I am not very old. But with each passing week (more accurately, with each passing failure) I am reminded more and more of how I need the gospel. The gospel is my only hope. Without the gospel, I would be damned. This morning I read Psalm 91, and I focused on verses 1-2. The Psalmist writes, “He who dwells in the shelter of the most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’” When I read words like “dwells” and “abide” my … Continue reading Dwelling With God through the Gospel
The fact that God will judge the world should cause his people to rejoice. Why? God’s judgment proves that he is a God who cares about justice, righteousness, and holiness. Psalm 98:4, 8-9 reminds of of this: Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises. …Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity. Going beyond this precious fact, what truly grips my heart and causes it to rejoice … Continue reading Why should judgment cause rejoicing?
Jesus isn’t just the greater Moses. He is also the greater David. In Psalm 78, the psalmist is reflecting on Israel’s rebellion against God after they were saved from slavery in Egypt. God was so gracious to his people despite their unfaithfulness. “Yet,” the psalmist wrote, “they sinned still more against him” (vv. 17, 40, 56). Later in the Psalm, the writer tells us that he chose a shepherd from the tribe of Judah to lead his people back to God. This shepherd is David. The psalmist tells us: He chose David his servant and took him from the sheepfolds; … Continue reading Jesus: The Greater David
Part 5 of a 7 part series. View series intro and index. When Jesus hung on the cross, he had enough breath to speak even though his skin was ripped from his bones and his face was so disfigured that we wouldn’t have been able to tell who he was. He had enough breath to speak despite the weight of his body hanging by two railroad spikes nailed into the most sensitive nerve centers in his body. At the very end of his crucifixion, around 3 pm, he cried out, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” That means, “My God, my God, why have … Continue reading Jesus Dies on the Cross
In 2 Chronicles 32:31, we come across an interesting verse that seems to tell us that God has to test King Hezekiah’s heart to find out what is really there. The background is that Hezekiah was sick, near to death. He was restored to health, then became proud in his heart, was threatened with wrath, then repented. God withheld his wrath from Judah after Hezekiah’s repentance. However, Hezekiah then accumulated great riches and honor and became very proud with his achievements. An envoy from Babylon paid Hezekiah a visit. He foolishly showed them all his riches and cities. He … Continue reading God Really Does Know Your Heart
Here are some things I’m thankful for that don’t usually find a place in your average Sunday praise song: A quiet, dark morning with an open Bible A turned-off television Coffee cake Toilet paper Cars Enemies who hate me International vaccinations Notebook computers Sunshine reflecting off the frost Headphones Socks A God who loves himself and is committed to fulfilling his purpose in me You probably read the last one and said, “We sing about that!” Really? Do you really sing about God loving himself? If God is committed to me, that’s fine and dandy, but if he fails to … Continue reading I’m Thankful for Toilet Paper, Coffee Cake, and God’s Love for Himself