1. The Majesty of God's Name
    18 Jan, 2019
    The Majesty of God's Name
    O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.  Psalm 8:1   Earlier this week I looked up the first names of all my immediate family members to see how popular our names were as baby names in 2018. Here are the results . . . Stuart ranked 3,797. Donna, 1,481. Erin, 233. Katelyn, 614. Micah, 80. And just because I wanted to be thorough, I included our dog's name. Jack was the most popular name of our whole family with a rank of
  2. God, the Righteous Judge
    15 Jan, 2019
    God, the Righteous Judge
    God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day.  Psalm 7:11   One Christmas when I was a child, I received, among other things, a Pogo Stick and a Bible. I remember looking through my Bible on the floor of my living room.  I was on the page where God destroyed the world with a flood in Noah's day.  At some point, I left the Bible open on the floor, and started jumping on my Pogo Stick.   I'm sure you can guess what happened. My Pogo stick landed on my Bible.   I looked
  3. Rebuke and Discipline Without Anger
    15 Jan, 2019
    Rebuke and Discipline Without Anger
    O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath.  Psalm 6:1 Nobody I know wants to be rebuked in anger. Most of us don't want to be rebuked, period!   But with anger? No, thank you. Furthermore, I know of no child who wants to be disciplined by a furious parent. Discipline is hard enough to go through as it is.  When the parent administering the discipline is infuriated, it makes it that much harder to endure. In Psalm 6, David seems to know that rebuke and discipline
  4. From Groaning to Goodness
    14 Jan, 2019
    From Groaning to Goodness
    Give ear to my words, O LORD; consider my groaning.  Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray. Psalm 5:1-2 I didn't sleep very well last night. And so this morning, I let out a few groans before I tumbled out of bed. We've all had those mornings.   Mornings of groaning. But sometimes our groaning is more than just a desire for more sleep. Sometimes our groans come from a place of deep pain. Physical pain.   Emotional pain. Mental pain. Spiritual
  5. Who Will Show Us Some Good?
    11 Jan, 2019
    Who Will Show Us Some Good?
    There are many who say, "Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O LORD!"  You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. Psalm 4:6-7 As you can tell by the image above, I asked Siri this morning about who might do us some good. Her answer was not all that helpful. In Psalm 4, the Psalmist says there are many who ask that question.  I have to admit, when I read that, something inside me aches. If people are asking "Who will
  6. Salvation Belongs to the Lord
    09 Jan, 2019
    Salvation Belongs to the Lord
    Salvation belongs to the LORD; your blessing be on your people! Selah  Psalm 3:8 I saw recently that the SC Lottery Power Ball jackpot is up to around $80,000,000. You know, I'd like to think if I had $80,000,000, the first thing I'd do (after paying off my mortgage and setting some aside for my kiddos) is to give as much money as I could to various charities. I'd really like to think that's what I'd do. But who knows what I would really do? We often don't know what we'd actually do in a