Regarding the imprecatory psalms (139, 137, 58, 109) with their somewhat colourful and vengeful language, Douglas Jacoby comments:
“We could utter imprecatory prayers. The question is: Should we? Would it be therapeutic? The world speaks of ‘sweet revenge’. God’s Word reveals, especially in the New Testament, that a vengeful spirit does not please him. Honest prayers, yes! Get it out. But revenge – no. We must let the Spirit of Christ guide our thoughts and help us find a righteous attitude, even as we pour out to God the hurt and anger we sometimes confront within our own hearts.”
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10 NIV11)
“David isn’t asking to be let off. He is asking for transformation – a new spirit, a common longing in the prophetic literature, such as in Isaiah and is Ezekiel.”
“Without honesty, there is no authenticity, and our religion runs the risk of losing touch with reality. Without honesty, we cannot find the intimate connection with God we long for.”
“The hollowness of the world may not always be exposed immediately-or even in this life-but it certainly will be in the next. We must hold on to an eternal perspective.”
“When I tried to understand all this, it troubled me deeply till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.” (Psalm 73:16–17 NIV11)
May the love of Christ take hold of me;
May the light of Christ shine in my heart;
May the love of Christ flow through me like a river.
May the love of Christ take hold of him/her;
May the light of Christ shine in his/her heart;
May the love of Christ flow through him/her like a river.
“When we are spiritually thriving, God’s words are the music of our heart, the soundtrack of our life, wherever we go.” Jacoby
“Your decrees are the theme of my song wherever I lodge.” (Psa. 119:54 NIV11)
I heard this quote yesterday. It’s helping me review 2017 and prepare for 2018.
“Regret is a road-sign, not a roadblock”
God had the power to make shy Moses a leader (Exodus 3-4), to soften cruel Pharaoh’s heart (Exodus 11.1-8), to keep discouraged Elijah from quitting (1 Kings 19.15) and to turn the fanatical persecutor Saul into a globetrotting apostle (Acts 9.1-31).
“Orchestras tune up before a concert, not afterwards, and so, whoever we are, we need first thing each day to find a time and space of quiet and solitude and allow God to quietly repair us, as well as to access our own capacity for self-healing.”