Posts by Dripping Springs Church of Christ (Page 2)

Posts by Dripping Springs Church of Christ (Page 2)

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 2

Every political season (including our current one) is filled with promises and premonitions about the future. Our preferred candidate is lionized, and their opponent demonized. Dire warnings of future calamity are ensured if this particular candidate is elected. It’s easy to be swept up in the hype. The frenzy of political campaigns creates a particular zeal that is somewhat terrifying: some people will do just about anything—and hurt anyone—to ensure victory for their candidate. Unfortunately, this zeal is sometimes misplaced,…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 42

Growing up in Texas, my summers were filled with memories of satiating my thirst from a water hose. One of the great joys of being a child in East Texas was running through the pine trees until you were panting, only to drink deeply from the cold water of the hose outside. I can remember the feeling now: the first gulp quenching my thirst and refreshing my body. While some reading this may not have the same experience, you surely…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 36

Through the years, Adolf Hitler has become the figurehead of true evil in our culture. The atrocities that the Nazis committed during their reign of terror were so reprehensible that we are still shocked beyond belief when we watch Holocaust documentaries. Because of the almost universal acceptance of Hitler’s evil, he is often used as a point of reference to show how wicked someone/something might be. For example, in current political discussions, whenever someone wants others to see how objectionable…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 19

If your neighbor suddenly claimed that they “Heard the voice of God” you would—understandably—question their sanity. At the same time, from the perspective of the Psalmist, God is speaking so audibly in our present moment that we would have to be insane not to hear him. In Psalm 19 we read: “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 40

At the moment, depression and anxiety rates are rising due to the present pandemic and measures that are being taken to combat it. Suicide hotlines are busier than ever as our nation grapples with the emotional toll of this ordeal. Even Christians—faithful, loving Christians—are fighting these battles. Sadly, these same Christians are sometimes made to feel guilty by other saints because they struggle with such thoughts; lack of understanding often leads to lack of empathy. They fail to recognize that…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 37

Many are familiar with the “Serenity Prayer” written by theologian Reinhold Niebuhr many years ago. Although it has endured certain changes over time, the modern presentation goes something like this: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” This prayer is used in AA meetings and is plastered on home decor throughout our nation simply because we must constantly be reminded of an…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 23

Probably no section of scripture is more universally known and beloved than Psalm 23. The beginning words immediately bring memories of funerals for so many. There is almost an immediate sense of calm that comes from hearing the familiar refrain, “The Lord is my shepherd…” It is one of those rare pieces of literature that never grows stale; always relevant, ever real. Like the hymn, “Amazing Grace” is speaks to the universal longing of the human condition. Read it once…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 119

Currently, there is quite a bit of stockpiling going on. Out of fear of future economic downturn, American citizens are raiding the shelves to prepare for difficult times. Stores are now putting limits on the number of items someone can purchase. This inclination to store up for future disaster is a natural response for us. We want to be confident that the future is secure so that we can live in the present without fear. We save something for later…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 15

Have you ever met a celebrity? Maybe it was an actor, singer, or well-known politician. If so, you generally find a way to bring this encounter up in casual conversation. It might be one of the highlights of your life simply to catch a passing glimpse of someone you admire; a quick encounter or an autograph is even better. What if this person invited you to lunch? What if they asked to keep in contact with you? What would that…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 103

The other evening our family spent time on our back porch blowing and popping bubbles. It was a beautiful night to relish in such a simple thing. As we blew them, my son Lincoln popped them. Each time he would pop one he would audibly say, “Pop!”; just like that, they would be gone. Bubbles are beautiful in a way: frail, fragile, iridescent in the sunlight. Yet their wonder is fleeting, lasting only a few seconds (if that). As I…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 30

Isn’t it interesting how the night passes by quickly when you’re sleeping? You lay your head down and, within what seems to be a few moments, you wake to a new day. In contrast to this, nothing seems longer than a single night when you can’t sleep. Whether it’s due to insomnia, anxiety, fear, or restlessness, the minutes pass by agonizingly slow as you wait for the morning light. Metaphorically, we may go through dark nights as well; certain chapters…

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…