Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Birthplace of the Praise of God

"He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God."
- Psalm 40:3a (ESV)

This song of praise to God,
was given by God.
(Let that sink in.)

The praise of God, in this verse,
is seen to be the purpose of God. 

Delight in God always originates from God.

The praise of God flows out from God,
and back to Him. It is His purpose in salvation:
"For my name's sake I defer my anger;
for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you,
that I may not cut you off."
- Isaiah 48:9 

This joy shall be the eternal atmosphere of Heaven:
"That they may be with me, to see my glory"
- John 17:24

"This is eternal life, that they know you,
the only true God, and Jesus Christ
whom you have sent."
- John 17:3

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Wickedness, Justice, & the Wrath of God

The Edomite

Betrayer shall be betrayed
The violent will meet the wrath of the Lord

Deceiver undone by Truth Incarnate
The schemer shall encounter the Sovereign One

Lover of evil behold Justice
As you have torn down, so shall He you

You have wrought finite wickedness 

"But God will break you down forever;
He will snatch and tear you from your tent;
He will uproot you from the land of the living."
- Ps. 52:5 (ESV)




A meditation upon the three
references to Doeg the Edomite
(1 Sam. 21-22, Psalm 52)

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Deadliest of Ideas

One of the deadliest thoughts,
is also extraordinarily common;
"I know everything that I need to."

     Whether conscious or subconscious, we live in the midst of this well established lie.  We breathe in the air of this idea so often that we cannot comprehend the desperation of our situation; we walk every day, blind to the depth of our own ignorance.

     The antidote may be found in the humble confession of and repentance for our foolishness, and in the beginning of a new journey onto a new path; purposeful lifelong learning.  Relentless are the portions of Scripture which teach about wisdom, and the pursuit thereof.

     Eternity may in fact be forever learning about and increasing in knowledge of the Almighty, that we might evermore experience new reasons to praise him.

The beginning of wisdom of this: Get wisdom,
and whatever you get, get insight.
- Proverbs 4:7

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
- Proverbs 9:10

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Priorities

The first, great, and primary business
to which I ought to attend every day was,
to have my soul happy in the Lord.

- George Mueller

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Enduring Purpose of Proper Fear

I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; 

nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. 

God  has done it,  so that  people fear before him.

- Ecclesiastes 3:14

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Weighty Wisdom

"Probably all the failures of my life 
can be laid at the feet
 of my failure to be happy in God."

- Dr. John Piper

Sunday, April 2, 2017

The Chief End of the Gospel

For Christ also suffered once for sins, 
the righteous for the unrighteous,
that he might bring us to God

1 Peter 3:18a (ESV)

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Pain, Perspective, and Pulitzers

If you have ever thought we live in troubled times, 
this book may provide some much needed perspective.


1776 is an exemplary book, written by a two time Pulitzer Prize winner.

     On September 30th, 1776, George Washington, General of the Continental Army faced a mountain range of distressing situations, while carrying the weight of the would be Nation upon his shoulders.  He confided in a letter to his brother, Lund:  

     "Such is my situation that if I were to wish the bitterest curse to an enemy this side of the grave, I should put him in my stead with my feelings."  The General wrote that he was "wearied to death" and "In confidence I tell you that I never was in such an unhappy, divided state since I was born." 
- McCullough, p. 227

     Washington's words were strikingly similar to the Apostle Paul's in 2 Cor. 1:8-9:
For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia.  For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself.  Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death.  

Yet the Apostle brings a deep theology of hope to the issue of despairing afflictions:
But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.


Great people have trodden 
upon paths of deep darkness.
You are not alone in facing dreadful 
heartache and the most bitter of circumstances.
Rather, you have joined the ranks of the
myriads who have traveled such broken roads.
The pages of history are full
of the accounts of these travelers.
  
One day such agonies shall be no more.
Until then:
  
When your strength is gone, 
there is more to be found
outside  of  yourself;
in Him who is not 
ever wearied. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Uncharted

The Captain 
forever untroubled 
in stormy waters.

The seafaring crew terror-stricken;
no longer fearful of the breakers or tempests,
yet rather at the uncharted nature of the Captain.

Who is this?  
Even the winds 
and the waves
    obey His voice... 


A meditation upon
Mark 4:41