July 27, 2018
It came out effortlessly. David, King of Israel and writer of half of our Psalms, was such a humble man that his praise NATURALLY flowed to God.
Notice the second person pronouns (""you, your"") in Psalm 21, mentioned 9 times in 4 verses.
3 For YOU meet him with the blessings of good things; YOU set a crown of fine gold on his head.
4 He asked life of YOU, YOU gave it to him, Length of days forever and ever.
5 His glory is great through YOUR salvation, Splendor and majesty YOU place upon him.
6 For YOU make him most blessed forever; YOU make him joyful with gladness in YOUR presence.
Most men don't get this. Their big problem is the ""I"" problem. ""I did this, I created this, this is mine,"" etc. Somehow David had learned this early and it was the key to his greatness.
He recognized the source of everything. He realized the fountain of true joy and satisfaction (""You make him joyful with gladness in Your presence"").
God can entrust His true riches to a man like this, because He knows that such a man will not take the credit or rob glory from God.
Is this natural with us? Does this kind of gratitude and deep humility naturally flow from our mind and our lips? Who's getting the credit from your lips and whose presence are you seeking?
October 13, 2021
October 12, 2021
It could not be worse. God is gracious in His offering of forgiveness through Jesus Christ to all who believe. Those who come to know God and obey Him will experience the best in this life and the life to come.
But what of all those who ignore God? Who will not trust Him? Who never follow and obey the one true God? The Bible leaves no ambiguity about this, and its clarity should sober us.
October 07, 2021
My son, who is planting a church in a Northern Colorado city, intentionally took me for a walk through a sculpture garden recently that is located in a prominent spot in his large city. It was beautiful, convenient, and filled with people.
To my amazement, at every 30 yards or so, there was a stone statue. The whole garden was a prayer garden, and each statue was named. The farther we walked, the more I realized it was a garden designed to help you pray to ancestral spirits. This religion is called animism and is no different from the false religions we read of in the Scripture. Paul encountered this in Athens.