01 Psalm 104_1-9
02 Psalm 104_10-15, 19-23
03 Psalm 104_24-31
When I am spiritually thirsty–not just from one day of dryness, but from a period of chronic dryness–I literally feel in my body the sensations of thirst. Tightness in my throat and stomach. Irritation. Lack of ability to concentrate. Constant fatigue. For me, spiritual thirst feels almost exactly like physical thirst.
Whether you’re as psychosomatic as me or not, I’m sure you’ve said at one time or another in your life, “I feel spiritually dry.” If you haven’t felt that way before, you probably will at some point. Symptoms of spiritual thirst may include the following: Read More…
Over the years, my satisfaction with the word of God has moved me to write songs to various passages. To date I have over nine hours of Bible passages set to music–over 100 full or partial chapters of the Bible (see my growing list here). If that sounds like I’m boasting in the broadness of my phylactery (Matthew 23:5), I assure you I am not. When I look at the number of passages I have sung versus the number of passages I have yet to write music for, I’m ashamed at how much of the Bible I do not know with my whole heart, the way I know these ones. It’s a mere sliver.
And yet, I am not discouraged. Each passage that I sing is bound to my forehead, as it were, right where God wants it, ever before me, rattling in front of my eyes where I can’t forget about it. Haven’t you ever Read More…
We humans need every reminder we can get that the Bible contains the very words of God, spoken from the same mouth which created us and which continually sustains our lives. In the Bible song I’m sharing this month (Deuteronomy 6:4-12) God essentially tells his people to do whatever they need to do to remember his word. Tie it around your wrist. Strap it to your head. Graffiti it on your front door if that’s what you have to do. Which is why this devout Israeli soldier looks like this:
I’m not telling you to dress like this guy, or to confine yourself to a study all day and copy the Bible in calligraphy. The gospel, we are told, has accomplished much more than any phylactery (also called tefillah.) “I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts,” God promised in the days of Jeremiah. And that is just what he has done by the presence of his Spirit in us, continually speaking the word of God–his word–to our hearts (Hebrews 10:15-25). Read More…
Branches have secrets. They are capable of a kind of faithfulness that is truly remarkable–a faithfulness God desires and requires of his people. Branches–woody, tasteless, and hard–are capable of squeezing out sweet, juicy, yummy fruit, but the secrets by which they do this may surprise you.
One of the biggest detours Christians take when they read John 15 happens when they mistakenly fixate on Read More…