All posts in " psalms "

Wipe disingenuous smiles off our faces

By Dave Henning / September 15, 2022

“The Suffering Servant invites us, in our pain, to wipe disingenuous smiles off our faces and start living honestly concerning how damaged and hurt we feel.  He commands that we be righteously angry and that we hate what is evil, even as we cling to what is good.”- Scott Sauls “Let love be genuine.  Abhor […]


Where Christ remodels us – solitude

By Dave Henning / December 6, 2021

“Solitude is the place where Christ remodels us in his own image and frees us from the victimizing compulsions of the world.”- Henri Nouwen, The Way of the Heart “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”- Luke 5:16 (NIV) In Chapter 8 (“The Cultivation of Solitude”) of Transforming Loneliness, Ruth Graham stresses that […]


Apparent tensions in the Psalms

By Dave Henning / August 1, 2021

“These apparent tensions in the Psalms begin to make sense only in the experience of honest prayer.  In coming out of hiding, you will come to realize that you often have conflicting feelings and thoughts about God, yourself, and prayer.  Sharing these feelings is part of abiding.  Sharing these struggles affirms that God can hear […]


Prayer book of the church – the Psalms

By Dave Henning / July 25, 2021

“The Psalms are the church’s prayer book [because] . . . they are the prayers of the people of God that find their fullest meaning in Christ’s own praying of them.  We now pray these in Christ and in the name of Christ, and in him those prayers can become our own. . . .  […]


A warning sign something’s wrong – anger

By Dave Henning / June 28, 2020

“Anger isn’t wrong, but it is a warning sign that something isn’t right in your world.  It’s there to alert you for your protection.  Staying on alert for too long and acting under that pressure is where problems often occur.  Assess your situation, control your responses, and act constructively.”- Phil Waldrep Phil Waldrep concludes Chapter […]


A road to conversation with God

By Dave Henning / November 12, 2017

“My emotions — the ones that a full schedule and an outwardly productive life can prevent me from feeling — are a road to conversation with God.  The hidden places of my heart get exposed and He responds.”- Sara Hagerty Sara Hagerty concludes Chapter 9 of Unseen as she notes that the hidden places help […]


A glorious and perpetual state of serenity?

By Dave Henning / January 10, 2017

“But unfortunately, we can’t live . . . in a glorious and perpetual state of serenity and tranquility.”- Judah Smith In Chapter 3 (“Surprised by My Soul”) of How’s Your Soul?, Judah Smith notes that, more often than we’d care to admit, our souls go through emotional upheavals.  Furthermore, we find it confusing- shocking- disconcerting. […]

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