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Songs of Joy or Cries for Help?

March 25, 2018

Good news and bad news and yeah:

Some became fools through their rebellious ways and suffered affliction because of their iniquities. They loathed all food and drew near the gates of death. Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind. Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works with songs of joy.  — Psalm 107:17-22

Writing on that paragraph in Disciplines 2018page 88, Yale University’s Willie James Jennings says —

“We can find ourselves in pits so deep and dark that we cannot even manage our escape; at those times we can remember what God has done for us in the past.

“Sometimes others remind us of what God has done for them or we remind others.

“Those who have experienced God’s redemption must speak of it often.

“We join in the throng of those who ‘tell of God’s deeds with songs of joy.'”

Where are you today?

In a grave as Psalm 107 puts it?

Or is this a day to “remind others” of how faithful God is?

What exactly is going on between you and our Lord today?

In the words of those early Methodists, “How is it with your soul?”

Take some time with your answer; you’re worth the effort…Christ Jesus said so, with his life and death and resurrection.

And may your Palm Sunday be a blessed one!



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