Motivated Spirituality

bikecurve1As part of Lent, I am going to be posting a Psalm/scripture and a very brief comment. The main focus will be to get us to put these holy words on our lips and pray them to God. Hopefully, this simple act will help us understand more about the one who loves us and cares for us and is with us--regardless of the circumstances.

Clear my name, God; stick up for me against these loveless, immoral people. Get me out of here, away from these lying degenerates.

I counted on you, God. Why did you walk out on me? Why am I pacing the floor, wringing my hands over these outrageous people?

Give me your lantern and compass, give me a map, So I can find my way to the sacred mountain, to the place of your presence,

To enter the place of worship, meet my exuberant God, Sing my thanks with a harp, magnificent God, my God.

Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul? Why are you crying the blues? Fix my eyes on God - soon I'll be praising again. He puts a smile on my face. He's my God.

For this reading, Psalm 43, I encourage you to actually say these words out loud--have you ever prayed something like this before? It is a short prayer in three parts.

Part 1, the first two verses, relate to the pain, despair, and isolation the person shares with God. Basically, the pray-er is calling God out, letting Him know that He hasn't been paying attention to the pray-er, and it has left him feeling abandoned. Part 2 is a transition. Here the pray-er is asking God for help, but the request isn't frantic, desperate. The pray-er asks for a map, and there is a confidence that comes through the verse that speaks of hope and trust. The short psalm concludes with exultation--as if the pray-er had said those words in the first two verses and then the Holy Spirit reminded him of who God is--the Lord Jehovah, the one who brought everything into being, and the one who says, "Do not be afraid, for I am with you." That is our God.

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Publications

  • Worry

    Do we trust God to take care of each and every one of our troubles, or do we act like Read More
  • The Beauty of God

    Apocalyptic and the Beauty of God Isaiah 65. 17-25; Revelation 21.9-27 a sermon at Harvard Memorial Church, October 22 2006 Read More
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Favorites

  • Healing Words From A Dialogue With God by Sylvia Gunter +

    ... Because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to Read More
  • Fast Of Words - A Different Kind Of Fast by Sylvia Gunter +

    Isaiah 58:10b-12 Time and again God brings me to my knees over my heart attitude expressed out of my mouth. Read More
  • The power of words +

    Our words have the power to bless or curse, to influence for good or for bad. Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • Easter: transforming how we relate to others +

    As we prepare for Easter, let’s prayerfully consider some questions regarding John 17. Read More
  • Jesus as the cultivator of our heart +

    Day after day our heart experiences dozens and hundreds of interactions: with others, with news stories,  with our thoughts, or Read More
  • Sing to the Lord: Thinking about to praise God each day with songs from our hearts +

    One of the overriding themes throughout scripture is praising God regardless of our circumstances. Read More
  • A focus on blessing others +

    We are called to be a blessing to the world first to those around us. Read More
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