December 17, 2019
Gratitude is one of the most foundational components of authentic Christianity. It is the humility that recognizes that what God has done for us is undeserved. It gladly acknowledges, with an open heart and mouth, that everything we’ve received is from God. I have often said that I can tell you how proud a man is by how much or little he prays. But I can also tell you how proud a man is by how slowly he gives thanks—to others and, most importantly, to God. A humble man’s heart is so full of gratitude that it spills out without thinking.
One of the most important words in the Old Testament is the word “Checed (che-said)” It is used over 240 times. It is often translated as “lovingkindness” or “mercy.” Some translations use the phrase “steadfast love.” But, checed is more than mere love. It is a word that carries multiple thoughts. Our English language cannot capture this rich Hebrew word in a single word.
Here’s how Vines Expository Dictionary of Words describes it:
Notice the thought of God’s love, kindness, and mercy towards us carried in this single Hebrew word:
… is an amazing Psalm. The Psalmist recounts 26 different things God had done for Israel. Each statement is followed by this refrain “For His lovingkindness (checed) is everlasting.” It’s almost hard for us to read because of the redundancy of this statement. But that redundancy is the point. Every statement of what God has done for us should be followed by a humble, awe-inspired statement of gratitude.
It should be a common exercise, in fact, a daily routine, for us to recount the lovingkindness of God toward us. It would be a great and needed routine for you to sit with family or friends in prayer, rehearse what God has done and given you, and after each statement say together, “His lovingkindness (checed) is everlasting.”
I believe it’s a word we need to become familiar with. We’ll be using it often in eternity.
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May 03, 2021
Although he was a godly and greatly used man of God, King David sinned grievously. For all time, his failure with Bathsheba has been recorded as a tragic warning.
But David’s confession was just as public. Spurgeon said a man could be used again when his confession is as notorious as his sin.
April 28, 2021
Many men cannot handle spiritual success. When God blesses them, if they are not careful, they will begin to attribute to themselves what God and others have accomplished in their lives.
It is a great temptation to read your own press clippings.