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Psalms of My Life (Psalm 90)

Psalm 90

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Lord, you have been our dwelling place
    throughout all generations.
Before the mountains were born
    or you brought forth the whole world,
    from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

You turn people back to dust,
    saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.”
A thousand years in your sight
    are like a day that has just gone by,
    or like a watch in the night.
Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death—
    they are like the new grass of the morning:
In the morning it springs up new,
    but by evening it is dry and withered.

We are consumed by your anger
    and terrified by your indignation.
You have set our iniquities before you,
    our secret sins in the light of your presence.
All our days pass away under your wrath;
    we finish our years with a moan.
10 Our days may come to seventy years,

Isn't it amazing how much Moses looks like Charlton Heston?

Isn’t it amazing how much Moses looks like Charlton Heston?

    or eighty, if our strength endures;
yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow,
    for they quickly pass, and we fly away.
11 If only we knew the power of your anger!
    Your wrath is as great as the fear that is your due.
12 Teach us to number our days,
    that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

13 Relent, Lord! How long will it be?
    Have compassion on your servants.
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
    that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
    for as many years as we have seen trouble.
16 May your deeds be shown to your servants,
    your splendor to their children.

17 May the favor[a] of the Lord our God rest on us;
    establish the work of our hands for us—
    yes, establish the work of our hands.

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2015 in the book of Psalms

 

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Absorbing any woes? (Part 4)

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The Bible teaches that we are to “bear one another’s burdens.”  We want to continue to examine that passage in Galatians over the next few posts:

KeynoteScreenSnapz055I have suggested a four–part outline for this passage.
I.  The Occasion for Caring (v. 1)
II.  The Expression of Caring (v. 1)
III.  The Danger in Caring (v. 1)
IV.  The Characteristics of Caring (vv. 2-10)

We’ve looked at I.  The Occasion for Caring (v. 1) by noticing that the ones who are doing the caring are “brothers and sisters” and “you who live by the Spirit.”  The reason for the caring is that another brother or sister has been “caught in a sin.”  We’ve also looked at II. The Expression of Caring (v. 1) and saw there that we are to be looking to restore that person, but in a spirit of gentleness.  We’ve also noticed III. The Danger in Caring (v. 1).  When we care for others, especially those “caught in a sin,” we need to watch ourselves so that we do not give in to temptation ourselves.

Let’s look today at the fourth part of our study:

IV.  The Characteristics in Caring (vv. 2-10)

A.  Bearing each other’s burdens (v. 2)
How do we practically do that?  Here are some steps that might be helpful:
(1) Listen to each other’s story.  There is no substitute for spending time with each otherFinderScreenSnapz031!
(2) Show yourself trustworthy.  Prove that you are able to keep confidences.
(3) Don’t fear weeping with those who weep.

You may have heard the story about the pastor who was meeting with one of his parishioners.  As the man began to voice some of his complaints about the church, he looked up to see tears coming down FirefoxScreenSnapz305his pastor’s cheeks.  “Pastor, whatever is wrong?  Are you crying because I’m criticizing our church?”  “No, Bill,” said the pastor.  “I’m weeping over your sins.”

(4) Don’t think only professionals can provide encouragement, challenge, help in personal issues.  I think the counselor Larry Crabb is really on to something when he suggests in his book Connecting that most of us Christians are fully capable of helping other believers with their problems or issues, if we would only get involved and show that we care.FirefoxScreenSnapz306

Questions:

1.  How does prayer fit into “bearing one another’s burdens,” do you think?  Is it possible that we have greatly underestimated the power of prayer?

2.  Satan seems to be into noise, busyness, distraction (as the great theologian Beth Moore says).  What changes would you make if you saw TIME as one primary way to express your love and burden-bearing ministry to others?

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2014 in time

 

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