Psalm 92: The Good Life

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

The good life … what is it, really?

Is it having what we want when we want it? Is it being the best with the most above and beyond everyone else? Is it spectacular, never-before accomplished feats in human history that somehow set us apart from the average human being? It seems that simply getting ahead of the human race in some form or fashion garners the prize.

But with all our achievements, accolades, and acquisitions, are we genuinely fulfilled? Can we sit back and authentically rest in peace? How much satisfaction can actually be had by surpassing our fellow man? And what about the day when our fellow man surpasses us?

Isn’t it far more stunning that our Creator, despite our frailty and fruitless rebellion, extends infinite grace and mercy to us? Doesn’t it bend our minds to think of a world, a galaxy, a universe perfectly designed to sustain a breath, a heartbeat, and a meaningful existence; quite apart from our performance?

What better way to dwell in this world than in the wonder of His works on our behalf.

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Psalm 91: Refuge

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

What in this broken world do you most fear?

We don’t have to look far or long to find ominous reminders that much in our little corner of the universe isn’t right … natural disaster, poverty, corruption, terrorism, disease, betrayal, humiliation, injustice and death. All of it comes with a cost we hope never comes due at our address.

Is there such a thing as a “safe place?” Can our trembling hearts find refuge in the face of the unknown? Yes!

When our fear finds faith anchored in the faithfulness of God, we are delivered – sometimes immediately and always eventually – from all that threatens to undo us. Our heavenly Father is our fortress and the vast bulwark of His love surrounding us is impenetrable.

We will undoubtedly suffer loss in this life. But none of it will be outside of God’s sovereign care nor beyond His good intentions. He is our hope and He alone can turn our mourning into dancing with promises of ultimate protection.

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.” Psalm 34:19

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Psalm 90: Our Moment

Posted by on Nov 19, 2017 in Blog | 1 comment

Let this sink in.

Your life, as full and busy and chaotic and entertaining and timeless as it seems; it truly is just a blink of the eye. Think of it like a breath. There’s eternity … and then there’s your moment; your speck of time in all of time.

As miniscule as that moment is, it is gigantically valuable; monumentally significant. Each day matters not only for that day, but forever. Seriously, forever. What you do with it, what you make of it, how you invest it, the purpose for which you live it is a REALLY BIG DEAL!

Waywardness is wearisome. Complacency is costly. Rebellion against the Creator of all things can only lead to deep regret. Perhaps you’ve already tasted some of that.

Our days were given us by God to treasure; like freshly cut flowers from a doting husband. And yet, they are so easily squandered. Oh that we would grow to appreciate the vast potential waiting to be realized every time the sun rises on our “moment” in history. I have a hunch it would change our lives for the better.

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Psalm 89: Bad

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

Bad days, bad deals, bad news, bad breaks … bad things happen to all kinds of people (not just “bad” ones) all around the world. Assurance is truly nowhere to be found among the circumstances of everyday life. They’re just too sketchy! Good fortune can go south in a heartbeat; no warning, no mercy, just a handful of awful cards dealt that must be played.

We live in a world of uncertainty, plagued by endless waves of incidences we cannot control. A broken world will break your heart without the least bit of remorse. Whether it is the chaos of nature, or the chaotic nature of sin-sick people, great pain can be inflicted without rhyme or reason.

To what or whom can we turn?

There is a story, as old as time itself, of One who spoke everything into existence. And even when His image-bearers turned to go their own way, He unveiled a plan made in eternity past for ultimately overcoming all that is evil with all that is good.

He is relentlessly fulfilling that plan, and cannot be thwarted. He isn’t the least bit threatened by what we know as unforeseen; He’s seen it all. He is, if nothing else, and certainly nothing less than faithful … faithful to Himself, faithful to His promises and faithful to His people; despite what circumstances may suggest.

While it is tempting to chase after fleeting moments of relief, or to lose heart in a sea of despair, where better to remain than in the refuge of God’s steadfast love. “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of [His] throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before [Him].” (Psalm 89:14, ESV)

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Psalm 88: Afflicted, But Not Crushed

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Blog | 1 comment

There is a place I fear finding.

It has no zip code, no GPS coordinates. You can’t pin it on your mobile app map. You don’t walk, swim, ride or fly there; arrival is more of a “landing.” And it hurts. I bet you’ve been there.

This place I’m speaking of reeks of loss and loneliness.

Painful circumstances well beyond our control strip even the strongest among us of our self-reliance. The God of our salvation seems to be on some kind of vacation while we lament. We may very well wonder if our cries for deliverance fall on deaf ears; yet we still cry out.

Ironically, it is in the dark regions of affliction where stubborn, dependent faith shines most brightly. Honest anguish aimed heavenward isn’t faith abandoned. Rather, it is unadulterated belief fixed upon the only One who can and will ultimately lift us out of our misery.

I grieve sojourns in the land of suffering; but thankfully walk there as one who is not without hope.

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.” (2 Corinthians 4:7–10, ESV)

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Psalm 85: Time Out

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Ever wonder what that dejected toddler in the corner is actually thinking about? The scowl and tears betray feelings of injustice. “Time out” is a heartbreaking place to be … no talking, no playing, no roaming … only thinking.

But it can be a place of mending.

Isn’t that what time outs are all about? They are the consequences for disobedience, for sure, but they aren’t purely punitive; or at least they don’t have to be. A time out can be a precious opportunity for reflection, repentance and renewal. Time – constructively invested – has a curious way of reforming an attitude that is deformed.

When I find myself in the corner, I’ve got life-changing, life-giving truths to ponder.

God has a long track record of restoration. It is only His goodness that yields any good in me, so where better to go than to his throne of grace. Peace with God is as good as His unfaltering word; I need only ask for it. At the end of the day, His scandalous, steadfast love is far more stubborn than my wandering heart.

Alright. Time’s up. How about let’s give it another try!

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