Tag Archive | tripp

Sneak Peek

As you know, I reading some great books listed HERE, as inspired by Lifeasmom’s Booking it 2010 challenge.   I already changed my list (!), by adding a book mentioned in my last post, called A Shelter in the Time of Storm, by Paul David Tripp.

I highly recommend this book for everyone!  The author provides a very thoughtful, gentle study of Psalm 27, composed of 52 short chapters, some poetry, and a few personal and insightful study questions.  If you’d like to know more, please listen/watch this 3-minute YouTube video from Crossway books.  The video will minister to you, even before you get your hands on the book   PS. I’m not making any money on this—I jus think the book is TERRIFIC!

Secure in Him

“He will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock”
Psalm 27:5

 

I’m feeling better, brain is working, and ideas are flowing again!  I see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! (Ps 27:13). 

Praise the LORD!  My sister-in-law, Becky, was pronounced CANCER FREE this week by the doctor and medical staff that have been treating her over the past 9 months!!  She was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer last May, and underwent extensive, painful surgery and difficult chemo treatments!  Undergirding all the medical treatment, was constant prayer for healing and comfort! ! [I posted some thoughts and battles about her cancer HERE and HERE.] 

Can we praise the Lord, even if we don’t understand the trial, or why it happened? Is our security in our understanding?  I hope not.  I hate cancer.  I don’t understand why it strikes so randomly.  As I pray for others with cancer, like Kate McCrae and Matt Chandler, I wrestle with a lot of ‘whys’, but my security and peace aren’t based on having all the answers.  Paul David Tripp says in his book on Psalm 27:

You are not secure because you have control or understanding.  You are secure even though you are weak, imperfect, and shortsighted.  You are secure for one reason and one reason alone:  God exists and he is your Father.  He will never leave your side.  He will never fail to provide.  He will make good on everything he has promised.  And he has the power to do so.  He is Lord.”

So, in our weakness and lack of understanding, let us run with prayer and praise to our loving Father, and find shelter in His rich mercy, mighty power, sovereign rule, unsurpassed grace, and unconditional love.

What “whys” is he asking you to relinquish to Him?

A Dangerous Prayer

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is heaven.”  Matt. 6:10

How well do I know these words?  How often do I pray/say them?   But do I mean them?  Paul David Tripp suggests how dangerous these words may be–to my little kingdom: 

 

“There are things I want in my life, and I not only want them, but I know how, when, and where I want them!  I want my life to be comfortable…my schedule to be unobstructed and predictable…people around me to esteem and appreciate me…control over the situations and relationships in my life…I don’t want to suffer.  I don’t want to leave without…What I am saying is that I want my kingdom to come and my will to be done.

Thy kingdom come is a dangerous prayer, for it means the death of your own sovereignty.  It means your life will be shaped by the will of Another.  It means that you will experience the messiness, discomfort, and difficulty of God’s refining grace.  It means surrendering the center of your universe to the One who alone deserves to be there.  It means loving God above all else and your neighbor as yourself.  It means experiencing the freedom that can only be found when God breaks you bondage to You!  It means finally living for the one glory that is truly glorious, the glory of God.

Thy kingdom come, are words of surrender, words of protection, words of grace that can only be prayed by those who’ve been delivered by the Redeemer from…the kingdom of self.” [1]

 

Unlike many governments in place today, God’s kingdom is not one to be feared.  God’s kingdom is a reign of grace (A.W. Pink).  The ruler and King is Jesus, full of grace and truth, “blessed and only Sovereign, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” (I Tim. 6:15) .

His kingdom is also a reign of love.  “But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us!”  (Rom. 8:37).  “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.  We love, because He first loved us.” ( I John 4:18,19)

And so much more:

The kingdom of God is righteousness, and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Romans 14:17

 “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”  Matt. 6:33

For He delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”  Col. 1:13, 14

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A dangerous prayer?  Yes, to my self-driven kingdom of one.  But more so, a comforting prayer, as I surrender to the One who loves perfectly;  He became poor, took on my griefs and sorrows, died, and rose again!  I can trust Him.  Why do I fear, when His kingdom is the safest place to be? 

 

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is heaven.

  

 

[1] Paul David Tripp, Whiter than Snow: Mediations on Sin and Mercy. Crossway Books, 2008. Wheaton, IL.  pps 61-62.

One Clean Heart Needed

Create in me a clean heart, O God.”  Psalm 51:10

“Could there be a more fundamental prayer request than this? Could there be anything more essential than this?

“We need grace to transform what we love, what we crave, and what we serve. And what’s the bright and golden promise of the cross of Jesus Christ?  It’s a new heart!

“Here’s the gorgeous message of the gospel:  even though I’ve bowed again and again to an endless catalog of God ‘replacements,’ even though I’ve loved myself more than I’ve loved God, even though I’ve rebelled against God’s kingdom and sought to set up my own kingdom, God comes to me in grace and wraps arms of love around me and begins a process that will result in the total transformation of the core of my personhood, the heart.  He won’t rest and he won’t relent until He’s created in you and me a completely pure heart!

“So with thankfulness for the transformation that’s already taken place and with the courage of hope of the transformation yet to come, we wake up, look to heaven, and say with David, ‘Create in me a clean heart!‘”

Paul David Tripp, Whiter Than Snow:  Meditation of Sin and MercyCrossway Books, IL (2008).  Pgs. 113-115.

Whiter than Snow

I just listened to one of the most soothing, comforting, and convicting poems I’ve ever heard–and I have to share it!  Over and over again, I’ve listened and been washed in God’s grace, challenged to emulate the same.   The poem was an excerpt from Paul David Tripp’s new book, Whiter than Snow: Meditations on Sin and Mercy, a one-of-a-kind poem and prose commentary on Psalm 51.  The meditations explore God’s gift of love towards us, and share  (as the publisher puts it), “mercy for every wrong and grace for every new beginning.”   For an exceptional  review of the book, I highly recommend reading Tony Reinke’s blog, Miscellanies.  

This poem/reading by the author will convict, bless and inspire you.  May it also create a hunger to read more of Psalm 51, and Tripp’s book.  I’m ordering mine now.