Category Archives: Scripture

Psalm 118:18

Martin Luther once referred to Psalm 118 as his “own beloved psalm.”  What a glorious Psalm it is.  I’ve read it multiple times, but only recently did this one particular vers stick out to me.

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Wow.  What astounding words.  As filthy wretched sinners, we deserve nothing but death and damnation, but the Lord in his mercy has yet to give us over.  People often say, “If God really existed, he wouldn’t have let X happen.”  Yet scripture shows he disciplines us and any way that he choose is far gentler than what we deserve.  That fact that we have not yet been given over to death shows astounding mercy.

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Mark 8:36

Ever since I started to really dig into scripture, this verse has been my favorite.  And althought I’m an ESV guy,the KJV version of this verse it the one I like the best.  For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

 

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It’s a verse that I feel doesn’t require a whole lot of context to understand.  A verse that strikes at the very heart strings of man and plunges him head long towards the gospel.  Everytime I read this verse, I can’t help but feel a deep regret for every wretched sin that I have ever commited.  This is a verse that drops me quite literally to me knees in prayerful repentence.

Lord Jesus Christ, forgive this wretched sinner for all the evil in which he has done.  Bring him into repentence and lead him into your glory and righteousness.  We profit nothing by our own doing, but by your grace and mercy through your shed blood on the cross, we are deemed righteous though we we are unworthy of such a gift.  Amen.

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