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Psalms of My Life (Psalm 41)

Psalm 41
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1 Blessed are those who have regard for the weak;
the Lord delivers them in times of trouble.
2 The Lord protects and preserves them—
they are counted among the blessed in the land—
he does not give them over to the desire of their foes.
3 The Lord sustains them on their sickbed
and restores them from their bed of illness.

4 I said, “Have mercy on me, Lord;
heal me, for I have sinned against you.”
5 My enemies say of me in malice,
“When will he die and his name perish?”
6 When one of them comes to see me,
he speaks falsely, while his heart gathers slander;
then he goes out and spreads it around.

7 All my enemies whisper together against me;
they imagine the worst for me, saying,
8 “A vile disease has afflicted him;
he will never get up from the place where he lies.”
9 Even my close friend,
someone I trusted,
one who shared my bread,
has turned[b] against me.

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raise me up, that I may repay them.
11 I know that you are pleased with me,
for my enemy does not triumph over me.
12 Because of my integrity you uphold me
and set me in your presence forever.

13 Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
Amen and Amen.

 

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2015 in the book of Psalms

 

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Reading for Profit!

Some of you may know that my wife Linda and I sell books on Amazon. We were at a book sale yesterday and I bought the following book for $2.

When I opened it up, there was a brand new twenty dollar bill with a sticky note that said, “Thanks for the pizza.  Love.  Mom.”  And they say reading books isn’t profitable!

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Posted by on March 30, 2015 in surprises

 

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Psalms of My Life (Psalm 40)

Psalm 40
For the director of music. Of David. Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 6.49.24 AMA psalm.

1 I waited patiently for the Lord;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
3 He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
and put their trust in him.

4 Blessed is the one
who trusts in the Lord,
who does not look to the proud,
to those who turn aside to false gods.[b]
5 Many, Lord my God,
are the wonders you have done,
the things you planned for us.
None can compare with you;
were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
they would be too many to declare.

6 Sacrifice and offering you did not desire—
but my ears you have opened[c]—
burnt offerings and sin offerings[d] you did not require.
7 Then I said, “Here I am, I have Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 6.52.09 AMcome—
it is written about me in the scroll.[e]
8 I desire to do your will, my God;
your law is within my heart.”

9 I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly;
I do not seal my lips, Lord,
as you know.
10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help.
I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness
from the great assembly.

11 Do not withhold your mercy from me, Lord;
may your love and faithfulness always protect me.
12 For troubles without number surround me;
my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.
They are more than the hairs of my head,
and my heart fails within me.
13 Be pleased to save me, Lord;
come quickly, Lord, to help me.

14 May all who want to take my life
be put to shame and confusion;
may all who desire my ruin
be turned back in disgrace.
15 May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!”
be appalled at their own shame.
16 But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who long for your saving help always say,
“The Lord is great!”

17 But as for me, I am poor and needy;
may the Lord think of me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
you are my God, do not delay.

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2015 in the book of Psalms

 

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Time for a Great Quote! (Piper on good deeds)

“Christ did not die to make good works merely possible or to produce a Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 8.23.40 AMhalf-hearted pursuit. He died to produce in us a passion for good deeds. Christian purity is not the mere avoidance of evil, but the pursuit of good.”
John Piper, The Passion of Jesus Christ

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Psalms of My Life (Psalm 39)

Psalm 39
For the director of music. For Jeduthun. Screen Shot 2015-01-27 at 9.37.23 AMA psalm of David.

1 I said, “I will watch my ways
and keep my tongue from sin;
I will put a muzzle on my mouth
while in the presence of the wicked.”
2 So I remained utterly silent,
not even saying anything good.
But my anguish increased;
3 my heart grew hot within me.
While I meditated, the fire burned;
then I spoke with my tongue:

4 “Show me, Lord, my life’s end
and the number of my days;
let me know how fleeting my life is.
5 You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
the span of my years is as nothing before you.
Everyone is but a breath,
even those who seem secure.[b]

6 “Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom;
in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth
without knowing whose it will finally be.

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My hope is in you.
8 Save me from all my transgressions;
do not make me the scorn of fools.
9 I was silent; I would not open my mouth,
for you are the one who has done this.
10 Remove your scourge from me;
I am overcome by the blow of your hand.
11 When you rebuke and discipline anyone for their sin,
you consume their wealth like a moth—
surely everyone is but a breath.

12 “Hear my prayer, Lord,
listen to my cry for help;
do not be deaf to my weeping.
I dwell with you as a foreigner,
a stranger, as all my ancestors were.
13 Look away from me, that I may enjoy life again
before I depart and am no more.”

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2015 in the book of Psalms

 

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Time for a Great Cartoon! (only human)

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I love the theology of Calvin . . . and Hobbes! Watterson deals with some of the most critical issues facing us in life — through his cartoon characters.  As a recluse, Watterson retired in 1995 and has avoided interviews.  I wonder where he got the theological ideas for his strip.

Years ago I fantasized about being given permission to go over all the complete Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 6.59.05 AMcollection of Calvin & Hobbes’ cartoons to organize them in theological categories. That’s not going to happen, of course.

But this blog allows me to publish his best cartoons — and to comment theologically on them.  The cartoon in this post certainly highlights ANTHROPOLOGY.  Being human does not mean being mean and greedy and evil.  Being a fallen human does involve sinful behaviors and thoughts.

Blaise Pascal emphasized both truths about man in his theology:  man’s glory (made in the image of God and highly esteemed by Him — Ps. 8) and man’s fallenness (man has become the scum of the universe, Pascal says).  Thankfully, redemption is available for all who come to Christ.  I don’t think Watterson has understood that fact.

 

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2015 in being human

 

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Psalms of My Life (Psalm 38)

Psalm 38Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 5.58.19 AM
A psalm of David. A petition.

1 Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger
or discipline me in your wrath.
2 Your arrows have pierced me,
and your hand has come down on me.
3 Because of your wrath there is no health in my body;
there is no soundness in my bones because of my sin.
4 My guilt has overwhelmed me
like a burden too heavy to bear.

5 My wounds fester and are loathsome
because of my sinful folly.
6 I am bowed down and brought very low;
all day long I go about mourning.
7 My back is filled with searing pain;
there is no health in my body.
8 I am feeble and utterly crushed;
I groan in anguish of heart.

9 All my longings lie open before you, Lord;
my sighing is not hidden from you.
10 My heart pounds, my strength fails me;
even the light has gone from my eyes.
11 My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds;
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12 Those who want to kill me set their traps,
those who would harm me talk of my ruin;
all day long they scheme and lie.

13 I am like the deaf, who cannot hear,
like the mute, who cannot speak;
14 I have become like one who does not hear,
whose mouth can offer no reply.
15 Lord, I wait for you;
you will answer, Lord my God.
16 For I said, “Do not let them gloat
or exalt themselves over me when my feet slip.”

17 For I am about to fall,
and my pain is ever with me.
18 I confess my iniquity;
I am troubled by my sin.
19 Many have become my enemies without cause[b];
those who hate me without reason are numerous.
20 Those who repay my good with evil
lodge accusations against me,
though I seek only to do what is good.

21 Lord, do not forsake me;
do not be far from me, my God.
22 Come quickly to help me,
my Lord and my Savior.

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2015 in the book of Psalms

 

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