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…

Weakness of the Saints

Ecclesiastes 2:10, Consider the ancient generations and see: who trusted in the LORD and was put to shame? We cannot relate to the strengths of the saints—David the shepherd who killed lions and bears, and David the king who destroyed armies; Gideon the Manassite who defeated Midian; Samson the Danite who defeated the Philistines; Esther who…

When God Answers in Questions

Job 38:4, “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.” God answering Job in his misery is my favourite section in the book. Like us, Job was asking why he was suffering and was demanding that God answer him. So, finally, God answers him, but not with…

How Meme of You: Trusting the Government

The meme on the right has some truth to it. If you look at history and examine how governments in the past have betrayed its people, one would be foolish to trust the government… at times. It is true that there is corruption in the government, but let’s be honest here: government is not entirely an unnecessary institution.…

How Can We Have Peace in the Midst of Evil?

Yesterday was Palm Sunday, and we peaceably gathered with our congregations to remember Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem as King of Israel, to celebrate His Kingship today, and worship Him as the Prince of Peace. Yet it wasn’t peaceful for every Christian yesterday. In Egypt, two churches were attacked by suicide bombers for doing what we…

Great is His Faithfulness

2 Timothy 2:13, If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself. Psalm 117:2, For great is His steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD!” One of my favourite hymns in the Lutheran hymnal (LSB #809) is Great is Thy Faithfulness: Great is Thy faithfulness O God…