YOU AND I
Suggested Reading: Psalm 77
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Key Verse: Psalms 77:12-13
I will also meditate on all Your work, and talk of Your deeds. Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary; Who is so great as our God?
Dr. John Hull, our new Crossroads global leader, earned his doctorate from one of the most highly respected theological colleges in the world, Gordon Conwell Seminary of South Hamilton, Massachusetts (click here to learn more about this excellent centre of learning). John shares his insights with us on Psalm 77 here on today’s blog. Here’s John…
God is not embarrassed by the transparency of our prayers. In Psalm 77, the writer is transparent and authentic in his desperate need for God — and in his own inability to live godly apart from holy God. The writer’s humanity asks the same kind of questions we often ask: Will the Lord accept me or reject me? Will I ever expect His favor again when things seem so hard? Is He withholding His compassion because He’s angry at me? Amazing isn’t it? The transparent thoughts of ancient and modern man seem to have little variance.The Psalmist presses on though, beyond the questions, the doubts and the insecurities toward peace and victory! His process? He doesn’t focus on life’s challenges nor upon his own fallen state. Instead, he finds peace and comfort by focusing on the very character of God. He recharges his spirit by focusing on God as holy, powerful, and purposeful. The take-away of Psalm 77 is when one is overwhelmed by life and/or fear, focus on the perfection of God, the wisdom of God and the inability of God to ever do wrong. It’s within the character of God that we find peace within the character of our lives. -John
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord I thank You for the privilege of praying daily with all who share prayer needs in response to this blog. I ask for blessings and “Yes” or “No” or “Wait” answers to prayer for each person. In Jesus Name I come before Your throne of mercy. I pray Your blessing upon Your servant John Hull. Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I want all our blog partners to get to know John Hull better. This is why I’ve asked him to participate in the blogs of yesterday and today. He and his wife Sharon are now living in an apartment just a few buildings over from Norma-Jean and me here in Burlington. John will be hosting the daily 100 Huntley Street telecasts for two weeks starting November 12th. Ron and Ann will be helping Norma-Jean and me to lead a great group of people in a pilgrimage to the Holy Land during those days. Moira Brown, John Hull, and perhaps Dr. Jerry Johnson, will be providing exciting and in-depth content. Check out 100 Huntley Street TV! (click here for more information). I also want to make an observation about yesterday’s reading. In Psalm 76 Asaph focuses on God and repeats the word “You” (God) several times. Then Asaph switches to the word, “I,” and repeats it a dozen times in the first 12 verses of Psalm 77. No wonder he is discouraged! He is focusing on himself. But he finally gets it right! Our key verse is the turning point. Eleven times in the last 10 verses of Asaph’s hymn he focuses back on God with the words “You” or “Your.” No wonder he is optimistic about life once again! I needed the encouragement from John Hull today, plus my own meditations on the Psalms. I’m ready to head back to the treatment centre in Toronto, using the GO Train and transferring to the TTC subway at Union Station. I leave home here in Burlington at 6:15 a.m.
Yours with thankfulness, meditating on God, and joining our prayers together,