Surely God has more important things to worry about than the little details of our lives. And yet Psalm 8 emphatically tells us that he does notice us. And he cares for us.
And that is one of the great paradoxes of Scripture: God is unfathomably great, impossibly huge, and yet he dwells with the “least of these.”
In a world where so many people twist justice to serve their own selfish ambition, it is fitting to thank God for his righteousness. Because he is impartial and just, and we can trust him.
Repentance is almost a “bad word,” conjuring images of judgmental people holding a sandwich board with a list of the kinds of people who are going to hell. But the biblical idea of repentance actually points us to the goodness and mercy of God.
Transformation is a gift from God: we can’t force it. What we can do, however, is position ourselves to be transformed by him. And that’s the point of the Spiritual Disciplines.
God’s judgment is about making things right. About restoring justice where it has been twisted. That is good news for some and terrifying news for others.
God’s anger is different from ours: it is righteous. And it is the only reasonable response to pure evil.
If we pray to God for justice, we need to be prepared for him to challenge our own sins as well.
David was hiding in caves and strongholds, but he recognized a key truth: no stronghold is sufficient to protect you if God is not your refuge.
Lament and hope are not mutually exclusive. We can weep (like David did) and also have an unshakeable confidence that God will come through for us.
If you’re going through a difficult time, remember this: your tears are a sacred form of prayer. And God will hear you.
Thankfully, God is much more faithful than we are, and not even death can separate us from his love.
When David cried out to God, he didn’t claim to deserve his deliverance. No, he appealed to the only thing he (or anyone) could: God’s “steadfast love.”
Many of us feel the need to “sugar-coat” our prayers. May we learn this lesson today: God cherishes honest prayers.
Choosing to obey God’s instruction is not an oppressive limitation of freedom but a door that leads us to true joy and liberation.