The Gift of Enemies

The first prayer-proper in the Psalms (Ps. 3) is a not a praise or thanksgiving. It’s a cry for help, “O Lord, how many are my foes!” In the Psalms–the prayer book of God’s people–enemies are everywhere. Out of 150 chapters, there are only 7 confession or penitential psalms. There are upwards of 68 psalms…

What Kind of Peace on Earth?

Full disclosure: I love Christmas songs.  I especially love Christmas hymns.  One of my favorites is “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” by Henry Longfellow.  The first verse goes like this: I heard the bells on Christmas day Their old familiar carols play, And wild and sweet the words repeat Of peace on earth,…

Pour Out Your Indignation Upon Them

I was in the Twin Cities area this weekend and on Saturday I had the privilege of visiting Bethlehem Baptist in downtown Minneapolis to hear John Piper preach.  He’s preaching through a series of Psalms right now and this past week he spoke on chapter 69.  You can read or listen to the sermon here. …