As silly as it sounds, it has never occurred to me before to consider Psalm 84 from ‘outside’. I’ll quote Psalm in full at the end – but key phrases are things like My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord, and Blessed are those who dwell in your house, my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God., Hear my prayer, O Lord God Almighty; listen to me, O God of Jacob. I’ve always understood this psalm to be an explosion of praise – Sort of blessed are we who dwell in your house. [...]
Been pondering the life of St. Paul recently – and particularly his apparent forsaking of his entire former life once he started following Jesus. It occurs to me that this is a nonsense… much of his ministry was enabled by the fact he was such a strong theologian and understood the Jewish scriptures so thoroughly. His words had weight and authority because he was an expert on the law. And of course he made good use of his Roman citizenship, plus the fact he could speak Greek and Aramaic (and presumably Latin). One would imaging his tent-making skills weren’t learnt [...]
Time for an utterly trite entry, and I don’t care! The weather for the last couple of days has been lurvely – and is set to get better and better this week. This is particularly good news as we’re all going to a barbie on Monday to mark the end of house-group term. The only slight fly in the ointment is that I’m at work all week next week, as it’s my hand-over week. I’ve still got a few weeks left on my contract, but my boss is away after this, so we scheduled it for now. It’s actually been [...]
The Psalms seem to speak into our situations very often.. Though my flesh and my heart fail me, God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever. Psalm 73:26 I certainly do feel like my flesh and my heart have failed me, and yet somehow God is our strength in the midst of it all.