Spring has sprung, thank the Lord. Someone, whoever you are, thank you for killing the groundhog.
It has been a rather busy week, hasn’t it? I’ve had some good news on my personal front. The job is about to get a lot easier, and on the educational level, I am 12 credit hours closer to my first degree. I expect to graduate in July and start a Master’s Programme in January. Why? Well, I want to be paid to study and talk about the bible and not have to deal with politics, etc… and a lot more reasons than that, I assure you.
I mean, someone has to correct all those liberal biblical scholars and the Zwinglites and anyone who has the gall to disagree with, but mainly the Zwinglites.
Part of our morning reading was Psalm 32 – not that we read it, as we focused on another area (Sin and Death, Baptism). However, from the New Living Translation:
Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!
Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long.
Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.
Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.
Therefore, let all the godly pray to you while there is still time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment.
For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. Interlude
The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.
Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”
Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the LORD.
So rejoice in the LORD and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!
(Psa 32:1-11 NLT)
In reading Ephesian 2.1-10, which was part of the morning reading, I was reminded again of what saves us – GRACE.
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. (Eph 2:8 NLT)
Just think about that – it is nothing which we have done, but it wholly rests on God.
There is so much in this life that I don’t know about and will never know about, but I want to learn more about Christ everyday. Whether it is the biblical languages or studying the rhetorical stylings of the Apostle Paul, the history of the Reformation or reading Wright, I want to know more. Which brings me to this Sunday’s song. At the congregational house I was before, we used to sing this every now and then, and it was a joy to hear. I heard this past week on the radio, bringing up that joy, so I thought I might share.