KFUO AM has a slot on Wednesday afternoons at 5 central where the hosts talk to ScotK (general editor of TDP) about that day's TDP readings - which I listened to yesterday while driving home from shutin visits. In the past Scot has posted on his blog mp3s of the show (and here's another and another.) He's understandably busy with other stuff right now, but I do hope he gets to post yesterday's. There was a discussion of the humor in the Balaam/Balak interchange. But more important for me was to hear Psalm 22:19-26 again. It was a rough day. Lots of bad news and heartache, both among the members and things at other times on the radio about our nation's condition. But my weary heart heard these promises and was strengthened. May the Lord use them to strengthen you as well:
24 For He has not despised or abhorred
the affliction of the afflicted,
and He has not hidden His face from him,
but has heard, when he cried to Him.
25 From You comes my praise in the great ocongregation;
my vows I will perform before those who fear Him.
26 The afflicted shall seat and be satisfied;
those who seek Him shall praise the Lord!
May your hearts live forever!
Only a few minutes earlier, I caught the last minutes of yesterday's Issues, etc - which is running a series on the Ten Commandments this week and next. (Susan, Dr. Steinmann will talk about the 3rd Commandment today.) Make sure to click here to listen to Rev. William Cwirla talk about the 2nd Commandment. He mentioned something I never thought of in connection to the cleansing of the Temple. Not only did Jesus do that back then so that His contemporaries could rightly practice the 2nd Commandment, and not only did He do it as a warning to our day not to turn the House of the Lord into a marketplace, but Jesus did it for all of us as His own perfect fulfillment of the 2nd Commandment. Now the Father does not look at our imperfect keeping of that Commandment, but looks at Christ's active obedience (including the cleansing of the Temple), and credits that obedience to us.
Speaking of Cwirla, this morning I read his excellent blog post on Faith and Doubt. He touches on an awful lot of thoughts that I've been thinking about - especially with last Sunday's Pentecost Feast bringing the Holy Spirit to mind, but also with the recent struggles of faith that the heartache mentioned above has brought. I see that Weedon appreciates it as well.