Psalms (Letter 19, Larry Crabb’s 66 Love Letters)
Ask Your Hardest Questions and Sing Your Loudest Praise
But even the best conversations seem only to matter for the moment, then whatever it is I’m scared of, comes back to bite me again. I really do believe that you’re good and that a good plan is somehow unfolding through all the mess of my life.
God says you assume I relieve struggle and replace it with rest. But I use struggle to uncover a rest beneath the struggle that no anguish can destroy. The struggle with fear and pain will continue. Only in the storm it will you know there is an anchor.
I have not wanted an anchor in the storm. I’ve wanted a quick trip to shore.
God says face the hard questions that life requires you to ask. Gather with other travelers on the narrow road, pilgrims to acknowledge their confusion and feel their fears. Then, together, live those questions in my presence. The stakes are high. Either you will find yourself in finding me as I reveal myself, or you will lose yourself in creating me to fit your fully expectations make the right choice. I want you to sing a new song.
God, just yesterday a pastor asked me my reaction to what the modern Church calls worship. I told him that more often than not, I can’t stand it. Where is the struggle? Where is the confusion? Where is the honest admission of emptiness? When I see a pretty girl smiling on cue and singing happily into a microphone, thinking she’s leading me into worship, I want to unplug your microphone and slap her face. Am I wrong?
God says the more clearly you see me, the more gladly you will sing a new song that can never be sung by those who live on the broad road of sinking me for blessings. Those who died to every false hope or the message of Job, who come alive to me as they are and as I am not as they think I should be (the message of Psalms), are ready to live my way in this world.
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Psalms: The Worship of an Honest Heart – From Ray Stedman<-(click here for entire Bible summary)
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Psalms – David Jeremiah (Understanding the 66 Books of the Bible)
Key thought: The book of Psalms — Israel’s hymnbook — teaches us to continually praise God for His greatness, goodness, and glory.
Key Verse: Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing. Psalm 100:1-2
Key Action: Worship: Sing! Praise!