First of all the LORD is clothed with majesty.  Also He is clothed with strength. We have the world established so that it cannot be moved.  I wonder about that statement but it is in the word of God.  Then we have the establishment of His throne from everlasting.  God’s voice is like the noise of many waters.  Then we have the phrase, “holiness adorns your house O LORD forever.”
This Psalm is very sweet and factual but I am taken up with the phrase, “holiness adorns God’s house”. When this was written God’s house was stones.  We know later this house was torn down and now His house is made up of people as living stones and our bodies the temple and Christ as living stones making up the temple.  Are the things we do the adornment of the temple? I am sure there could be more adornment in the temple.  I must ask myself could I do more for the adornment of the temple of God.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
This Psalm begins with LORD you have been our dwelling place in all generations.  I would ask you where you live. If this attitude would have prevailed in Israel they would not have gone into captivity. The second verse said, “Before everything was created you are God.  You turn men to destruction.”  This began when Adam and Eve ate from the tree but from that time God gave the way back to Himself.
Now I find this thousand years as a day or as yesterday.  I find it interesting God’s claim through Paul in Ephesians 1:4 that we are chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world.  Then we have thousands of years until eternity in Revelation 22.
In verse 9 we are told that we finish our years like a sigh.  Then our years are seventy and if by reason of strength eighty.  I am not very strong at 83.  Then we are to ask God to teach us to number our days so we can apply our hearts to wisdom.  Then the last verse says, “Let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us and establish the work of our hands.”
​Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
This is what I would label a mournful Psalm.  In verse 14 we have the word “why” twice. Why do you cast off my soul?  Why do you hide your face from me? It is labeled a Psalm for the sons of Korah.  I don’t want to elaborate on that.  I think I will label this for someone going through many trials.
In my sixty years of ministry my chief thing was to help hurting people.  I want to tell you about Mrs. Warnes. When we were inviting people to an event we were having in my time in England, what we did was a gospel team effort.  When we saw her our hearts went out to her. She only had one eye that worked.   She lived in one room in a building owned by a man who owned a big mansion.  We went to him to ask if we could install a door with a window in it.  We hired a man to install that new door.  It doubled the light in the room. When she heard the gospel she said it was like clouds rolled away and the light of Christ shown in.  When I took Barbara my wife to be, she gave us a dish for a wedding present which we have to this day.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling 

 
There are two factors in this Psalm. One is that God is responsible to bring the Israelites (called Jacob) back from captivity. This man says they are forgiven and God covered all their sins.  However this could only happen officially when Christ died on the cross.  Only then their sin could be covered by His precious blood.
As we go on through this Psalm we have some interesting phrases.  In verse 5 he doesn’t want God’s anger to be forever.  He wants to hear God speaking peace to all His people.  The psalmist wants God’s glory to dwell in their land.
We have that wonderful phrase people quote a lot, “Mercy and Truth have met together, and Righteous and Peace have kissed each other.”
This Psalmist must have been a very spiritual man when he says, “His footsteps our pathways.” It reminds me of I John 2:6 which says, “He abides in Him aught himself also to walk as He walked.”   Is this my attitude and my purpose?
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
I find interesting things in this Psalm, but I find that I don’t know exactly what is best to write about. First of all we see God as our strength.  If I don’t find this I become weak in the faith and problems would exist in my life that would be very difficult.
In verse 4 God is called God of Jacob.  When I try to do things on my own I become like Jacob, but when I let Him rule my life I am like Israel.
This writer names Joseph as a testimony surely speaking of grace and the presentation of the nation Israel.
We find God speaking through the psalmist as the One who brought them out of Egypt, but then the people going astray in their hearts because they refuse to listen to him. 
Now what do I personally get out of this Psalm? Jesus said, “He that has an ear let him hear.” Do you have a listening ear?
Written by Pastor Curt Darling 
 
We have a statement in verse 59 that God was furious.  I wonder what now that I am part of the people of God that would make God so angry.  Also what is happening in the church in this day and age?  Do you think He is holding off His anger today?  Even in America today when we look at how it was founded and where we are today.  When I think of songs like “America the Beautiful” and see where we are today, I wonder does anyone really care.
In verse 61 Israel is known as God’s strength.  As that anything they wanted to do that was in His will through Him they could do it.  The problem was they didn’t always want what was right.
I find in verse 65 that God awoke.  By the way He never was asleep.  The whole Psalm is pleasantly sarcastic because it is a song.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling 

 
This Psalm begins with the term open your ears.  Listen to what God has to say to you.  Jesus used that too.  He that has ears let him hear.  Do you think everyone who heard Him really heard Him?
This Psalm speaks of fathers teaching God’s word to their children.  I have heard some say we don’t tell our children what to believe.  When they are old enough to make a decision they will.  I grew up that way but I found Christ and it changed my life.  However for most that is too late.
In verse 5 it speaks of the law God established in Jacob (Israel).  If they were jealous and kept it they would never have been carried away to Babylon.
Verse 9 speaks of Ephraim turning back in the day of battle.  He did two things that that were cowardly and not relying on God.  Look what Abraham was able to do with 300 household servants with God in
Genesis 14.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
We must remember this is a vision given to John. So we have one sitting on the throne, probably representing God the Father.  The scroll the tithe deed to this world.  John is wondering is there no one who has the right to open the scroll. He is so concerned that he weeps.  But one of the elders said, “Do not weep for the Lion of the tribe of Judah.” He has another characteristic.  He is called the Root of David.  He has prevailed to open this seven sealed scroll. But now what does John see?  A Lamb as it has been slain. I recently wrote an article titled the Lamb of God. This slain Lamb picture goes all the way to the end of the Bible meaning eternity future.  In the last chapter Jesus calls Himself the Root and offspring of David which means more than the Son of David.  (Matthew 22:42-48)  There is no doubt who this is.  It is our Lord Jesus Christ.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
 
Jesus comes to this beloved church with the title, “He who is holy and He who is true” is an interesting title for this church.  Another thing is He has the key of David.  All that the Holy Spirit said through David was fulfilled through Jesus.  I have an allegorical thought like this about entering through the door of the sheepfold and being the Shepherd of the sheep.
Another thing we see is Jesus saying, “I have set before you an open door.” If I was relating the prophetic history of the seven churches I would say this began an era of Christian missionaries going all over the world.  It was also an era of the Word of God and Jesus name in the forefront.  There were only two of the seven churches Jesus didn’t scold. Smyrna persecuted by payer and Romans and Philadelphia the time of missionary movements.  They are to be kept from the hour of trial which to my thought is the great tribulation by the so called rapture.  The last one is the ear to hear what the Spirit said to the churches.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
You will notice that in Pergamum Jesus is in type the One who has the two edged sword. One characteristic of Christ from chapter one is used for each of the seven churches.  This one is the two edged sharp sword.
Notice where they are dwelling. It is where Satan’s throne is.  To me that means they were earth bound. I could say more but I will leave that for another time except according to 2 Corinthians 4:4. Satan is the god of this world.
These so called Christians were engrossed with the doctrine of Balaam which is cursing the real people of God and also to mix God’s people with fornication.
The Nicolaitin doctrine was to people of God. Its two groups the Hierarchy and another group called Laity.  Jesus is asking repentance and you notice the word, “or else.” He continues with he who has an ear.  He said that more than once in the four gospels.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling