Reading Romans is like eating a Porterhouse steak.
As I’ve been reading the Psalms, I’ve read over and over again how honest David and the other authors were with God. They question God, accuse him of not caring for his people, and even ask him to kill their enemies.
It seems that we tend to be okay with those Psalms on a personal level but weren’t most of these Psalms meant to be sung on a corporate level? If that is the case, then why doesn’t our music today more closely resemble those kinds of Psalms? Why aren’t we more okay with melancholy, negative, and ultimately more honest kinds of lyrics in our corporate settings? Why does it always have to feel good?
I haven’t blogged in a long time. The last three months have been more intense and busy than any other period in my life. When I was blogging, I was really enjoying it so I’m going to give it another try.
I read a bunch in the book of Judges this morning. Those people just didn’t get it. They’d forget God and do what was right in their own eyes. God would judge them by allowing them to suffer the consequences of their rebellion. Then they’d cry out for help and relief. God would send a leader to deliver them and then things would cool for awhile…until the people forgot God again!
I’m so glad that as Jesus followers, we’ve got it all figured out and we don’t live in that kind of cyclical rebellion. Wheewh!
My friend Robb Ryerse who used to live in Cleveland but is now planting a church in Arkansas just posted this on my Facebook page.
Luke 2:52, “Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.”