In the 42nd Psalm, David, the sweet singer of Israel, pens a song of lament. As he writes the Psalm, he is a hunted man, being cut off from God’s house, from the ark, and from all the ordinances of God. And as he wanders in forced exile, David recalls, with painful longing, the joyous … Read moreEndless Hallelujahs
The great Baptist preacher of Victorian England, C.H. Spurgeon, once confessed to his grandfather that he struggled deeply with his calling as a preacher: “I never have to preach,” he said, “but that I feel terribly sick, literally sick, I mean, so that I might as well be crossing the English Channel.” Spurgeon asked that … Read moreWhen I am Weak
“Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!” Psalm 105:4 I love to read the English Puritans. They’re not easy to read. They demand much from the reader. But the reward is great, for in these writers we discover a generation that panted after God, a generation that pursued—with noteworthy devotion—the satisfying goodness … Read moreSeek His Presence Continually!
It doesn’t take people long to discover that I have a special fondness for the 16th century Protestant Reformer, Martin Luther. A week rarely goes by without one of his many volumes (he wrote something substantial every two weeks for twenty years) finding its way to my desk. Luther encourages my soul in God as … Read moreFlourishing in the Courts of God
“For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.” Psalm 36:9 One of the wonders of walking with God is the promise that as we spend time in his presence, reading his Word, seeking him in private prayer, attending public worship, the light we receive from him enables us … Read moreSeeing Light
For the Church Father, John Chrysostom (the golden-mouthed preacher of the fourth century), there were some portions of Scripture that should be read every day by the Christian, without fail. One of these was Psalm 63. Here we read in verse 3, “Your steadfast love is better than life.” For Chrysostom, this was a truth … Read moreBetter than Life