Monday, July 25, 2005

one more thought from psalm 124

As I was thinking more about Psalm 124 and all the graphic imagery, I was struck again by what a deficient view of sin we have. We do not treat sin as though it were the great enemy of our souls, as though it was about to entrap and devour us. We coddle it, stroke it and call it anything but sin (bad habits, shortcomings, personality quirks, etc., but not sin). Anyway, as I was thinking about it, the metaphors of Psalm 124 seem to play a crucial role in our battle against sin. It is an enemy that poses as a seemingly harmless pest, or even a friend, but it is always working to destroy us. To fight against it, we must first realize it hostile intentions and then arm ourselves for the fight with the joy of the Lord (Nehemiah 8:10 "...for the joy of the LORD is your strength", ESV)

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