Lord, when I am held captive by the enemies of my soul and I am on the brink of falling victim to discouragement and despair - because You have not yet fulfilled Your promise of deliverance and salvation from and victory over those enemies … … my heart will remain steadfast. I
Meditating this morning on Psalm 106:47 and Psalm 107:1-9. Psalm 106:47 Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise. Psalm 107:1-3 Oh give thanks to the Lord,
Discontent - the desire for more than I’ve been given. Regret - the conviction that my life didn’t turn out the way I planned. I know better than you what I need. I am able to guide my life better than you. So begins an independent spirit, Lord.
Lord, when we did not keep your covenant and refused to walk according to your law … When we forgot your works and the wonders you had shown us … When we tested you in our hearts, demanding ever more … When we did not believe in you nor trust your saving power,
Lord, in the wilderness season, help me remember. When you performed your signs in Egypt and redeemed your people from the clutches of their foes, the nations heard about your wonders and trembled. The inhabitants of Philistia were seized by pangs. The chiefs of Edom were dismayed. The Canaanites melted
Lord, the marvelous blessings you’ve rained down upon my life … … the freedom you’ve poured out upon my soul … … the guidance and protection you’ve given me in seasons of both joy and sorrow … … how can I begin to thank you for all the wonders you have done for
Lord, when you rain down blessings on me and provide for my needs, do I mistake your material blessings for approval? Am I simply craving what satisfies me, what fulfills me, what I think gives my life meaning and purpose and yet forsaking the path of true abundance? Do I
What do I crave that I think you should provide for me? Do I covet an easy life? Do I long for success and recognition? Do I thirst after freedom and independence? Do I desire stability and security? Lord, vanquish discontent in my heart. Strike down the temptation within me
Lord, when I forget your works and the wonders that you have shown me in the past … When I don’t keep your covenant and refuse to walk according to your ways … then I shrink on the day of battle. I retreat when I am faced with temptation. I run
Lord, help me to live in accordance with your overarching purpose for my life - to learn your ways and teach them to the next generation, to tell the next generation about your power and about the glorious deeds and wonders that you have done on our behalf. Grant me
Lord, your people encountered an impassable barrier as they approached the Red Sea. The waters before them, Egyptian armies closing in on them from behind. They were cornered, with no way out. But then the waters saw you … OH, THE WATERS SAW YOU … and without any word from you, they
Lord, in the midst of anxiety and racing thoughts, the quietness you grant me in the “Selah” moment gives me the pause I need to decide to focus on you and on your past deliverances rather than on myself and my fears. In the midst of terror and anxiety, I
I can’t sleep. My thoughts are racing too quickly to be corralled. My emotions are sweeping over my soul too rapidly to be controlled. Before I can rationally think about the best course forward, a new worry introduces itself. The day of my calamity has arrived, and the onslaught
Lord, you reign supreme over all the universe. You are feared by the most powerful kings of the earth who kneel before you and bring you gifts of tribute. None can stand before the victorious warrior who breaks the arrows, the shields, the swords, and the weapons of war brought
Lord, no matter how strong and stouthearted the enemies of my soul may seem when I encounter them, you are stronger. You are glorious and majestic, more powerful than the forces which are arrayed against me. Their weapons and the schemes they use against me are useless since you make
When the world around me becomes unstable and begins to totter, when the enemies of my soul (those ideas and influences and thoughts which seek to distract me from following you) commence their daily attack with a goal of persuading me to rise up in independence and arrogance against you,
Lord, let me not turn back in shame (verse 21) because the sanctuary of our family is in ruins (verse 3). Instead, let me praise your name (verse 21), despite not fully understanding your purposes for this season of our lives ("Why?" - verse 11) and despite not knowing how
A meditation on how God is orchestrating my life through a variety of circumstances.
In Luke 15:11-32, Jesus tells a story about a father who does some very strange things.
A helpful, thoroughly biblical introduction to the subject of personal identity, appropriate for any believer seeking to understand their own identity in Christ.
How did my attitudes about poverty, immigration, healthcare etc. begin to change? What were the sparks which led to a different mindset?
How can the gospel and the authentic Christian community which results from it provide a certain measure of healing to trauma victims?
Is there a dream in your life that has come to a premature end? What event is there that you can witness with your own eyes that will provide closure for your soul?
Many years ago, this small paragraph in a fiction book Pursuit and Persuasion by Sally S. Wright struck me as a good reminder of the ineffectiveness of worry.