Jesus in his perfect life, substitutionary death, and glorious resurrection is God as refuge extended to humanity. When we repent and turn to him we are welcomed to experience God as refuge.
We as human beings foundationally orient ourselves to things we perceive are unchanging. But the only things that truly never change are the things rooted in the nature and character of God. In the Gospel of Jesus Christ God welcomes lost afflicted hopeless slaves of sin to cry out to him in repentance and promises that he will respond on the basis of his unchanging love. In Psalm 107 we see God in love deliver his people. We see God in love providentially determine all our days. and we see that it is that same unchanging love of God that moves us to live lives that reflect that divine love for our neighbors.
Brothers don’t dwell in unity. They let personal feelings, preferences, and bitterness get in the way of moving forward together on mission. This psalm shows us God’s perspective on unity. We see how valuable it is and why it matters to him. If unity among God’s people is so important to him, shouldn’t it be very important to us, as well?
The enemies of God tremble and flee from us when we worship our God.
Psalm 131 should push us into greater trust in God when he operates above our plane.
Do not think you are so low that God could not save you. However low you are, Jesus was made lower, bearing an unimaginable weight of sin with him to the cross.
This psalm should give us great joy and a clearly-defined plan for moving forward in the new year (and in life).
Because the word of God is eternal and life-giving, we must depend on it daily. God’s Word is essential for all of life.
Why do we envy the wicked? It is too common to find ourselves, as Christians, wishing our lives were more like those around us; even those who reject God. Psalm 73 reminds us that we have a more glorious inheritance than we could ever fathom, and there is no room or need for us to envy God’s enemies.
Where do you look when your soul is downcast?
Details Passage: Psalm 2 The Reign of the Lord's Anointed 1 Why do the nations rage[a]and the peoples plot in vain?2The kings of the earth set themselves,and the rulers take counsel together,against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,3“Let us burst their bonds...
In this difficult time, what do we do when we find ourselves in the depths of sin? When we are overwhelmed with guilt and shame? The psalmist reminds us that we can look to God who is rich in mercy and forgiveness. And on this side of the cross, we look to Christ who has redeemed us from all of our sins.
We are living in a unique and difficult time right now! As we adjust to a life of self-distancing, how can we maintain healthy, Christian practices? Should we even try? will show us that we must look to God, our Rock, in any and all circumstances.
Psalm 110 gives us great confidence in our mission because it gives us great confidence in our God.
We don’t naturally desire to confess our sins. Who wants to put the dark parts of themselves on full display, especially before God? David shows us that those who confess their sins find reward and peace with God. In short, we were made to confess!