No More Tears, No More Reproach (Smith)

 I've been enjoying Gary Smith's Isaiah commentary in the "New American Commentary" series.  I haven't read it all, but so far so good!  This morning when studying Isaiah 25 I was looking at verse 8, which says this: "...he [Yahweh] will swallow up death forever.The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces;he will… Continue reading No More Tears, No More Reproach (Smith)

Resources for the Afflicted

Most Christians, at one time or another, go through trials, affliction, distress, and deep sorrow. Whether it be physical pain, spiritual anguish, grief, persecution, or a heavy cross, followers of Jesus face tribulation on their journey to the New Jerusalem.  Sometimes we can’t sleep, we can’t stop crying, and we can’t stop asking God “why?”… Continue reading Resources for the Afflicted

The Sweetness of Tears

 Sometimes Christians forget the sweetness that can exist along with the bitterness of tears.  Because we live in a culture that focuses on entertainment, instant amusement, glamor, fame, and popularity, it is easy for us to jump on the bandwagon by doing our best to avoid tears, pain, and sorrow.  Everyone is searching for happiness and trying… Continue reading The Sweetness of Tears

Affliction: The Christian’s Great Teacher

 Though affliction, trials, suffering, and sorrow are difficult to bear in this life, they are not meaningless for the Christian.  In fact, as Paul says, God can uses affliction for our good (Rom 8).  Thomas Watson, in All Things for Good, lists several ways how affliction works for the good of God's people.  I've slightly… Continue reading Affliction: The Christian’s Great Teacher

Weeping, Lamenting, Worship

These are some great words to think about in the context of corporate worship and Christian lament, grief, and sorrow.  In this context, Andrew Byers is talking about the cries found in the Psalter. "At some point along the way the Western church stopped associating weeping with worship.  It probably occurred about the time we stopped reading… Continue reading Weeping, Lamenting, Worship