Entries by doncostello

September 22

Song of Solomon 4, 5 In our reading today, the first verse of chapter 5 reminded me of another  passage. In Song of Solomon it reads “I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse: I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk […]

September 21

Song of Solomon 1-3 In our reading today we have passage about a banquet hall or house. “He brought me to the banqueting house, And his banner over me was love” (Song of Solomon 2:4 ). At once I begin thinking of other passages. The marriage supper of the Lamb. Revelation 19:7, 8 “Let us […]

September 20

Ecclesiastes 10-12 In our reading today we have verses describing the Judgment of God: Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14 “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it […]

September 19

Ecclesiastes 7-9 Ecclesiastes 8:11 “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.” Long delays in execution against evil works produces evil desire to do evil. Sentencing against evil works are to produce a deterrent for evil. An […]

September 18

Ecclesiastes 4-6 In our reading today we have a verse that addresses stinginess. Ecclesiastes 5:13, There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt. Our God is a giver, He gave His own son to be a sin offering for us to […]

September 17

Ecclesiastes 1-3 In our reading today we find some fascinating verses. Ecclesiastes 1:6, 7 “The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits. 1:7 All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the […]

September 16

Proverbs 30, 31 In our reading today we have one of the warnings of Scripture concerning adding to the words of God. “Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar” (Proverbs 30:6). There are two other warnings in Scripture that are similar. In Revelation the last chapter […]

September 15

Proverbs 28, 29 In our reading today we have a verse that is carved above the doorway of the  old county courthouse where I live. Proverbs 129:18 “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” In this instance the King James is hard to understand so […]

September 14

Proverbs 25-27 In our reading today we have a proverb about humility similar the the parable that Jesus cited during his ministry concerning humility. In Proverbs 25:6, 7 the writer says: “Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence, and do not claim a place among his great men; 25:7 it is better for him […]

September 13

Proverbs 23, 24 In our reading today is a couple of verses that describe the spiritual “taste” of revelation knowledge when the Spirit of God enlightens the Scripture in your heart.Proverbs 24:13, 14 declare,  “My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste: 24:14 So shall […]

September 12

Proverbs 21, 22 In our reading today is a warning about thorns and snares. Proverbs 22:5 [American Standard Version] “Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse: He that keepeth his soul shall be far from them.” Thorns and snares are also characteristic of spiritually lazy individuals (Proverbs 24:30, 31). He that keeps his […]

September 11

Proverbs 19, 20 In our reading today we have a warning of the effect of ceasing to hear the the instructions of the Lord. Proverbs 19:27 in the New Living Translation says, “ If you stop listening to instruction, my child, you will turn your back on knowledge.” We as believers must constantly seek to […]

September 10

Proverbs 17, 18 In our reading today we have two powerful witnesses that exhort us to control what comes out of our mouth. Proverbs 18:20, 21 “A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall be be filled. 18:21 Death and life are in […]

September 9

Proverbs 15-16 In our reading today we have a verse I have been meditating on the last few days. Proverbs 16:17 “The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.” All through Scripture we have the word picture of life as a road, a path we […]

September 8

Proverbs 13, 14 In our reading today is a couple of verses on the power of the words that come out of our mouth. Proverbs 13:2, 3 “A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence. 13:3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his […]

September 7

Proverbs 11, 12 In our reading today we have a few verses that flow with our New Testament reading. Proverbs 11:5, 6 “The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness. 11:6 The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in […]

September 6

Proverbs 9, 10 In our reading today we have an amazing promise from God. Proverbs 9:10, 11 in the Amplified reads “The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning (the chief and choice part) of Wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight and understanding. For by me [Wisdom from […]

September 5

Proverbs 7, 8 In our reading today we have a warning to men concerning the immoral woman. The roles could be flipped so the warning would be to a woman concerning the immoral man. Chapter 7 begins with the power of obedience to God’s word and wisdom enabling us to avoid the immoral person whatever […]

September 4

Proverbs 5, 6 In our reading today is a verse full of instruction. Proverbs 6:23 “For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:” If you have ever walked through the woods at night you know it is downright dangerous, tree limbs across the […]

September 3

Proverbs 3, 4 In our reading today is a very simple passage where God promises to lead and direct us. Proverbs 3:5, 6 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” In this passage God […]

September 2

Proverbs 1-2 In our reading today we have a warning of the evil man and the strange woman (Proverbs 2:10-19). Both the male and the female in this passage are former believers. The male “left the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness” (Proverbs 2:12, 13). The female who “forsaketh the guide […]

September 1

Psalm 148-150 In our reading today is the last psalm, Psalm 150.  “Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. 150:2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. 150:3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with […]

August 31

Psalm 145-147 In our reading today we Psalm 147:4 “He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name.” Some of the name of the stars and galaxies are mentioned in Scripture. Job 9:8, 9 is one example,  “Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea. […]

August 30

Psalm 142-144 In our reading today is a verse that is dear to my heart. Psalm 144:1 “Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:” The reason it’s special to me is I love to write, I have from my earliest memories. When I became a […]

August 29

Psalm 139-141 In our reading today we have a psalm of David that describes the forming of a child in the womb of their mother. In Psalm 139:16 David writes, “Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as […]

August 28

Psalm 136-138 In our reading today we have a verse that promises that God will fulfill His plan and purposes for our life. Psalm 138:8 [NASB] “The LORD will accomplish what concerns me; Your loving kindness, O LORD, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.” The phrase “that which concerns me” is […]

August 27

Psalm 136-138 In our reading today we have a verse that promises that God will fulfill His plan and purposes for our life. Psalm 138:8 [NASB] “The LORD will accomplish what concerns me; Your loving kindness, O LORD, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.” The phrase “that which concerns me” is referring […]

August 26

Psalm 128-131 In our reading today is a verse we are all thankful for. Psalm 130:3 [NIV] “If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?” Praise God he doesn’t keep a record of sins. And the psalmist was writing this under the Old Covenant when the best there was, was there […]

August 25

Psalm 124-127 In our reading we have a very common passage concerning sowing and reaping. “Those who sow in tears Shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, Bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, Bringing his sheaves with him” (Psalm 126:5, 6). This passage has been used concerning sowing the […]

August 24

Psalm 120-123 In our reading today is a verse that calls me back to my days when I worked for a living (I’m retired now). The verse is Psalm 123:2 “Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, […]

August 23

Psalm 119:105-176 In our reading today we are still in Psalm 119. In Psalm 119:128 we see the proper attitude a believer is to have toward the word of God. “ Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.” It is not saying that God’s […]

August 22

Psalm 119:49-104 Though the author of Psalm 119 is unknown most scholars Christian Jewish attribute it to David.  In our reading today we have a divine list of powerful blessings of meditating the Word. Psalm 119:97-99 “O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. 119:98 Thou through thy commandments hast […]

August 21

Psalm 119:1-48 Psalm 119 has 176 verses and every one of the verses says something about God’s word. It is truly an amazing Psalm. In Psalm 119:18 the Psalmist sings, “Open thou my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” Centuries later the Apostle Paul prayed that the church would be […]

August 20

Psalm 116-118 In our reading today we have a verse that exhorts us to praise and rejoice before God in our homes. “The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly” (Psalm 118:15). The “tabernacles” or “tents” of course are our homes. The […]

August 19

Psalm 112-115 In our reading today we have a Psalm describing an individual who fears the Lord. All ten verses of Psalm 112 describe a person “who fears the Lord, that delights greatly in his commandments”, (Psalm 112:1). He is blessed! All of it is good, but I want to focus on verses 7 & […]

August 18

Psalm 109-111 In our reading today we have the most quoted Old Testament verse in the New Testament. Psalm 110 :1 “The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.” This verse is quoted or alluded to 16 times in the New Testament: Matthew 22:44; […]

August 17

Psalm 105, 106 In our reading today we see God remembering the covenant He made with Abraham in Genesis 15:18-21 concerning the land of Canaan. “O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen. 105:7 He is the Lord our God: his judgments are in all the earth. 105:8 He hath […]

August 16

Psalm 105, 106 In our reading today we see God remembering the covenant He made with Abraham in Genesis 15:18-21 concerning the land of Canaan. “O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen. 105:7 He is the Lord our God: his judgments are in all the earth. 105:8 He hath […]

August 15

Psalm 103, 104 In our reading today we have some of the benefits of being in Covenant with God. The one I want to focus on is in verse 3 “Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;” The Hebrew word for healeth  is Strong number 7495 and it means râphâʼ (figuratively) to […]

August 14

Psalm 99-102 In our reading today we have a powerful exhortation from King David. He writes in Psalm 101:3 “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.” How needful are these words in our present technological age where literally […]

August 13

Psalm 96-98 In our reading today we have an interesting verse. Psalm 98:4 “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.” Notice the word “noise” is used twice but it is not the same Hebrew word. The first use “make a joyful noise” means […]

August 12

Psalm 93-95 In our reading today we will look at a passage cited in the New Testament. A warning about hardening our hearts. Hardening our heart is a dangerous thing and it is entirely up to us. We are the ones who harden our hearts.We harden our hearts when we choose to walk in disobedience […]

August 11

Psalm 90, 92 Psalm 91 is a Psalm of divine protection. The author is not named but tradition has it as Moses was the author. There are many explicit promises given in this Psalm and they are all wonderful and to be believed, memorized and meditated upon and to be stood upon by the believer […]

August 10

Psalm 88, 89 In our reading today we have the promise of God concerning His Covenant. Psalm 89:34 “My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.” A similar declaration is announced in Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son […]

August 9

Psalm 85-87 In our reading today is Psalm 85:8 “I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.” The Psalmist is referring to a decision he has made. He writes that he WILL HEAR what […]

August 8

Psalm 82-84 In our reading today we learn of a man or a woman whose strength is in the LORD. Psalm 84:5-7 “Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. 84:6 Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth […]

August 7

Romans 8:1-18 Yesterday we talked about “the law of sin and death” (Romans 7:15-23), how that every person is dealing with it and we talked about the solution. I heard a very wise minister say that the law of sin and death is like the law of gravity, you cannot stop it from working, they […]

August 6

Psalm 78 Psalm 78:1 Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.” In the NET Bible, the Psalmist writes , “Pay attention, my people”. Then he writes “incline your ears”. The Hebrew word for “incline” means “to stretch out”. I think we all at one time […]

August 5

Psalm 75-77 In our reading today the Psalmist writes,  “I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings” (Psalm 77:11, 12). There is a special blessing to those who meditate God’s word. The Bible says […]

August 4

Psalm 73, 74 In our reading today is a comforting and encouraging verse. Psalm 73:28 “But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.” Saints, if God feels distant from us, then let us draw near to […]