One of the treasures of worship in the Christian church is the Psalter: one hundred and fifty inspired songs, many of them written by David.
I know it’s really hard to do when you’re in complete despair about how things are going now. But don’t manage your expectations based on what circumstances you’re going through right now, but rather on the promise of what will happen when Jesus returns. Set your hope on that.—Michael Horton
How many of our regrets are the words that slipped from our mouths: mounting anger that ruptured into a torrent of destructive ugliness, icy sarcasm that cut deeply into raw and unappreciated sensitivities, relentless criticizing that crushed the other until the tears flowed?
I am one of those ministers who has endured a handful of seasons of anxiety and depression. Most of the time, thankfully, the affliction has been more low-grade than intense. On one occasion, though, it pretty much flattened me physically, emotionally, and even spiritually.
Well, the most important thing here as elsewhere is to distinguish the law from the gospel. The law commands, but the gospel gives.
Why do so many Christians suffer; and why do so many wicked people prosper? Why do the wicked appear blessed with riches and an easy life? Why are so many Christians in the world living below the poverty line?