Morning Musing: Psalms 56:3-4

“When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (CSB – Read the chapter)

Do you ever remember feeling invincible? I remember being at one of my sister’s softball games when we were growing up. I wasn’t actually watching the game, but the softball complex she played at was in a wonderfully wooded area with several of the big limestone boulders that are so common to that part of the country, and which make fantastic natural playgrounds. On this particular day, I was jumping from the top of one boulder to the other – in flip-flops, no less – and landing my jumps perfectly every single time. I felt like I could do anything on that day. But while those kinds of experiences are fun, if we’re being honest, they tend to be the exception to the rule. And the rule is that on most days we not only don’t feel invincible, we feel downright defeated. We carry a ton of fear of what the day might bring and who might be bringing it. As normal as that kind of feeling is, though, it’s not how life was designed to be lived. Let’s talk this morning about how to get rid of fear and live with the kind of confidence a ten-year-old boy lost in a fantasy playground has in spades.

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Morning Musings: Proverbs 31:30

“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

We live in a day in which the physical is everything.  Spiritual matters are forgotten or ignored.  We apply this trend not only to things, but to people.  We are told over and over again–mostly subliminally through the images we are surrounded with on a daily basis–that how we look is the most important thing about us.  Sure, we throw a bone at the idea that the inside matters, but this is routinely just lip service.  What the Scriptures proclaim, though, is something different. Read the rest…

Morning Musings: 1 Chronicles 19:3

“But the princes of the Ammonites said to Hanun, ‘Do you think, because David has sent comforters to you, that he his honoring your father?  Have not his servants come to you to search and to overthrow and to spy out the land?'”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

According to the wisdom of the world, the best way for a new leader to establish himself in his position and among his peers is with displays of power and strength.  Hanun was convinced by his counselors that in order to show the world that he was a king not to be trifled with, he needed to respond to David’s offer of sympathy after the death of his father by treating the servants sent to bring the message poorly and humiliating them.  The message was: This is what will happen to your whole kingdom if you mess with me.  His counselors apparently didn’t know much about David.   Read the rest…

Morning Musings: 1 Chronicles 11:9

“And David became greater and greater, for the Lord of hosts was with him.”  (ESV)

If we want to be great, this is how it’s done.  There are other ways to be called great by the world.  Amass enough money and you’ll be called great.  Attain to a certain media status and you’ll have followers.  Acquire sufficient power and your name will be celebrated in the streets.  But that greatness won’t last.  Lose the money, the followers, or the power and you’ll be nothing.  As Coldplay sings in their hit “Viva la Vida,” you’ll sweep the streets you used to own.   Read the rest…