This is eclectic. Some people may wonder why I avoid cereals and grains in general. This is why.
The sermon today was powerful, on anxiety. This is not from that. It is from another pastor in my town, and what he put up is important and wise.
We can often think of battles in life being the situations that happen around us and to us. Yet there is a powerful, unseen battle in life – that of our thoughts. Even long after situations have passed, fears, doubts, worries, anger, and fantasy continue to swirl around and occupy our thoughts. Thoughtfulness is good, but thoughts can also overtake and overwhelm us. David “wrestles” with his thoughts. They seem to be whispering to him that God has forgotten him (“Will you forget me forever?” Psalm 13:1). They weigh him down and bring pain (“How long must I…have sorrow in my heart?”)Azriel Gray (Pastor) Grace Bible Church, Facebook.
Jesus has come to redeem us – and that includes our thoughts. David wrestles his sorrowful thoughts to the ground by remembering God’s unfailing love (“But I trust in your unfailing love…” Psalm 13:5). God’s love fills his heart with joy (“…my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.” Psalm 13:5b-6). So, we wrestle our wrong thoughts to the ground by speaking the truth of the gospel to them – of Jesus’ unfailing love.
Today’s reading, if you follow the revised lectionary, contains this:
Psalm 126Revised Common Lectionary, PCUSA Missions Agency.
1When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dream.
2Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then it was said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
3The LORD has done great things for us,
and we rejoiced.
4Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
like the watercourses in the Negeb.
5May those who sow in tears
reap with shouts of joy.
6Those who go out weeping,
bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
carrying their sheaves.
One of the applications from today’s sermon is to not recall the things that we did, but the things that God has done. The mercies in our lives. The daily reliability of this world. The witness of nature. Look not at our own lives, but at God’s.
And praise him for his bounty, choosing the real over the fake, labeled healthy.