The Chair and the Desk, 3/11/16

From the chair:

“And there you will serve gods of wood and stone, the work of human hands, that neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell. But from there you will seek the LORD your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul. When you are in tribulation, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, you will return to the LORD your God and obey his voice. For the LORD your God is a merciful God. He will not leave you or destroy you or forget the covenant with your fathers that he swore to them.”

-Deuteronomy 4:28-31

I’m struck, in this passage, by God’s mercy. He knows how foolishly the people whom he has rescued will ignore him and worship stupid things, but he still promises grace and even salvation from themselves.

I’m struck, in this passage, by our obstinacy. Even this offer, which meets us much more than halfway, was never enough for us. We couldn’t even live up to this concession–no matter what you’ve done, just turn back to me with all your heart–and we needed Jesus Christ to fulfill this part of the law for us too.

I’m struck, in this passage, by God’s faithfulness. Jesus Christ did fulfill this part of the law for us too. As the perfect human, he sought God with all his heart and soul as we never could, and he gave his Spirit to help us seek God as we never have. Truly, the LORD our God is a merciful God: He has not left us or destroyed us or forgotten the covenant with our fathers that he swore to them.

From the desk:


Praise Him
with Blues and Jazz,
with symphony orchestras,
with Negro spirituals
and Beethoven’s Fifth,
with guitars and saxophones.

Praise Him
with record players and cassette recorders.

Let everything that hath breath,
every living cell,
Praise the Lord.


-Ernesto Cardenal, “Psalm 150,”

This excerpt from Ernesto Cardenal’s poem was in one of my books for class today, and I was a bit shocked–a bit shocked into a moment of worship. The whole poem is worth a read, and it paints a beautiful picture of praise inspired by Psalm 150.

“The chair” is the one Annie aptly chose for the corner of our living room, and it’s where I am committed to daily hearing from God’s Word–the Word I above all else hope to speak to others. “The desk” is the one by my coffee grounds and spare charger (if I get to the library early enough); it’s where I have the privilege of reading and thinking all day, where I intend to learn for others’ sake.


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