Sunday, July 09, 2006

Psalm 91

This morning I preached on Psalm 91.

A Psalm full of rich imagery that translates into the reality of every day.

Two things struck me particularly:

1. The fundamental security and wellbeing that we find by God. In the deepest part of our psyche we can know that it is fundamentally good with and for us. Not because I say so, but because God says so. That is a revolutionary thought that you find nowhere outside of God’s Word.
2. The suffering of this world contributes to our fullness. I know that sounds unbelievable, but that’s what the Bible says. Suffering adds what is wanting and makes us complete. Without suffering we won’t become what God intended us to become.

I ended the sermon by quoting a few lines from the weblog of a friend of mine who is suffering from terminal cancer. This particular log was written by his daughter who is 15. It appears she has already understood some of this.

You can, of course, be cynical and say that she has been brainwashed at a young age, and when she has more life experience she won’t sing this song any more.

I choose not to believe that. I choose to believe that God is working, through her father’s suffering and her own, to make her full.

What do you think?

Though the cancer seems to be controlling my dad’s ability to live, I take comfort in knowing that the cancer is just part of God’s plan. Just like He also has a plan for you, and for me.
Instead of dwelling on the fact that the time I have left with my dad is short, God has been teaching me to be thankful for the blessing of the 15 years God has put an amazing father in my life.
I truly don’t know how I am going to get along without him, but I am trusting in God to take care of me, and to keep drawing me to Him.

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