Posts made in January, 2017

Psalm 54: The Great Upholder

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

How many of us were trained (if we were trained at all) to be as or more consciously dependent upon God as we are practically self-sufficient. Aren’t most of us conditioned to do everything in our own power to make life work, then as a last resort, call on God our “helper” (an exalted title by the way).

What a gross distortion of what is true about us and true about God.

It takes so little to knock us down … sickness, unemployment, injustice, accidents, conflict. We are deficient, finite, always in need of help whether we realize it or not, whether we admit it or not.

God, on the other hand, is infinitely self-sufficient. He lacks absolutely nothing. He never needs help. Seriously … never.

Why do we ever withhold any part of our fragile lives from the only One who can and does hold us up? Every breath we take, every beat of our heart is proof positive that God is faithfully sustaining our very lives and more than able to do beyond all that we ask or think. (Ephesians 3:20-21)

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Psalm 53: Misplaced Accolades

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Brilliant! Ingenious! Unusually Insightful!

It is accolades like these that are showered upon finite human beings determined to establish, despite all evidence to the contrary, that God does not in fact exist.

God calls it “foolish” … a painful accusation against our glowing reviews. *READ PSALM 53!

Humanity has always been easily impressed with what it discovers while dim to what has been revealed by the One who spoke all things into being. How foolish indeed we are to pat ourselves on the back while withholding honor and praise from our Maker.

What a shock when the veil over God’s full glory is pulled back, every knee bowed and every tongue confessing His splendor. We would do well to render to Him the praise He is due now before we stand in His presence to give an account.

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Psalm 52: Before You Speak

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

Words are weighty, saturated with potential for help or harm.

All that we say can cut like a knife, pummel like a wrecking ball, or mend that which is broken in the life of another.

Funny thing about words, their power is embedded in the heart from which they were formed. Intent truly is enormous when it comes to what proceeds from our mouths (or keyboards). So, WHY we say what we say matters as much or more than what we actually say. And make no mistake, words have equally as much potential for help or harm for the speaker as they have for those who hear them.

Before you speak, consider this …

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” (Proverbs 18:21, ESV)

“Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” (Proverbs 29:20, ESV)

“On the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak.” (Matthew 12:36, ESV)

Before you speak, ask yourself, “Is it true? Is it loving? Is it timely? Does it build up or tear down?” You, and everyone in the sound of your voice (your text, your post, your tweet), will be glad you did.

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Psalm 51: Red Hands

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

It’s a sick sensation being caught red-handed … irrefutable evidence flooding in to drown me in my depravity. Instinctively I hide, deny, justify, minimize, excuse, condone, blame-shift (ad nauseam); pathetic attempts to preserve lifeless pursuits. It started with Adam (Gen 3:8-12) and has passed down to every generation since.

Hope in these desperate straits lies only in the precious gifts of conviction, contrition and confession, each mercifully prompted by the Spirit of truth as a straight and narrow path to restoration. Excruciating exposure opens wounds in want of healing, and they are healed.

Red hands are washed as pure as the driven snow by the blood of the Lamb. What would you give for such joy? You’ve not nearly enough, but nothing is all you need. Tell the truth of your transgressions and find a Father’s forgiveness, secured for you by the Son’s sacrifice.

This scandalous salvation (1 Cor 1:23) is the song of broken yet hopeful people. We sing because our once red hands have been made clean and made ready for every good work (2 Tim 2:21). And the One who began a good work in us will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” (Phil 1:6)

With what part of David’s confessional prayer do you most identify?

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