A study on the entirety of Psalm 51. I am only about two-thirds of the way through the book, but God has already used it to reveal so much to me aboutA study on the entirety of Psalm 51. I am only about two-thirds of the way through the book, but God has already used it to reveal so much to me about my sin and His mercy. I am both convicted and overjoyed every time I pick it up. I could go on and on, which I will do a little here...
The biggest "stand out" for me was in the very first meditation. He talked about bringing your righteousness to God. This phrase really rang true for me, "Rather than appealing to the mercy of the Lord in the face of my sin, what I actually do instead is function as my own self defense lawyer and present a list of arguments for my own righteousness." He suggests that, "before you can ever make a clean and unamended confession of your sin, you have to first begin by confessing your righteousness." That our righteousness separates us from God just as much as our sin! It keeps us from seeking forgiveness and mercy. We have no argument to make. Our only chance is to appeal to God's mercy. And He does look on us with mercy because of Jesus' work. We don't have to hide behind our righteousness because we have been personally and eternally blessed!
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Psalm 51:1
And the other meditation that stood out to me and has come to mind often was titled "Violent Grace" and focused on Psalm 51:8 Let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
Tripp argues that, "we all have the perverse capacity to be comfortable with what God says is wrong. So God blesses us with violent, uncomfortable grace." He loves us enough to crush us. The pain we feel when God reveals our sin is a good thing. It is a warning that something is wrong - like the pain of a broken bone. A reminder that we need God's grace! As Tripp says, "it isn't always comfortable because he isn't primarily working on our comfort; he's working on our character...With violent grace he will crush us because he loves us and is committed to our restoration, deliverance, and refinement."...more
Alternating between two voices, the story kept my interest. However, both perspectives were so extreme it was hard to be sympathetic to the charactersAlternating between two voices, the story kept my interest. However, both perspectives were so extreme it was hard to be sympathetic to the characters. I kept hoping someone would eventually come to embrace both Christianity and culture, but it never happened....more
I think I lost this book! Which is lame because it is a library book and I didn't get to finish it! UPDATE I found it under the seat of my car and finisI think I lost this book! Which is lame because it is a library book and I didn't get to finish it! UPDATE I found it under the seat of my car and finished it. I liked it overall, but the beginning was better than the end I think....more