The Psalms are comforting.

>> Saturday, February 27, 2010

Psalm 124 (The Message)

1-5 If God hadn't been for us —all together now, Israel, sing out!—
If God hadn't been for us
when everyone went against us,
We would have been swallowed alive
by their violent anger,
Swept away by the flood of rage,
drowned in the torrent;
We would have lost our lives
in the wild, raging water.

6 Oh, blessed be God!
He didn't go off and leave us.
He didn't abandon us defenseless,
helpless as a rabbit in a pack of snarling dogs.

7 We've flown free from their fangs,
free of their traps, free as a bird.
Their grip is broken;
we're free as a bird in flight.

8 God's strong name is our help,
the same God who made heaven and earth.

Some people think that the increase of huge earthquakes (like the one in Haiti last month and the one in Chile this morning) is a sign that the end is coming soon. Frankly, this scares the living daylights out of me (even if it's not true... I mean, no one ever really knows). But that Psalm is so comforting to me. I have the creator of the entire universe to back me up. I wish everyone on earth could honestly, without the shadow of a doubt, say that.

He's always been there, and he will always be there. He's there to protect me, and make me strong. It doesn't matter what happens on earth, because when I die, I get to be with him. If that's the case, why am I sitting here? Why am I not talking about God's love and forgiveness and redemption to everyone I see? I don't know.

If I knew for sure that this was my last day to live, would I act differently? I sure hope I would.

What about you?


Sunday 2/21/10 - Depths

>> Sunday, February 21, 2010

There is a movement
Bubbling from the depths
Of our hearts.

A spring is ready:
Bursting from the depths
Of our souls.

God is in this place.

I wrote this poem in Church today. God was moving. I'm so glad he moved Lee to get up and say what was on his heart. I've been praying for a movement of the Spirit in the people of the world today, and I can see the sparks.

Join me in praying for revival!

Psalm 51
1 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.

4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are proved right when you speak
and justified when you judge.

5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

6 Surely you desire truth in the inner parts;
you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.

7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.

9 Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will turn back to you.

14 Save me from bloodguilt, O God,
the God who saves me,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.

15 O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.

16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.

17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart,
O God, you will not despise.

18 In your good pleasure make Zion prosper;
build up the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then there will be righteous sacrifices,
whole burnt offerings to delight you;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.


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