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 | 0 comments

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 87: Hometown

Posted by on Nov 6, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

New-JerusalemGreat cities dot our planet; testimonies to the ingenuity of their founders, architects, engineers and artisans. Oh, how hearts swell with pride when gazing upon mountains of bricks, mortar, steel and glass … crafted by human hands.

What of the city God calls home? He could have settled anywhere, but He chose the hill country of Palestine, a place He affectionately refers to as Zion.

Residency there isn’t about what you own, but rather Who you know. Birth certificates are issued only to those who have been born again (John 3:1-21).

One day, all of humanity – the living and dead – will marvel at this wonder of the world. Some will see it from outside its walls and despair. Others will celebrate from within, having been adopted into the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God (Hebrews 11:10, ESV).

So, where are you from?

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