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.

Jesus Stands Between

“Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted me with all thy waves…” (Ps. 88:7) This Psalm describes the sorrows and pain of a man who has been crushed with terrors and hardship and sorrow. The Psalmist knows that this situation is from the Lord just as Job knew that ultimately the Lord…

God is Not a Perfectionist

God is perfect, but He is not a perfectionist. God always does what is it right, but the incarnation and death of Jesus is proof that God is not above working with broken material. Jesus is the Great Carpenter who is building a house out of warped wood: you and me. God comes down and…

With Christ in the Dark: Ps. 88

Sixth Sunday in Trinity Season: Psalm 88, 1 Pet. 4:12-19, Mk. 15:25-39 Introduction The Hebrew title of the book of Psalms means “praises,” but it may come as a surprise that that the most common kind of psalm is a lament. These are psalms that describe enemies or threats and cry out to God for…

Death is Served

“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” (Heb. 2:9) This meal is a feast, a joyful celebration of victory, but we should not forget what it…

A Sign & Wonder of Grace

“Behold I and the children which God hath given me.” (Heb. 2:13) The writer of Hebrews is quoting Isaiah 8 as a proof text to show that God always planned to become one of us. Isaiah 7-8 are all about Immanuel which means God-with-us, but wound through the prophecies of coming Immanuel, are the enacted…