MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Taking Advantage of an Opportunity

June 18th, 2006 Viewed 778 times

It was the other day that I was reading through a Psalm– I’m not quite sure which one– that the history behind it was that it was probably written around the time of David’s confrontation with Goliath. The commentary gave the usual background, but what I found interesting was that the author mentioned something that I had not thought of before– mainly, Saul’s stature.

If you remember correctly from I Samuel, Saul was chosen as king and one of his attributes was that he was head and shoulders above most Israelites. This man had some stature. Now, fast forward to the battle with Goliath. Here is a tall man, arguably taller than Saul, but Saul was no small man either. Yet here comes a child– David– who volunteers to fight Goliath. Saul offers his armor– but of course it wouldn’t fit. Perhaps Saul thought it may have made him look bigger.

Why didn’t Saul fight? Why did he let David? We can hypothesize all night and probably still not come up with the answer, and yet we seem to have the same thing happen to us daily– and sometimes there’s no David to pick up our slack.

What do I mean? Well, there are people that you are in contact with every day that you would be the best person to witness to them, and yet you let that opportunity slide by or try to give that opportunity to another. We allow ourselves to be persuaded that it’s someone else’s job, or someone else would be the better person to share, but, in reality, we ourselves should be that one sharing.

So, we need to take this opportunity to reevaluate where we are and where we are being like Saul, and step up to the challenge that is laid before us that we are best equipped to face!

Psalm 14 – The Depravity of Man

June 12th, 2006 Viewed 1397 times, 1 so far today

For Christmas a couple of years ago my Great Aunt gave my family a couple of commentaries on the Psalms of the Bible. I was in the middle of reading through the Bible, so I didn’t start reading them right away, but they are, as she said, a blessing. I’m hoping to use Monday mornings to bless your heart with how my reading has touched me.

Psalm 14 is labelled by John Phillips as The Depravity of Man. In it, he recasts the psalm in a familiar Matlock style court room. You know the kind, where you know that the trial will be over quickly and Matlock will win. Anyway, this court room is for the trial of humanity and its sin against God.

What really gave me great awe last night was the description of Christ. He is the both the one that testifies to our sin and the one that gives us the opportunity for salvation in this passage. This passage just filled me with awe and worship when I read it:

[T]his Witness is infallible in His perception. He has all the atributes of diety. He is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. He cannot be mistaken, He cannot lie, He cannot be intimidated,. He knows every man, woman, and child. He knows every thought, word, and deed. He knows the time when, the place where, and how of everything that has ever happened. He knows the motive and the manner. He knows the intent, the impact, and the influence of everything we have ever thought or said or done. There never was a Witness like this!”

The other theme that really struck me was something a little earlier in the commentary where it talked about what “The fool hath said in his heart, [There is] no God.” means. According to Phillips, the Hebrew behind this does not imply atheism, but it implies that the foolish neglects the revealed God of the Bible. This would include any of those people that worship other Gods, or that worship God in a way other than He has revealed.

God is making a comment that those that choose to harbor in their hearts wrong thoughts about God– be it that there is no God, that there are other gods, or even how we approach God– are foolish in their thinking. They will stand and give account, and God has clearly revealed who He is for them to see.

This morning (or whenever you read this), meditate on who God is. Think about what He has done to save us! Reach out to those around that need to hear and get a right thought of God.

Message from the Psalms

June 6th, 2006 Viewed 888 times

Psalm 11:3 gives us a statement that was as true then as it is today.

If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

We are living at a time when the foundations are those things that are under attack. Instead of going after different things that are surface issues, the battle is now for foundational things– things that were not questioned previously are now openly debated and discussed.

This is why you see Christianity torn down in our schools, and other religions taught. This is why you see the historicity of the Bible questioned. This is why the Da Vinci Code is attacking the Church. Because if the foundation of God in this country is destroyed– if truth no longer has its strength– then the righteous have no recourse.

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.