I'm in the process of reading through Psalms and I've been reading between one to three Psalms at a time, depending on their length. This past weekend I read Psalms 50 and 51, and despite them having different authors (Asaph and David respectively) and different subjects, each Psalm had a section on sacrificial worship. It stood out to me that these two Psalms are beside each other and have worship as a connecting subject, so I want to look at them and bring out their focus on worship. I hope it's helpful and applicable to our own worship.
I'll preface this post by saying that when I started this blog, my original idea was that I would use it to post some random thoughts I had about living biblically and also post some prayers I had. I didn't think much of the prayer part of my idea, and I've never written anything down regarding what I pray about. I don't even keep prayer lists (I know. I know. And I say I have a terrible memory, what am I thinking). But I guess my idea was that it would be a way of publicly expressing my desires for other believers and how I view and speak to God. Not that anyone needs to know those things, but it's a good thing, as we'll see below, and helps to evidence our care for one another and where that care comes from.
After my first blog post a month or two ago, I asked some of my family if they had any recommendations for subjects I should write about because I felt like I might not be able to come up with enough to keep writing (which turned out to be ridiculous as there seems to be an endless stream of ideas I wish I could write about). One of them asked me to make a post about forgiving others, and how it relates to the repentance of the people who offended or wronged us. At first it seemed like a simple idea, but after some consideration, I've realized that a proper view of forgiveness stems directly from an understanding of our salvation, and an erroneous view of our salvation can lead directly to failed, partial and conditional forgiveness on our parts. I'd like to use this post to explore our forgiving of others in relation to repentance, and how and why God wants us to forgive.
Now. Going around and saying that salvation is stupid may not be taken very well by many Christians, or be entirely accurate, but humanly speaking, that's exactly how salvation is naturally viewed by us as sinful people. Hearing that may make some people uncomfortable, but I'd like to point to a passage that says exactly that, and see how it should help us view being saved and how we should witness with it in mind.
I don't really have a lot of time to write this week, but wanted to share something that I've been thinking of. Sometimes people struggle with assurance of their salvation. It's not wrong to wonder at our sincerity at times or doubt our genuineness. We still sin and it can be disheartening to see our … Continue reading Short thoughts – assurance of salvation
Jealousy. The very word often induces uneasy feelings, and most would agree that it's an unhealthy state of mind. A jealous person is not one to be messed with and often cannot think straight. In fact, jealousy is such a bad thing that the Bible states that people who practice jealousy "will not inherit the kingdom of God" (Gal. 5:19-21) along with the people who live in things like sexual immorality, fits of anger and drunkenness. So why in the world would God describe Himself as "jealous"?
Every Christian has had situations where their trust in God has been tested, and some of us have had more difficult and trying situations than others. These situations could often be considered trials, and most Christians know what God says about trials; although unpleasant at the time, trials are for our good and will help us grow to be more like Christ as we learn from them.