August 23, 2016

Psalms 12-17 - 
Quick, God.  I need your helping hand!  The last decent person just went down.  All the friends i depend on gone...I’ve thrown myself headlong into your arms--I’m celebrating your rescue.  I’m singing at the top of my lungs.  I’m so full of answered prayers...God sticks his head out of heaven.  He looks around.  He’s looking for someone not stupid--one man, even, God-expectant, just one God-ready woman.  He comes up empty.  A string of zeros.  Useless, unshepherded.  Sheep, taking turns pretending to be Shepherd.  The ninety and nine follow their fellow.  Don’t they know anything, all these impostors?...            

God, who gets invited to dinner at your place?  How do we get on your guest list?  Walk straight, act right, tell the truth.  Don’t hurt your friend, don’t blame your neighbor, despise the     despicable.  Keep your word even when it costs you, make an honest living, never take a bribe.  You will never get blacklisted if you live like this.
                                
The wise counsel God gives when I’m awake is confirmed by my sleeping heart...I’m happy from the inside out and from the outside in.  I’m firmly formed...                            

Go ahead, examine me from the inside out, surprise me in the middle of the night---You’ll find I’m what I say I am.  My words don’t run loose.  I’m not trying to get my way in the world’s way.  I’m not trying to get your way, your Word’s way.  I’m staying on your trail; I’m putting one foot in front of the other.  I’m not giving up!

Colossians 2 - 
I want you to know that I continue to work as hard as I know for you...you received Christ, now live him...school’s out, quit studying the subject and start living it!  And let your living it spill over into thanksgiving.  

Watch out for people who try to dazzle you with big words and intellectual double-talk.  They want to drag you off into endless arguments that never amount to anything...

Entering into this fullness is not something you figure out or achieve.  It is not a matter of being circumcised or keeping a long list of laws.  No, you’re already in, not through some secretive initiation rite but rather through what Christ has already gone through for you, destroying the power of sin...

All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ’s cross...

Don’t tolerate people who try to run your life... we grow up healthy in God only as he nourishes us.