more gracious in sharing our faith.

1 Corinthians 6:12
12 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

This is a great verse. It reminds us that while there are many things we can do as Christiqns, not all of them are good for us. As I have meditated on this verse, I realize that there are many things that I have the freedom in Christ to do which can bring me under their power. I am learning to stay away from such things as they hinder my relationship with the Lord. If I want to be the Christian the Lord wants me to be, I must be willing to stay away from those things that may be lawful but not helpful.

Psalms 110-112, 1 Corinthians 5

Psalms 110:1
1 The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”

This is clearly a messianic reference, that is to say a reference to the reign of Jesus. Jesus made reference to this verse, speaking of Himself, in Mark 12:35-37, Then Jesus answered and said, while He taught in the temple, “How is it that the scribes say that the Christ is the Son of David? For David himself said by the Holy Spirit: ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” ’Therefore David himself calls Him “Lord’; how is He then his Son?” And the common people heard Him gladly.

Psalms 111:1
1 Praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.

It is so important that we determine to praise the Lord with our whole hearts. He loves us and is jealous for us. He wants all of our hearts not just a part of them.

Psalms 111:2-4
The works of the Lord are great, Studied by all who have pleasure in them. 3 His work is honorable and glorious, And His righteousness endures forever. 4 He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; The Lord is gracious and full of compassion.

The word ‘studied, here means ‘to seek after’. It suggests a determination in discovering. The works of the Lord are indeed great, worthy to be diligently studied and meditated upon. I love how the psalmist says, “He has made His wonderful works to be remembered”. I am certain that the more we would reflect on ahis wonderful works, the greater our faith would be.

Psalms 112:5-7
A good man deals graciously and lends; He will guide his affairs with discretion. 6 Surely he will never be shaken; The righteous will be in everlasting remembrance. 7 He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.

I talk with so many people whose lives are in upheaval because they didn’t manage their affairs with discretion. I have been there before, and I know that it happened because I didn’t fully trust and turn to the Lord. He promises us that our Ives will be well balanced if we give our all to Him. Not just our hearts or our finances or our emotions…but everything. When we do this, no matter what comes our way, we will feel His peace and not be afraid of evil tidings.

1 Corinthians 5:1
1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles—that a man has his father’s wife!

Chapter 5 is one of those chapters that many people wish wasn’t in the Bible, especially if they are in sin. Only a brave and mature Christian will appreciate what Paul is saying in this chapter. one must read this chapter with care allowing the Holy Spirit to speak clearly to their hearts.

1 Corinthians 5:2
And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you.

The big problem here was another so much the sin, thought it was very bad, but rather that the church was puffed up abut it, they didn’t see it as a big deal. On fact, they even prided themselves in the fact that they were ‘tolerant’ of the sin.

1 Corinthians 5:5-6
deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. 6 Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?

The whole idea that Paul is trying to convey, is that the body of Christ is so special, so unique, and so God breathed that we are to love and appreciate being a part of it. As a result, when an individual falls into sin (after proper care is taken to approach the individual according to Matthew 18:15-20) they should be removed from the fellowship, turned over to the enemy (to their sin) in the hopes that they will be shamed enough to repent and return.

Leaven is a ‘type’ a picture of sin. A little sin in a church body, left unattended, can contaminate the whole church. Paulo’s quite serious about this.

1 Corinthians 5:11
But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person.

This is hard to do, but is a part of winning a brother or sister back to the Lord. There is no other way to read it than what it says. Notice, he is not talking about unbelievers, but one who would call himself a Christian. Again, the intent, is that the individual would miss the fellowship and return to the Lord. I have seen this happen and it is a beautiful thing. Definitely not an easy thing to go through, but well worth it in the end. In Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, we read that the man in fact did return. Praise the Lord.

Psalms 107-109, 1 Corinthians 4

Psalms 107:9
For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness.

The key to having our souls filled is ‘longing’. The Lord wants to be longed for. When we long for Him, He is faithful to fill us.

Psalms 107:11-13
Because they rebelled against the words of God, And despised the counsel of the Most High, 12 Therefore He brought down their heart with labor; They fell down, and there was none to help. 13 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses.

There is wonderful truth in this text. The Lord will bring down those who exalt themselves over God. “I would never do that!”, some might say. And yet we do that every time we despise the counsel of the Lord. However, the most wonderful thing to me is that when we do this, and then cry out to Him, He hears our cry and answers us.

Psalms 107:28-29
Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, And He brings them out of their distresses. 29 He calms the storm, So that its waves are still.

One of my favorite accounts of Jesus and the disciples is when He calmed the waves as the storm (Matthew 8:23-27). After doing this, they responded with, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?” There is no trial or storm we could ever go through that Jesus cannot calm. When going through the storms of life and things don’t seem to be getting any better, we must ask ourselves, is it because the Lord is isn’t doing anything, or because I am not doing anything. I think that a lot of times we can hinder what the Lord wants to do to calm the storms in our lives.

Psalms 108:13
Through God we will do valiantly, For it is He who shall tread down our enemies.

It is only through God that we can do valiant things. He is the One who treads down our enemies. We must never try to take credit for something that only He can do.

Psalms 109:4
In return for my love they are my accusers, But I give myself to prayer.

Sometimes the people we love the most can turn on us. When that happens, we must give ourselves to prayer.

Psalms 109:21
But You, O God the Lord, Deal with me for Your name’s sake; Because Your mercy is good, deliver me.

If we truly trust the Lord, then we must let Him deal with us in whatever manner He so desires. He will always do so ‘for His name’s sake’…and that will always turn our best.

1 Corinthians 4:5
Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God.

It is ultimately God who judges, and the day will come when everyone will stand before the Lord and give an account. We mustn’t hold anything back from the Lord. He knows all and will bring to light all things. No sense is ever trying to hide from the Lord.

1 Corinthians 4:6
6 Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that you may learn in us not to think beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up on behalf of one against the other.

It is so important that we take the Bible literally and that we never think beyond what is written. Sometimes this is difficult, especially with the prophetic books. When we aren’t sure what the Bible is saying, we must pray and ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten us. If nothing happens at that point, we may speculate as to what the text is saying, but we must me careful not to read more into it than is actually there.

1 Corinthians 4:14
14 I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you.

How we receive what the Bible says is based on our heart condition. If we are in sin, or feeling defensive and not interested in truth, we are going to feel shame when we read the word. However, if our hearts are open to what the Lord needs to show us then we will receive it’s warning. We mustn’t ever be afraid to read and receive what God’s word is speaking to us.

Psalms 105-106, 1 Corinthians 3

Psalms 105:45
That they might observe His statutes And keep His laws. Praise the Lord!

I love Scriptures like this psalm which remind us of the things the Lord did, of how he moved in Joseph’s life and how He preserved a nation. Why did He do such things? That they might observe His statutes and keep His laws. May it be the same for us. As we reflect on what He has done throughout the ages, may it lead us to observe all of His ways.

Psalms 106:21
They forgot God their Savior, Who had done great things in Egypt,

We mustn’t ever forget God our Savior. How can we guard ourselves from such a thing? By the daily reading of His word and by prayer. This will ensure that we will always be mindful of His goodness towards us.

Psalms 106:37
They even sacrificed their sons And their daughters to demons,

Every time I read of such a horrific act, I find it hard to believe. Yet, isn’t that what people are doing even today? Isn’t this what abortion is? The longer I live, the more I see and the more I realize that without Jesus we are nothing short of animals. Thank you Lord for making us new! We love you so much!

1 Corinthians 3:1-2
1 And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able;

The word carnal means ‘worldly’. It is the idea of being no different than the world. We must guard ourselves from being carnal, at all costs. For to live in such a manner will prevent us from being spiritual people. Instead of eating meat, solid food, we will be satisfied with milk. May that never be!

1 Corinthians 3:7
So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.

God gets the credit for everything. Some of us may be sowers and some waterless, but it is the Lord alone who gets the credit for the increase.

1 Corinthians 3:18
18 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.

I love verses like this because they contradict modern secular thinking. No matter how wise a person may think they are, they must be willing to become a fool in order to truly be wise. God views things so much different than man. This is why man, who is determined to do their own thing, gets so mad at God.

Psalms 103-104, 1 Corinthians 2

Psalms 103:1-2
1 Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:

This is such a wonderful psalm which lists just a few of the numerous benefits of being a Christian, of being a child of God. Take some time to really meditate on this psalm, considering all He has done for us.

Psalms 103:3-4
Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, 4 Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,

How I thank God that He forgave all my sin. This is without question the most wonderful thing He could have ever done. If this was all He had done, that would have clearly been enough. But instead, He does a whole lot more!

Psalms 103:10
He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

Think about how great it is that He has not dealt with us according to our sins. How is this possible? We are acutely aware of our wrong towards God. If He is obligated by His word to punish for sin, why are we spared. One reason…Jesus!

Psalms 104:24
O Lord, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your possessions—

Is there any doubt that there is a God? Is there any doubt that we have a Creator who put all things in order? If there is, all one needs to do is stop long enough to take the attention off of themselves, open their eyes, and look at all of the things that are happening all around them. The only thing that prevents a person from knowing God is sheer arrogance.

1 Corinthians 2:1-2
1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

Paul was a brilliant man. He was an expert in the Scriptures. He was second to none when it came to an intellectual understanding of Judaism. However, after his conversion, all the knowledge he had acquired meant nothing. He understood that head knowledge could not save a man, but only heart knowledge, only a heart transformation could rescue man from his own depravity. He also came to know and understand that it was only the cross which could save man. This is why he really wasn’t interested in anything else. May it be so with us!

1 Corinthians 2:14
But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

The reason that unbelievers can’t understand the Bible is because they are unregerated. Only a born again Christian can have a heart understanding of God’s word. The only part of the Bible an unbeliever can understand is this; there is a God, I want to know Him, I can’t because I am a sinner, the only way I can be reconciledl to a Holy God is to have my sin dealt with, Jesus is the only one who can do this, repent, acknowledge Jesus for who He is and what He came to earth to do, and then be born again into a new life. Why aren’t more people willing to do this? They don’t like the ‘repent’ part. It really is that simple.

Psalms 100-102, 1 Corinthians 1

Psalms 100:3
Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

It seems silly that we would have to remind ourselves that we did not make us, but sometimes we can act as though somehow we did. Of course we know that we did not form ourselves in our mother’s womb. But when we, after surrendering our lives to the Lord, insist on doing things our way rather than His, we are pretty much saying, “I made myself and can do whatever I want to do!”

Psalms 101:3-4
I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not cling to me. 4 A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will not know wickedness.

We are getting ready to start the book of Daniel, in which we read that he purposes in his heart not to defile himself with the king’s delicacies. In other words, the things of this world. The Lord is ready to give us the strength to keep wicked things out of our lives. Our responsibility is to guard ourselves from putting ourselves in the presence of wicked things. When we are walking in the Spirit, we will never fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).

Psalms 102:18
This will be written for the generation to come, That a people yet to be created may praise the Lord.

From the beginning of time, the Lord had in mind those who would come, those who would be born in the future. In the high priestly prayer of Jesus to Father in John 17:20 he prayed, “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word.” how great is His love for us, to provide a way for us to know Him.

Psalms 102:27
But You are the same, And Your years will have no end.

One of the great and glorious things about our God is that he ‘never’ changes. He stays the same. I love new things. I think most of us do. But even new things get old. However, the Lord never gets old. When the world is changing all around us, the Lord remains the same. We can always count on the stability of knowing this about our God.

1 Corinthians 1:2
To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

It is very important when we are studying the Bible to consider who the writer is writing to. This helps us better understand our text. Without knowing who is being written to, we won’t fully understand why the letter was being written in the first place. This letter is written to the church, to believers.

1 Corinthians 1:10
10 Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

The Lord intends that His church would be united in what they believe about Jesus and adhering to all of the things He said. When a church only partially believes what Jesus said, they are not a true Christian church. Partial truth is the same as no truth. The church must not be divided in such things, in the things of God’s word.

1 Corinthians 1:18
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Chapter one is truly one of the great chapters in the Bible. There are so many spiritual nuggets in this chapter that I am hard pressed to just pick a few. This particular verse really helps me to understand unbeliever’s reaction to Christianity in contrast to what we believe. It is foolishness to those who are perishing. It’s only the Holy Spirit who can open an unregerated heart to the truth and power of the cross. I praise God that my eyes have been opened!

1 Corinthians 1:25
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

What is Paul saying here? Is he saying that there is a part of God who is foolish and weak? Certainly not! He is saying that ‘if’ God could be foolish and ‘if’ God could be weak, His foolishness and His weakness would still be stronger than man.

Psalms 97-99, Romans 16

Psalms 97:5
The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord, At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

Oh how powerfull our God is! He spoke the world and the universe into existence. How foolish to think that He will not destroy the earth, just as He said. 2 Peter 3:10, But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.

Psalms 97:10
You who love the Lord, hate evil! He preserves the souls of His saints; He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.

We must make sure that we hate evil things. We mustn’t for a moment consider them in any other way. God hates evil and we must hate it as well, lest we get to close to it and end up befriending it.

Psalms 98:3
He has remembered His mercy and His faithfulness to the house of Israel; All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

I believe that God has made a way for his salvation to be seen throughout the whole earth. Acts 17:26-27, And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.

Psalms 99:8
You answered them, O Lord our God; You were to them God-Who-Forgives, Though You took vengeance on their deeds.

One of the difficult things to reconcile among many people is that God is a God of judgment. This is a very narrow perspective of God. It is not so amazing to me that He judges, for He is God. He has the right to judge. He is perfect and mankind clearly is not. What is most amazing to me, is that ‘God forgives’. What an amazing God we have who would give us His son Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins. When we deserved judgment…He forgave us. Wow!

Romans 16:17
17 Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.

We must be careful to avoid those who cause division, those who seek after doctrine (teaching) which is contrary to what God’s word is saying.

Romans 16:25
25 Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began

Paul reminds us of who it is that is able to establish us, that person being Jesus Christ. How is it that we are established? Through the gospel, the good news of salvation though faith in Jesus.