The Two Kinds of People in the World: Psalm 32

One of the challenges of reading, praying, and singing the psalms is the fact that they often divide the world in half. The Psalms constantly draw lines in the sand: good guys and bad guys, righteous and unrighteous. This is challenging and troubling because we know that the world is actually a really messy place….

Word of Life

John says that he and the other apostles heard the Word, saw the Word, touched the Word of life that was manifested by the Father, and that’s what he’s shared with everyone. And this is so that everyone may have fellowship with them and that all together they might have fellowship with the Father and…

Can’t Get Enough

When we gather for worship, there are at least two basic objectives. First, we gather to praise our God together. He made this world. He invented sunshine and rivers and ice cream, and He has given us life and joy and families and friends. And though we would throw these gifts away, and sin would…

Fraser & Bobbi

As we’ve just heard, in the NT Lesson from John’s Revelation, the founding of the holy city, the New Jerusalem, is like a wedding. I want to suggest to you today that the converse as actually also true: a wedding is the founding of a city. And every time a Christian woman is given to…

Parables & Dark Sayings

Psalm 78 calls Israel to hear a “parable” (mashal) and a “dark saying” (cheedah) (cf. Ps. 49). Proverbs opens introducing wisdom that will give the simple tools to understand the “parable” and the “dark saying.” So what are “parables” and “dark sayings” anyway? Though not exhaustive definitions, the first uses of these words in the…

Not Complicated At All

Sometimes we sin by over-engineering love. Parents over-analyze the thoughts and intents of their children. Children over-analyze the motives and tone of voice of their parents. We judge one another, loading syllables with meaning, inferring, assuming, trying to peer into the depths of peoples’ hearts. But you know what? You’re not God. You’re not God….

One Big Porn Shop

“Ye adulterers and adultressess know ye not that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Do ye think the scripture says in vain: The Spirit that dwells in us yearns jealously?” (Js. 4:4-5) John says something similar: “Do not love…

Another Cup of Mercy

The Psalmist says that workers of deceit will not dwell in His house. Psalm 101 is fulfilled in Jesus, and so He sings these words to His Father as He reigns now in glory, putting all of His enemies beneath His feet. So how shall we stand in His presence? How can we sit here…

Learning to Hate

“I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.” (Ps. 101:3) When Jesus wrote the church in Ephesus, He said, “I know your works, your labor, your patience, that you cannot bear those who are evil…” He goes on to…

Praying into the Goodness

Hymns of praise are not very frequent at the beginning of the book [of Psalms], but as you read on, you will find more and more of them. It is as though the more you pray, the more you will realize God’s goodness. -Gordan Wenham, The Psalter Reclaimed, 43.