Morning Musings: Psalm 94:8-11

If you noticed something different about that title, you are not mistaken.  In an effort to keep things fresh and to make sure you know what you’re getting into when you start reading, I’m going to introduce a new section of the blog.  I’ll call this new part, “Morning Musings” (with many thanks to Ron for the title).  

As you may have observed along the way, sometimes the Quick Takes weren’t so quick.  Whatever the topic may have been required a little more space to fully flesh out my thoughts on it.  Sometimes, though, they were indeed quick takes.  Going forward, to help you know which is which, the shorter pieces formerly known as “Quick Takes” are going to become “Morning Musings,” while the longer reflections will be called “Digging in Deeper.”  One or the other (and sometimes both) will still go up about every day, but now you’ll have a little better idea what you are getting into when you start reading.  If you have just a minute, go for the Morning Musing.  If you have a bit more time to reflect with me, Digging in Deeper will be the place to go.  And, because of nature of the topics will require more thought, Digging in Deeper entries will often be focused on issues that are hot topics today.

With all of that said, let’s get to the first Morning Musing…

“Understand, O dullest of the people!  Fools, when will you be wise?  He who planted the ear, does he not hear?  He who formed the eye, does he not see?  He who disciplines the nations, does he not rebuke?  He who teaches man knowledge–the Lord–knows the thoughts of man, that they are but a breath.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

If you have sinned in some way, do not think that God will not notice or that you will get away with it indefinitely.  God sees.  God knows.  God will hold you to account.  Even the secret things will be revealed one day and we will be made to stand and account for each of them.  The best bet we have is to come clean now and walk away from them, never to look back.  Walk in righteousness so that when the time for judging comes, you have nothing to fear.

4 thoughts on “Morning Musings: Psalm 94:8-11

  1. Jana Waits

    This clarification helps- thanks! I’ll be more likely to go ahead and read the Morning Musings when I have a minute rather than skipping til later (and maybe not getting back to it). Digging Deeper will be for a sit down and read time! I get something out of all of them!!

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  2. Ronald E. Keener

    Just to add a point of my own (and from others), I’ve been interested in such books as “What has happened to sin?” or “What became of hell?” (nearly 600 pages on that theme alone). It all seems somewhat old-fashioned, and in today’s culture it may be. But that doesn’t mean the question isn’t still relevant. Such questions still have merit. Author William B. Bradshaw wrote in the HuffPost (2014):
    “Many people today find fault with evangelical Christians, not wanting them to influence life, religion, or politics. But it’s time for us to turn back to our Judeo-Christian roots and spend more time and energy talking about the detrimental consequences of sin and our need as individuals and as a society, regardless of our personal religious convictions, to look to the Ten Commandments of the Old Testament and the two Great Commandments of the New Testament for direction and guidance in these chaotic times, even though it may not be politically correct. What has happened to sin?”

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    • pastorjwaits

      Many people look for a word that captures what is wrong with our nation and our world today. As Christians, we already have this: sin. It’s not at all comfortable to talk about, but we can’t very well understand the world without it. Of course, sin only makes sense as a concept if there is a God whose character defines it (or at the very least an objective standard that does so). In situations like this the relativism our culture yearns to embrace in order to justify its behavior fails to account for the world as it actually is. We can speak with great power and comfort and hope to people who are sitting in this gap. Thanks for your thoughts!

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