Jude 1:13 Wandering Stars

Jude 1:13 (KJV)
Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

The passage is, of course, contending with those “certain men crept in unawares.” The remarks the Word of God pronounces against them are scathing. No doubt, this speaks of individuals who work their way into churches and cause great harm.

I would like to explore a secondary application. Perhaps even worse than those individuals who creep into churches are those attitudes and characteristics that, like them, can creep into us unawares.

  • A characteristic of rebellion
  • A characteristic of greed
  • A characteristic of pride

And the one I wish to focus on

  • A characteristic of wandering

Everyone knows that stars have a fixed path. Creationists and evolutionists may disagree on the cause of this path, but, to my knowledge, even the evolutionist agrees that the stars move at a fixed rate and on a fixed path. It’s why the old sailors could guide their ships by them. It’s how astronomers chart and watch them.

Occasionally, a star will get out of its path. Technically I know it’s not a true star, but it is a heavenly object. Some of them are large enough and come close enough to cause concern to those who gaze into the sky. These wandering stars threaten to collide and cause great harm and death.

God has a place for you and me. He also has a course for our lives. When we wander out of place and set for ourselves a course not intended by the Lord, we threaten great harm and loss in the work of the Lord.

Few of those wandering stars hit our planet. Most of them are only empty threats. Things like gravitational forces prevent them from hitting our home. A few make it into the atmosphere, where they burn up. Only small bits of them have ever made it to the earth. They’ve not been anywhere near as damaging as they appear. I think the same is true of those wandering stars of our nature.

Still, it is wise to identify them and ask the Lord to contain and correct them in us.

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Jude 1:13 Wandering Stars

Psalms 142:3 This Caveat

Psalms 142:3 (KJV)
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.

There is no question that the Psalmist was hurting. We are kidding ourselves if we think Christians are always supposed to be happy, healthy, and prosperous. That just isn’t Bible.

The superscript for the Psalm tells us that this was a psalm of David when he was in the cave. I wonder how, in that hidden place, he could have cried out to the LORD with his voice?

He likens himself to a sheep in green pasture or a deer by a water brook in other Psalms. Here he speaks of his enemy knowing his path and laying a snare for him on it. I am reminded of how hunters research an animal’s patterns and paths and then set a stand so he can wait and kill the unsuspecting beast. The deer are doing what deer always do. However, this time he is unwittingly walking into the enemy’s sights. David felt just like that.

Except for this one caveat. David knew that the hunter wasn’t the only one who knew his path. David knew God also saw. Was he overwhelmed? Sure he was. But he kept on because he knew God would, either in this world or the next, deal bountifully with him.

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Psalms 142:3 This Caveat

Psalms 141:5 A Righteous Smiting

Psalms 141:5 (KJV)
Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities.

The Psalmist’s great concern here is that he does not want to be inclined to any evil thing.[1] Evil isn’t necessarily wicked. It could be anything that is destructive, counterproductive, especially anything that does not progress spiritual growth.

In an effort not to be inclined this way:

  • The Psalmist implores the Lord
  • The Psalmist seeks to set a watch over his mouth
  • The Psalmist separates from men that work iniquity
  • The Psalmist also seeks righteous men who willingly smite him.

To the latter, it isn’t that they smite him out of anger or for things that have little purpose. Really, could a righteous man be mean-spirited and given to anger or a cruel nature? I think not. What the Psalmist wishes is that righteous men would correct him when they witness an inclination toward evil.

  • It might be a loving rebuke
  • It might be a stern word
  • It might be they close a door

The point is that they do it for our good. A righteous man would always and only smite us for our good. 


[1] Psalms 141:4 (KJV)
Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.

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Psalms 141:5 A Righteous Smiting

Psalms 138:1 Before the Gods

Psalms 138:1 (KJV)
I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.

Someone might say that the word, gods, refers to lords, princes, rulers over lands and nations. 
Indeed, the Psalm mentions the kings of the earth.[1] No doubt we ought to praise and glorify God in the presence of them all.

Another will say that we ought to praise God in preference to the idols and false gods men have made.
This is for sure a fact. Thou shalt have no other gods before him.

I wish to suggest that we ought to praise and sing praise to God in the midst of a world filled with people worshiping every form of false god and idol. 
Those gods are nothing except for what the people who worship them make them out to be. Our God is alive, more powerful than any man or group of men. We do not make God what He is, He makes us what we are.

We live as strangers in this world. Sing praise to the LORD who is strange to all the world. Make the world to know Him.


[1] Psalms 138:4 (KJV)
All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD, when they hear the words of thy mouth.

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Psalms 138:1 Before the Gods


Psalms 137:5 Don’t Forget God

Psalms 137:5 (KJV)
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.

There is no question that the cunning of his right hand has to do with music. Imagine them using the songs of their faith to entertain the pagan world and then, the Psalmist says, through the very use of that music, forgetting the plan of God for them. If we think of Jerusalem as the place of the Temple, then we can extend this to using the songs of their faith to forget the house of God.

I am thinking of so many famous musicians, especially of a generation ago, who got their start singing in church. A few of them I’ve heard of continued to sing a hymn or gospel song in their concerts, even if that concert was in a bar. They essentially defiled the song by using it in that manner. They may have believed that they were being some sort of a Christian witness and thereby salved their conscience. In truth, they had defiled themselves all the more, not merely for rejecting the life God has for those who follow Him but by using that which belongs to God to forget those things that belong to God.

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Psalms 137:5 Don’t Forget God

Psalms 132:10 They Hoped in Jesus

Psalms 132:10 (KJV)
For thy servant David’s sake turn not away the face of thine anointed.

This Psalm is believed to have been written sometime after King David. I suspect that it was written about the time the Jews returned from Babylon. Ezra had drilled in them, through 1 and 2 Chronicles, the importance of David’s kingdom to the plan of God. In this Song of degrees, the Jews were making their way back to the temple, remembering David’s part in it.

It is, in fact, a pronouncement of faith that the Messiah would come of David. It is not for David’s sake that God does anything. It is for Jesus’ sake that He does not turn His face away.

God promised David that Jesus, the Messiah, would come from Him.

Psalms 132:11 (KJV)
The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne.

The Jews did not hope in David. They hoped in the fruit of his body.

They hoped in Jesus.

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Psalms 132:10 They Hoped in Jesus

Psalms 130:4 Because of Forgiveness

Psalms 130:4 (KJV)
But there isforgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.

Consider the Psalmist’s predicament.
Psalms 130:1 (KJV)
A Song of degrees. Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD.
Whatever was the circumstance, he is desperate. He is in the depths of despair. His Prayers not only must reach heaven, but they also must escape the pit before they can make it past the ceiling.

Psalms 130:2 (KJV)
Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.
Is this not the hope of every child of the Lord? How much more so in times of desperation.

Psalms 130:3 (KJV)
If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?
And then he remembers his sin. Desperate to have the ear of God, he is keenly aware of all that would prevent his voice from entering into the throne room of grace.

Psalms 130:4 (KJV)
But there isforgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.
What hope! What comfort! What liberty of the soul! God forgives. Therefore, we can come boldly to the throne of grace to obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Psalms 130:5 (KJV)
I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.
I wait for the Lord. I can wait because I know there is forgiveness with God. I can hope in His Word. I can arise from despair. I can live boldly, cheerfully, abundantly because there is forgiveness with God.

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Psalms 130:4 Because of Forgiveness

Psalms 124:1-2 On Our Side

Psalms 124:1-2 (KJV)
If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, now may Israel say;
If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us:

I have heard an anecdote that a reporter once asked President Lincoln whether he thought the Lord was on his side. He responded that he was more concerned whether he was on the side of the Lord rather than the Lord on our side. The difference isn’t so subtle. During the Civil War, both sides claimed the side of the Lord, and both sides had some very godly men. It illustrates just how difficult it can be to know the side we are fighting for is God’s side.

I only know one way to know that the Lord is on our side and that we are in His, that is to invest our lives in the cause of Christ as found in the Word of God. If we know the Word and stand upon it, we cannot help but have Him on our side.

There are other causes for which a man may invest himself. Those causes may be more or less worthy. The only one we can be assured is of the Lord is the one we find in the Bible.[1]


[1] James 4:1 (KJV)
From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?

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Psalms 124:1-2 On Our Side

Psalms 122:6 This Is The Truth

Psalms 122:6 (KJV)
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

I perused an article this morning unrelated to this text but with an argument that I believe illustrates the point of my visit with the Lord today. The article, published by Answers in Genesis,[1] responded to some criticism they had received from a group known as BioLogos. In a previous piece, AIG accused BioLogos of suffering false teachers. This article sought to justify that accusation by defining what false teaching is. One of the definitions they gave was to claim that one or more of the writers of Scripture was wrong. It stands to reason. A Christian ought to assert that someone claiming that something in the Bible is incorrect teaches falsehood.

Every word of God is pure.

Here’s the connection I want to make with this text, was the Psalmist right or wrong? If every word is pure, then this is the truth. They shall prosper that love Jerusalem. Therefore, supporting anything or anyone who contributes to unrest for the Jews in Jerusalem is unbiblical. To teach Christians to do anything other than love Jerusalem is to teach falsehood.

I stand in support of any movement that leads to peace in Jerusalem. I am opposed to any administration that contributes to unrest there.


[1] https://answersingenesis.org/blogs/calvin-smith/2022/01/31/response-biologos-heresy-part-1/

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Psalms 122:6 This Is The Truth

Psalms 119:160 The Beginning and Forever

Psalms 119:160 (KJV)
Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

Once in a while a preacher will say something like, “I believe the Bible is true from beginning to end.” Or else they might say, “I believe this book from the front all the way to the back.” He might say something like, “I believe the Bible from Genesis all the way to Revelation.”  He might even jokingly say, “I even believe the cover where it says, Holy Bible.”

God’s Word is true.

  • From front to back
  • From Genesis to Revelation
  • From beginning to end

But it’s even more true than that.

God’s Word is true from the beginning and forever. It was true when God created the heavens and the earth. It will still be true when He creates the new heavens and the new earth.

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Psalms 119:160 The Beginning and Forever