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As a Father Shows

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!” Like many praise hymns in the book of Psalms, Psalm 103 begins with a call to worship, both for the community being called into worship and for the speaker himself doing the calling. May every single piece of our existence reach out to you, God, with praise and adoration and joy! But no hymn in the Psalms ends here. Now must come the litany…

How Majestic

“O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth.” Thus Psalm 8 both begins and ends, with a sudden burst of praise. Our job here in Psalm 8 is simply to praise. Not to analyze or debate, but to marvel and adore. God’s majesty, God’s beauty, everything that makes God wonderful – our whole world is saturated in it. We couldn’t escape if we wanted to. And we don’t want to. God is to be enjoyed,…

The Brag

Throughout 2 Corinthians, Paul has repeatedly challenged us to say yes to the weakness and foolishness of the cross, to embrace everything that makes us an unremarkable clay jar. But as Paul begins to wrap up his letter, he ups the ante. Now our challenge is not only to embrace our weaknesses and limitations, but to actively brag about them! Can you imagine bragging about your flaws and limitations in a job interview or first date? Paul can. Three times…