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I’m in the middle of writing an article on loneliness as a means to drive us deeper into God’s heart and was just struck by the passage this nugget came from. The context is distress and anguish, feeling the grip of death’s crushing pull. Maybe you can relate. But the author of this psalm lifts his eyes above his circumstances and prays for deliverance. He meditates on the character of God; how He is gracious, righteous, and merciful. He remembers what God has done; how He preserves the simple and rescued him when he was flat on his back, hopeless and alone. Then comes verse seven. Circumstances haven’t changed for the author but, then again, God’s worthiness to be worshipped has never been contingent on ideal circumstances. No matter what our lives might look like right now, no matter how uncomfortable or excruciating our circumstances might be, if we have been redeemed by Jesus, we have every reason to “return to our rest;” for the the Lord INDEED has dealt bountifully with us. And He is worthy of our praise and confidence right here. •••• [Also, 1) this is not a staged photo and 2) you should go read all of Psalm 116 for yourself.]
Happy birthday to the best big sister! 🥳 You are as genuine and intentional as they get; you love deep and feel big, and I’m so thankful for your heart and life. 💜 Additionally, I’d like to know how much you were paid to hug me in this photo.
“Do not despair, dear heart, but come to the Lord with all your jagged wounds, black bruises, and running sores. He alone can heal, and He delights to do it. It is our Lord’s office to bind up the brokenhearted, and He is gloriously at home at it.” -Charles Spurgeon
“Theologians who limit the means of grace to overtly redemptive religious practices miss something about the God who speaks without words in the theater of His creation.” -David Powlison

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Monday Morning Munch No. 71 – Power


“When Christ was with them, the disciples received instruction. But only when the Holy Spirit came upon them did they receive the power (dunamis) they needed to witness for Him (“You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come”). -Sinclair Ferguson, In Christ Alone: Living the Gospel-Centered Life

Lord, this is what we still need–power. Your power, to witness to the people you have called us to live among.

Make us look more like Your Son and embolden us to hold out the hope of redemption and saving faith for others.

Grant us a hunger and thirst for Your Word, Your presence, Your voice and Your Gospel.

Mature us, Your church, and help us to clothe ourselves in humility, love, joy, peace, gentleness and the graciousness You’ve extended to us.

And may we not rest until we find rest in You.

“How do we “receive power”? It is the fruit not merely of book learning but of Christ fellowshipping–being more with Him, engaging in serious intercession in His name, meditating more on His glories. Perhaps in our much studying and discussing we have lost the biblical art of “waiting” and are all too prone to run ahead when the Spirit has not sent us with His anointing.” -Sinclair Ferguson, In Christ Alone: Living the Gospel-Centered Life

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