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Psalm 84: At Home

Posted by on Oct 10, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

It has oft been repeated, “There’s no place like home.” To some, home is where your heart is; to others, it’s where you hang your hat. At the very least, we somehow know we were made for it, and realize much of our lives are spent in search of it.

Finding home on earth in the fullest sense while a citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20) is more than difficult, it’s impossible. The world’s customs and values are foreign terrain to a child of God. They’re not foreign in the sense of unfamiliar; more like peculiar or out of sync for any person whose soul is fixed on the homeland of God’s holiness.

Once adopted into the family of God – by grace through faith – we become ambassadors of unseen things, our surroundings become hostile territory, and our journey through life a trek behind enemy lines. You could say we’re making the best of a home away from home.

Hopefully, we’re not traveling alone, but with others who share our identity and our longing for the Father’s good kingdom to come and His good will to be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10).

To be at home here isn’t about inhabiting a region, but rather traveling each day under the King’s banner of faith, hope and love (1 Corinthians 13:13). All who make their way that way are assured grace and glory for this stretch of the road; everything they need to walk well until they arrive at their heavenly destination.

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Psalm 83: Big

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Everywhere I look, the tide is changing. The moral and spiritual boundaries of our culture have shifted so as to promote decadence, not restrain it. The champions of tolerance are intolerant of truth and of those who strive to preserve it. Growing contempt for and opposition to Christ-followers cannot be denied.

Where once there was appreciation for the light of God’s word and people, there is now aggravation. “And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.” (John 3:19, ESV)

The enemies of the gospel loom large … their voice is loud, their influence far-reaching, their threats as ominous as an impending storm …

But thankfully, the God of the gospel is bigger.

I need Him to be big; bigger than I or my adversaries could ever be. I need Him to stem the tide, contain the cultural erosion and calm the storm. If not, I need God to be big in me, full of enough strength that I can faithfully endure every bit of the hostility that billows around me and any who name the name of Christ.

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Psalm 82: Elevate

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Words and deeds lay dormant in us, awaiting our command. Will they be dispatched with kind intentions? Or to keep others under the weight of weakness.

What power we have! Yes, we are all fragile, mortal, and finite in every way; but endowed with immense potential for influence in each other’s lives. And certainly, some have more ability than others. Those of worldly privilege can easily wreck or relieve the lives of those less fortunate.

Is there a more beautiful display of raw power than when it is exercised on behalf of the powerless? We’re inspired by any who endeavor to use their high position to esteem and elevate the downtrodden, instead of trampling them into further misery.

What might inspire benevolence in the hearts of those able to extend it? Ideally, empathy and compassion would govern the intentions of potential benefactors. But where that is lacking, the greatest among us should remember there is still One greater … One who brings good news to the poor; binds up the brokenhearted; proclaims liberty to captives and comfort to all who mourn (Isaiah 61:1-2)

It is to Him we will all answer … He who has no peer, no equal. He who is the origin of power and the One who entrusts it to earthly stewards, expecting they will use it with the kindest of intent.

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My response to Psalm 81

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

I first wrote my thought journal response to Psalm 81 almost three years ago. Now, as I’m making my way through the second 50 (of 150) psalms – in my “Say So” project – I’m linking to that post http://brokenyethopeful.com/2014/12/23/psalm-81-listen/ . I truly believe there is just about nothing we could ever do that will transform us for the better than dwell attentively within all that God has to say through His creation, His word, and His Spirit. May all that He says be a light to our path.

 

 

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Psalm 80: Willing

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

There are moments; precious moments when I am as lucid about my sin as I can be. My transgressions stand in complete contradiction to my worth as an image bearer of God. Disobedience, rebellion, defiance (or any other moniker for sin) is completely irrational given the infinite loving-kindness I have been mercifully shown by my Holy Creator. In those moments, I see sin for the dead-end it truly is.

My excuses, my justifications, my dismissals and denials are all exposed for the cheap, hallow attempts at dodging guilt they most certainly are.

My longing to be renewed, re-made, re-aligned – restored – reaches a fever pitch.

It is in those moments that I am most ready to have God be God in my life. I am far more interested in His will than I am in my own. I cling to His intentions for me which I first grasped when I first entrusted my life to Him.

It is in those moments I am willing to be changed; saved from the consequences of my best apart from God.

I’m so grateful He will have me despite my foolish heart.

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Psalm 79: Longsuffering

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Why does God put up with the vile perversity of this world? In our fallen state, we are able to tolerate depravity of every variety. But how does an utterly holy God, the creator of heaven and earth, endure all that is wrong with it all?

Why does God seemingly turn a blind eye to massive oppression? How can injustice go unaddressed? Where is swift judgment for any who would practice cruelty for sport?

How does the God of angel armies justify withholding wrath from those who torment, exploit, or neglect the least of these that walk among us?

What about the run of the mill liars, cheaters, thieves, adulterers, murderers … what about all of them?

Come to think about it … what about me? Why does God put up with me?

“But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost (of sinners), Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.” (1 Timothy 1:16)

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