October 22, 2017

When Scripture says God remembers, it means he acts in keeping with what has either been promised or done. Thus when people pray, “Remember me,” they are asking the LORD to act in keeping with his promises. Likewise, when the psalmist prays “Remember not the sins of my youth” or when we read “I will not remember your sins,” it does not mean the LORD’s mind somehow blanks out, but rather that he will not act in accordance to what we have done.

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October 15, 2017

not remember our sins in that he does not act as our sins deserve. But Scripture also lists our sins as the context of understanding God’s steadfast love. That is how the Holy Spirit uses our sins for our sanctification. In the remembrance of our sins we see fresh evidence of God’s steadfast love. And in the remembrance of our sins we remember why we sing our songs of thanks.

 

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October 1, 2017

Newton wrote, “whoever is well read in these four books, is a wise person, how little soever he may know of what men of the world call science. On the other hand, though a man should be master of the whole circle of classical, polite, and philosophical knowledge, if he has no taste for the Bible, and has no ability to apply it to the works of creation and providence, and his own experience, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know. I have pointed out a treasure more wroth than all the volumes in the Vatican.”

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June 25, 2017

Psalm 89 is a psalm for when everything is falling apart. God doesn’t seem trustworthy as his promises are unambiguously unfulfilled. If action speaks louder than words, then God’s actions (or inactions) are louder than the words of his promises. This is the kind of existential crisis that can shake us to our core. Do you have a plan when you are in such a time and place? What will you do when your world begins to fall apart?

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