The Psalm of the Precious Secret

Psalms 16:8

Psalm 16:8

Verse 8. Set the Lord always before you as—

  • I. Your protector.
  • II. Your leader.
  • III. Your example.
  • IV. Your observer.


On Psalm 16 from The Treasury of David by Charles H. Spurgeon

TITLE. MICHTAM OF DAVID. This is usually understood to mean THE GOLDEN PSALM, and such a title is most appropriate, for the matter is as the most fine gold. Ainsworth calls it “David’s jewel, or notable song.” Dr. Hawker, who is always alive to passages full of savour, devoutly cries, “Some have rendered it precious, othersgolden, and others, precious jewel; and as the Holy Ghost, by the apostles Peter and Paul, hath shown us that it is all about the Lord Jesus Christ, what is here said of him is precious, is golden, is a jewel indeed!” We have not met with the term Michtam before, but if spared to write upon Psalms 56, 57, 58, 59, and 60, we shall see it again, and shall observe that like the present these psalms, although they begin with prayer, and imply trouble, abound in holy confidence and close with songs of assurance as to ultimate safety and joy. Dr. Alexander, whose notes are peculiarly valuable, thinks that the word is most probably a simple derivative of a word signifying tohide, and signifies a secret or mystery, and indicates the depth of doctrinal and spiritual import in these sacred compositions. If this be the true interpretation it well accords with the other, and when the two are put together, they make up a name which every reader will remember, and which will bring the precious subject at once to mind. THE PSALM OF THE PRECIOUS SECRET.

Continue on with Spurgeon and the ‘precious secret’ here…

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Faith Is…


Sanctuary Sunday is a Sunday blog series focusing on matters of faith, spirituality, wisdom, and the Journey.

A Mother’s Prayer

A_Mothers_Prayer - Sidney Carter

I have a sneaking suspicion this is true…

“Eventually you realize that the reason God didn’t always answer your prayers is that He was answering your mom’s prayers.” – Robert Brault

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Heart-based Parenting

Christian Parenting Handbook

From The Christian Parenting Handbook, by Dr. Scott Turansky & Joanne Miller, RN, BSN

I’m going to go out on a limb here and recommend this book, a book I have not read, based on the fact that I really trust the authors’ parenting advice. I’ve been receiving their free Parenting Tips emails for years and there are nuggets in each one with practical suggestions to help you better relate to your children and change their hearts, not just their behavior.

Notice it’s not called a ‘Childhood’ handbook; it’s called a ‘Parenting’ handbook and for good reason. Behavior starts with the parent and stems from their heart. If we are well trained, especially in the ways of the Bible, it surely has a positive effect on our children’s behavior, and more importantly, on their hearts.

If you sign-up Dr. Turansky and Ms. Miller’s emails, take a few minutes to poke around their website too. The National Center for Biblical Parenting has many resources for families and church or small group settings.

Here’s a little preview of what to expect in the Parenting Tips emails:

Helping Children Take Responsibility – Part 1

Some children have a hard time taking responsibility for their faults and weaknesses. A debriefing after a discipline time is always helpful. When your child is ready to go on with life take a few moments and talk about what happened.

We encourage parents to ask, “What did you do wrong?”This question helps get the conversation going. Ask in a gentle way, not accusing. This allows your child to admit what he or she did wrong. It’s important for children to take responsibility for their actions. If others were involved, as they often are, a child should not excuse misbehavior by blaming someone else. The foolishness of others doesn’t justify a wrong response.

A common mistake parents make is to engage in dialogue about the whole situation, trying to figure out who else was wrong, what was fair, who started the problem, and why such things happen. Those questions may be helpful at times, but you’ll get much further in helping your children change their hearts if you start by asking “What did you do wrong?” Most children don’t like to admit their faults. They either blame others or just try to overlook the problem.

Your simple question can help children see their own mistakes and learn to take responsibility for them. When two children are fighting, for example, be careful not to focus on just one child’s offense. Usually when two children are fighting you have two selfish children. Ask each of them this simple question. Teach the offended child how to respond properly.

Confession is a spiritual skill that children need to learn. It helps them take responsibility for their part of the problem and that’s always the first step toward change. All of this can be started with a great introductory question, “What did you do wrong?”

Learn more about having a Positive Conclusion after discipline in the Heart Work Training Manual and CD #5 by Dr Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN.

Click here to read summaries of all eight lessons.

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Start a Day Blessing

“May you rise up today with the full assurance that God has your back. He is with you, for you, and actively working on your behalf. He does for you what you cannot do for yourself. May you do for Him the one thing you can do: Trust Him with your whole heart and embrace joy along the way! Grace and peace to you this day!” -Susie Larson (author, speaker, encourager), Start a Day Prayer for April 3, 2013

Susie Larson posts beautiful and inspiring prayers each morning and evening on her Facebook page. I encourage you to ‘Like’ her page and visit her website at

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Two Things…

Two Things

John Newton
Reformed slave trader, minister, writer of hymns

“My memory is nearly gone,
but I remember two things:
That I am a great sinner
and that Christ is a great Savior.”
– John Newton, 1807

2013 marks the 240th anniversary of Newton writing the beloved hymn, Amazing Grace.

Powerful commentary on Newton and Amazing Grace from the video above which features Scottish bagpipe accompaniment of this blessed hymn:

John Newton was a slave trader. He trafficked thousands of men, women and children from Africa to the Auction blocks.

In 1748 a violent storm threatened to sink his ship and he fell to his knees and prayed to God for mercy. It was that night that John Newton sensed there is a God who hears and answers prayers… even for the worst of men.

Over time Newton repented as a preacher and writer of hymns. In 1772 he wrote a hymn called Faith’s Review and Expectation. A song that you know as Amazing Grace. It became perhaps the most popular song in history.

A song with a few notes lifts the heads of the hopeless, softens the hearts of the hardened.

Amazing Grace was sung by both sides of the civil war and used as a requiem by the Cherokee Indians on the Trail of Tears.

Civil rights protestors sang it defiantly during freedom marches and on that sweltering August day when Dr. King shared his dream.

Amazing Grace rang out when Nelson Mandela was freed from prison and when the Berlin Wall came crumbling down.

On September 11th, Amazing Grace was sung to comfort a mourning world.

It was sung when the Saints marched back into the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina reviving the spirit of a fallen city.

Grace has power to transform, to right wrongs, to turn a man who once traded slaves into one who fought for their freedom.

Through many dangers, toils and snares
We have already come
Twas grace that brought us safe thus far…
And Grace will Lead us home.
-John Newton

A short bio of his life can be found here. Further reading, images, and videos available here.

Place yourself in the hands of this loving God. Be a sinner saved by grace. He was prepared to save you an eternity ago. Allow His grace to lead you home.

Peace in Christ and a blessed Easter weekend to you all.

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One Pair of Hands

Carroll Roberson is blessed with a beautiful voice and a familiar tone. Let’s just say he’s been mistaken for Elvis a time or two.

I hope One Pair of Hands blesses your heart. It is a song of encouragement with a message ideal for Holy Week.

One Pair of Hands
Performed by Carrol Roberson

One pair of hands formed the mountains,
One pair of hands formed the sea,
And one pair of hands made the sun and the moon,
Every bird, every flower, every tree

One pair of hands formed the valleys,
The ocean, the rivers and the sand
Those hands are so strong, so when life goes wrong,
Put your faith in the one pair of hands

One pair of hands, healed the sick,
One pair of hands raised the dead,
One pair of hands calmed the ragging storm,
And thousands of people were fed
One pair of hands said I love you
And those hands were nailed to a tree

Those hands are so strong, so when life goes wrong
Put your faith into one pair of hands

Romans 6:22-23 “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

1 Peter 2:24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.”

1 John 5:11-12 “And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.”

Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

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