Fearing and Hoping in God

In Psalm 147:11, we read, “But the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.”  We are called to both fear God and hope in him.  John Piper points out in his book The Pleasures of God that, usually, for us in life it is either one or the other.  If you fear someone, you hope in someone else to save you.  It’s not that way with God. God’s wrath is awful.  He could punish us at any minute and could extinguish us from all existence for all eternity.  As the author … Continue reading Fearing and Hoping in God

Psalm 119:116

Uphold me according to your promise, that I may live, and let me not be put to shame in my hope! We cry to God because he hears us. God does not save us because we call out to him.  Instead, we call out to him because we his word promises to us he is faithful.  God does not suddenly become faithful when we encounter trials and distresses.  He does not suddenly turn a good ear to us when life is hard.  God has been eternally faithful to himself and his people.  He has always been, and always will be, … Continue reading Psalm 119:116

I’m Leaving on a Jetplane

I’ll be on my way to Denver at 5 am tomorrow.  Thursday morning, I’ll be on a 7:30 am flight to New York, followed by a 5 pm flight from New York to Johannesburg, South Africa.  I should be in Pretoria by 7 pm local tim on Friday, July 4.  Being in a foreign country on our nation’s holidy will be interesting.  It’ll be nice to miss the fireworks and drinking, though. I will have scarce access to internet (as far as I know), while in Pretoria, so that’ll make blogging difficult.  I hope to post updates once a week.  … Continue reading I’m Leaving on a Jetplane

Preaching the Gospel to Yourself

In Psalm 42-43, we see the author perplexed, distraught, and feeling abandoned.  He is wandering through the desert of affliction and he is dying of spiritual thirst.   In verses 1-2 he writes, “As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.  My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.  When shall I come and appear before God?”  God seems far away and all the psalmist can do is smack his dry lips, hold out his parched tongue, and hope that God will come soon with a gracious, divine drop of spiritual dew. In … Continue reading Preaching the Gospel to Yourself

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.  Psalm 69 is about cursing our enemies and what that actually means. On Sunday night, driving back to Lincoln, there was a sweet application of the sermon.  One of my friends with me told me that his roommates hated me.  “They say all you do … Continue reading Pour Out Your Indignation Upon Them

The Lord has Done Great Things

I was meditating this morning on Psalm 126.  I couldn’t help but simply rejoice in our great God at what the psalmist penned.  The LORD has done great things for us; we are glad.  Restore our fortunes, O LORD, like streams in the Negeb.  Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!  He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him (vv. 3-6). God truly has done great things for us — the greatest of all being that he has redeemed us and given us … Continue reading The Lord has Done Great Things