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…
Psalm 113 (ESV)
The point of Psalm 113 is clear: God loves the poor and needy, and he has the power and the love to help them. But in order to really find the gospel in this Psalm we need to dig a bit into what it means to be “poor,” biblically. Most of us don’t think of ourselves as poor. We ate breakfast this morning. We’re wearing decent shoes. The car is full of gas. So we make the mistake of thinking we have no right to come to God empty-handed. We don’t want to be whiners. Yet self-sufficiency is a deadly lie.
How can we hope to be among the blessed ones (Matthew 5:3-12) when we are so very prosperous? “With God all things are possible,” Jesus said (Matthew 19:23-26). God can and graciously does bring us to our knees in a variety of ways so that we will cry out to him and be blessed. There are many kinds of poor… Read More…
Psalm 113 (ESV)
One of the things we love most about babies is how profoundly needy they are. Think about the reactions people have when they see a new baby. Some people are overwhelmed with a kind of admiring pity: “sweet little thing.” Others marvel at the tiny fingers and toes or the oh-so-soft featheriness of the baby’s cheeks. There are even people who find the fragility of a new baby so overwhelming that they hesitate to get too close. A baby’s neediness is a powerful thing that evokes powerful emotions in us. And nothing is more precious to a new mother than the fact that her baby needs her.
Why is it, then, that in spite of our hard-wiring to love small, needy, helpless things, we resist the fact that God sees us this way?