Psalm 34, Beginning Our Prayers with Praise, Part 3

In the article “Psalm 34, Part 2,” we discussed certain principles of praise described by David that we can apply to our prayers. In this article, we will discuss the results that can come to us from prayers of praise and thanksgiving.

The first result is this: the joy of looking “to him” shows in the radiance of our faces. As Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 3:18, we behold the glory of Christ with “unveiled” countenance. This glory of Christ is transforming us “into the same image [as that of Christ] from one degree of glory to another.” It shines within us for two reasons: the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the glory of the whole Triune God, blazes within us and shines forth from us from within; the act of praying in the name of Jesus gives us immediate access into the holy of holies in heaven and the majesty of God bathes our whole beings in light.

Psalm 34, Beginning Our Prayers with Praise, Part 2

Confess Our Fears

In our last article, we stated that Psalm 34 teaches us to begin our prayers with praise. In this article, we will explore how Psalm 34 teaches us specific principles of praise.

We naturally go to the Lord in prayer when we are in trouble, but do we go to him in thanksgiving and gratitude when God has delivered us through turmoil? The first principle of praise, therefore, is to seek the Lord after He has answered our prayers (v.4). This is what David did when God carried him through his encounter with Abimelech, the Philistine king with whom he had sought refuge.

Psalm 34, Beginning Our Prayers with Praise, Part 1

One can rightly entitle the book of Psalms Israel’s Prayer Book. It can also be called The Church’s Prayer Book. These titles are warranted because in the psalms we have templates that teach us how to pray in all circumstances. Psalm 34 teaches us how to pray after God has delivered us through a calamity. The main point of the psalm is that we should praise the Lord, who is continuously with us, because he hears our prayers and acts upon them.

This psalm is difficult to classify because it is an Individual Lament Psalm, a Prayer and a Wisdom Psalm. It is a modified acrostic psalm that uses each letter of the Hebrew alphabet in order to form the first word of each of its phrases, something that we miss in translation.

Making Sense of the Surreal: The Worldview of American Politics, Part 2

In the previous article, I discussed two important characteristics of the version of postmodernism that dominates American political life.

The first is the belief that truth and with it, reality, is a social construct. This leads to an obsession with language and political power, because they have the ability to reshape social constructs and with them, truth (as perceived by the public) and reality itself.

Making Sense of the Surreal: The Worldview of American Politics, Part 1

American politics seems to have taken a turn to the surreal. At Netroots Nation a few weeks ago, Martin O’Malley, running to be the Democratic candidate for the presidency, was booed offstage and later apologized for saying “all lives matter” rather than the obligatory “Black lives matter.”

The President has made homosexual rights a major theme of his foreign policy, pressuring nations in the Global South to support same sex marriage, yet he also supported the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and has just reached a deal with Iran, both of which execute homosexuals.

Revival and Confession

In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple....And I said: "Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!" Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: "Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for." Isaiah 6:1, 5-7

The Delay
How many years have you been praying for revival to come to America? For many of my Christian friends, the answer is not measured in mere years, but decades; and after so much time, we have to wonder how much longer our prayers will go unanswered. We even have to wonder whether God has already given us His answer: No. Perhaps God sees what we see as we peruse the daily news – incremental steps inexorably moving the American people further and further away from Him. Perhaps He knows our hearts are not going to change.

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