Focus Verse: Yet he saved them for his name’s sake, to make his mighty power known. (8)
Yet is a conjunction meaning: but at the same time; but nevertheless. This word is mentioned twice in this psalm. First, after verse 7:
When our ancestors were in Egypt, they gave no thought to your miracles; they did not remember your many kindnesses, and they rebelled by the sea, the Red Sea. Yet…
Second, after verse 43:
Many times he delivered them, but they were bent on rebellion and they wasted away in their sin. Yet..
In spite of the forgetfulness, rebelliousness and sinfulness of His people, God still saved them and the same can be said for us. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. We were disobedient and unbelieving toward God, but in spite of our degenerate state, God showed us love. We were in sin, yet God sent us a Savior.
Focus Verse: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise. (10)
When we have God’s wisdom, we will have a good understanding of His works, Word and ways. The better we know God, the more we will want to give Him praise.
Focus Verse: Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice. (5)
God loves those who love to give. We should not be generous out of a sense of Christian duty. We should give freely because God has given freely to us.
1 Thessalonians 2
Focus Verse: On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts. (4)
When we share the Gospel, there are some who may accuse us of doing so for financial gain or to appear pious before others. But how can they know our hearts when they do not know their own? God is the only one who can test our hearts to see whether our motives are pure or evil. The skepticism of others should not cause us to be silent about what we believe. We don’t live to please people, but God.