April 29, 2019
Where do you turn when you are "in the depths"...when the darkness is overwhelming?
Psalm 130 gives dignity to our suffering. The Psalmist does not belittle our "weakness". We are reminded that even though suffering is real, God is real(er).
The 10th Psalm of our "Songs of Ascent" gives us a great example of where our hope lies. When we find ourselves in the depths/darkness, facing our guilt, our lack, where do we turn? When we turn and cry out to God, He hears and He comes. He does not come with judgement, He comes with forgiveness and redemption, His grace and His mercy!
April 22, 2019
It's Easter Sunday & it may seem strange to be in the Psalms on Easter Sunday...Listen in & realize we are in exactly the place we need to be for this Easter!
Psalm 129 reminds us that hard times/suffering does NOT deny the presence of God or provide reason for doubt (in God or in our faith).
For the 10th Psalm of our "Songs of Ascent" it is important to know that we need to express our deep emotions in healthy ways. It doesn't matter whether those emotions are joyful, despairing, angry, etc...our loving, grace-filled Father wants us to be authentic with Him & release those emotions to Him. We are also called to share the burden of each other's suffering. We are not meant to live this life alone. That means we are not to keep our blessings to ourselves, nor are we to keep our suffering to ourselves. We are meant to share the blessings and the burdens.
April 14, 2019
What do you think about God? What is your attitude toward Him?
Psalm 128 challenges our ATTITUDE toward God and our BEHAVIOR that results in response...
For the 9th Psalm of our "Songs of Ascent" it is important that we unlearn and rethink our definition and perspective on 3 key words: Blessing, Fear, and Prosperity. In A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, Eugene Peterson writes, "We must develop better and deeper concepts of happiness than those held by the world." To "happiness", I would add blessing and prosperity. As we unlearn and rethink we gain God's perspective and find the true meaning of success, happiness, blessing, and prosperity.
April 7, 2019
Ever felt unfulfilled in your work? Or like you were just on a hamster wheel...running hard, but going nowhere?
Psalm 127 shows us a right way and a wrong way to approach our work.
After our little detour last week, we are back to our 8th Psalm in our Songs of Ascent. In this Psalm, Solomon jumps right into the tension of how much is too much when it comes to our work and our effort and God's intervention. Solomon provides us some warnings and instructions, then shares the ultimate example of what results when we align our work and effort with what God is up to in, around, and through us.