Dear Hope Family,
Not quite two months ago, we were honored to host a Barnabas Center seminar dealing with anxiety, depression, and fear – all products of living in a broken world as broken people with other broken people. While slogging through these at times overwhelming realities, it can be easy to wonder if the Bible with its seeming far remove from our daily experience in 2019 offers any resources for living in this world of disappointment, anxiety, and struggle.
God’s kind provision for all of us is the book of Psalms: 150 unique songs and prayers that invite us to entrust all our of emotions and experiences to God and savor relationship with him through it all. In his Commentary on the Book of Psalms, John Calvin reflects: “I have been accustomed to call this book, I think not inappropriately, “An Anatomy of all the Parts of the Soul,” for there is not an emotion of which anyone can be conscious that is not here represented as in a mirror. Or, rather, the Holy Spirit has here drawn to the life all the griefs, sorrows, fears, doubts, hopes, cares, perplexities, in short, all the distracting emotions with which the minds of men are wont to be agitated.
This summer we will devote our Sunday morning sermons to learning this language of the heart, this “Anatomy of all the Parts of the Soul”. The gateway for us into learning to pray the Psalms will be Psalm 13, a psalm of lament.
Please join me in praying that God would grow us in the grace and knowledge of Him as we continue to learn how to navigate a broken world as broken people alongside other broken people. Most of all, pray that we would agree with the hymn-writer, “Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus; O for grace to trust him more!”
Grace and peace,