The God of the Living

Psalm 118:17, I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the LORD. This was my prayer during my days in service to my country in the Army, and nearly on a daily basis. Near death, this prayer has been my strength. Do not be mistaken, however: I did not pray this…

Have Mercy, O Lord

Psalm 51:1-2, Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your steadfast love; according to Your abundant mercy, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! Such should be our daily prayer. I adore this psalm, for in it we find the two parts of repentance: contrition—godly sorrow—for…

All Nations Rise and Fall

Psalm 2:10-11, Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Every nation that has dared to dishonour YHWH and choose ignorance over reverence has perished. Canaan, Midian, Babylon, Assyria, Rome, even God’s chosen people Israel of the First Temple Period—all have perished.…

Faith that Heals

Matthew 9:21, She said to herself, “If only I touch His garment, I will be made well.” Her faith did not doubt Christ and His power, nor His willingness to lend aid. I once read a poorly written book on prayer—Jerry Savelle’s Prayer of Petition—that postulated we ought to approach God the Judge as in a courtroom,…

Habitual Prayer

Psalm 77:2, In the day of my trouble, I seek the Lord.” This verse is the perfect summation of all the Psalms—seeking God in the day of trouble is ubiquitous in the Psalms. The Psalms are the oratio (prayer), meditatio (meditation), and tentatio (temptation) of daily Christian life—that is, God uses spiritual attacks/affliction (tentatio) to drive us towards prayer (oratio) and dependence…