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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. 96 – Do you have eyes that see…

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Repeat after me:

It’s not my circumstances that are the problem, it’s the way I view them.

This repetition is continual practice for me as the last couple of months have proven that I’m still looking at things from my perspective, not through the lens of the Gospel.

So I started asking myself some questions. There are so many more we could ask ourselves, and maybe you have some more to add that can help us continue to shape a Gospel-oriented mindset? If so, I would l o v e to hear them.

DO YOU HAVE EYES THAT SEE…

  • The Lord as the only source of goodness (Psalm 16:1)?
  • God’s incomparable holiness (Isaiah 40:28, 25)?
  • God’s demand for your holiness (1 Peter 1:14-16, 1 John 2:5b-6)?
  • That by serving the “least of these” you are serving Christ (Matthew 29:40)?
  • Sin as exceedingly sinful (Romans 7:13)?
  • That God created you as His masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10, Psalm 139)?
  • God’s grace as sufficient for every single thing you face in life (2 Corinthians 12:9)?
  • Beauty in the ashes (Isaiah 61:3)?
  • God’s strength in your weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9)?
  • Death as life (Luke 9:23-25)?
  • The Bible as the only way to purity and life (Psalm 119:9, 50)?
  • Your heart as desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9)?
  • You desperate need for Christ’s atoning sacrifice (2 Corinthians 5:21)?
  • Your help comes only from the Lord (Isaiah 41:13)?
  • That it pleased God to crush His spotless Son for you (Isaiah 53:10)?
  • God’s flawless sovereignty, love, justice and mercy even in the hardships, trials and terrible situations and circumstances of this life (Romans 8:28)?
  • Everything as a tool in the hands of a loving Father to shape you more and more into the image of Christ (Ephesians 4:13, 2 Corinthians 3:17-18)?

2 comments on “Monday Morning Munch No. 96 – Do you have eyes that see…

  1. Robin says:

    That we have the power and responsibility to choose our thoughts (Phil 4:8)

    And that we must be careful who, or what we allow to speak into our lives (Psalm 1:1-2)
    I believe this includes music and entertainment…does it glorify what God calls sin? If yes, we should not partake. As Mark Hall of Casting Crowns said,… “why would I want to listen to music that draws me back to the life Christ died to save me from?”

    1. Love this! Thank you for adding those, especially the last one. SO important and so underestimated for the believer. Are we consuming things (music, movies, books, food, conversations, etc.) that promote holiness or detract from it? Thank you, Robin!

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