Posts from March 2020

Posts from March 2020

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 16

Occasionally I hear someone say, “God wants you to be holy, not happy”; or, “God is concerned about your holiness, not your happiness.” I understand the intentions behind this sentiment. They speak against a common, godless mentality that claims that God’s greatest desire is our comfort and pleasure—even if that is apart from him, living in sin. Of course, such a mindset is unbiblical and ungodly. At the same time, this doesn’t mean that our happiness and holiness are mutually…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 27

If you could ask God for one thing, what would it be? Our imagination might run wild with the possibilities; from curing cancer to material prosperity we immediately turn to the pragmatic. Biblically, we might think of Solomon, to whom God grants a single desire (1 Kings 3:5-6). In that moment, the young king asked for wisdom and God was so pleased with this request that he granted him riches as well. But what if his father was asked this…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 3 

In recent years there seems to be a growing criticism of the church by the world whenever tragedy occurs. As Christians take to social media to show their support with comments like “Praying for you!” others will respond with aggression, believing that prayer is a cop-out for tangible action. Sadly, it seems that we witness more and more Christians giving into this mentality as well, wondering what good—if any—prayer does. This isn’t new. In Psalm 3, the poet writes: “O…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 1

I just read an article stating that over 3 million Americans filed for unemployment this past week. That’s a staggering number, breaking records from the previous years; most likely, those numbers will increase in the coming weeks. Some of our readers may be included in these statistics. This brings to mind a question: If you lose your job, are you still blessed by God? Can you still be blessed, even in the midst of suffering and hardship? Or, does heartbreak…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 34

C.S. Lewis once wrote: I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation. It is not out of compliment that lovers keep on telling one another how beautiful they are; the delight is incomplete till it is expressed. That is, part of fully enjoying a thing is the experience of sharing it with and praising it to others. Joy in my vacation is complete when…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 8

Mystery. It’s a word we are rarely comfortable with, but one we can’t live without. A world without mystery is world without wonder; a world without wonder is a world without worship. In our modern era, every truth is subject to the mastery of the microscope. Every truth is atomized, every danger manageable, every curiosity critiqued. Our scientific age has expanded our lifespan and increased our daily comfort, but it has robbed us of the beauty of the transcendent. In…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 122

Yesterday churches throughout America adjusted to the coronavirus epidemic by meeting in their homes or with their families apart from the general assembly. While these measures were taken to prevent the spread of the illness (and wisely so) it was quite an adjustment for many. Technology enabled most of us to connect in some way, allowing us to be with each other in spirit, yet there was still a great yearning in our hearts to actually be together. Into this…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 50

In 2016, director Martin Scorsese released a movie titled “Silence.” It tells the story of two 17th century Portuguese Jesuit priest who travel to Japan to find their lost mentor who went missing while doing mission work. Throughout the film the two men suffer immensely and pray to God for deliverance. The pressing question of the film is, “Why is God silent in response to our prayers?” While we may be hesitant to confess such doubts, even the most faithful…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 139

The isolation brought on by the strict quarantines our nation has enacted has disconnected many from the social life with which we are familiar. In many ways we are blessed to live in the day and time that we do; technology affords us opportunities to stay connected despite our lack of physical presence. Still, it’s easy to feel forgotten; to ask, “Is anyone thinking of me? Does anyone care?” Into this loneliness, Psalm 139 reminds us of God’s intimate knowledge…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 33

Coronavirus. Recession. Quarantine. In moments like these, it’s easy to believe we are victims of vicious powers beyond our control. When events have such a global impact, we feel the smallness and fragility of our own life. Governments scramble to make sweeping legislation that deeply impacts us; we feel like ships swept along by the ocean tide. Into such uncertainty, Psalm 33 reminds us who really is in control: “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and…