Motivational Speaker…

Seriously, if you are not willing to read the below posts from Skip then ignore this post…

Sunburned (1)

by Skip Moen, D. Phil.

Sunburned (2)

by Skip Moen, D. Phil.

Sunburned (3)

by Skip Moen, D. Phil.

Sunburned (4)

by Skip Moen, D. Phil.

Sunburned (5)

by Skip Moen, D. Phil.

Read above (click on the Skip link) then read below… Remember context…

How do we read The Psalms (maybe The Proverbs too)? Are they just feel good text, words to motivate and caution us? It is like going to see a Motivational Speaker, works for a while but then goes the way of New Year’s Resolutions.

How real is David to us? His life alone should be an example of grace abounding, forgiveness and reconciliation, despair and joy. We have said in the past that the “law” cannot save us, and by golly David is proof of that for sure. Yet how can you ignore that David was called a “man after God’s own Heart”? You don’t ignore it? Are you sure?

Maybe a more non-confrontational question might be, what did David do that gave him that designation? Did he go to a class and get a cert? Did he buy a t-shirt? As you can tell, these are things he “could have done”, yet who called David that? God (YHVH) called him that, and as we have seen many others in the past in scriptures. If God called you something then all we needed to do is look at what you did to know why you were called that (good and bad). What “fruit” did they produce that gave us that taste of them, or should I say what the people they lived with “ate”. Oh, is fruit only a NT thing?

David’s psalms are a read about so many topics, all relevant to him. David was accountable for himself to God and he knew it. He knows what God expects, and knows when he falls short. He also knows He has a relationship with YHVH and can lay it all at his feet (sounds again like an NT thought).

One of the many things that I like about David is that unlike the Motivational Speaker that only gets you “up”, David shares his deepest lows, pains, aches. A heart that cries out for help, revenge, thanksgiving, blessing, pain. Maybe not the Motivational Speaker you were expecting?

But here is the challenge, God called David, David followed God. God recognized his relation with David and dealt with him as such. But none of that applies to you if you don’t believe in the “how David served God” relationship, what he understood and tried to do to please His Anointer and Creator. The definition of YHVH’s ways was clear to him. Not for salvation but for Covenant.

Repeating David’s psalms might sound nice, even makes some really good songs, but without the relationship behind the words (of the writer not the reader) then they are just words, motivational quips.

Put Psalms 1 up on the fridge, and see how that affects your day. If it is not applicable then the rest does not apply to you either…

Shalom/Chairete,

Bob

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