Psalm 23: God, a Friend in the Midst of Our Sorrows

We all know the “Lord is my shepherd” chapter. It’s a famous passage, right up there with the Lord’s prayer and John 3:16, but did you notice the slight shift that comes in verse 4?

In verses 1-3, David speaks nicely of God. He feeds me, He quenches my thirst, He finds me a shady spot to rest my head. Very idyllic. But look what happens in verse 4! When we enter into the Valley of the Shadow of Death (an actual place, so I hear), David stops referring to God as Lord and starts referring to Him as You. You are with me. You comfort me. You prepare a table for me in the midst of my enemies. When things get hard, David’s relationship with God becomes very personal. Not until David speaks of heaven does he return to speaking of God as by His kingly title of Lord.

Jesus invited us to refer to God as Abba, Daddy. David holds his Savior tight. We too are invited to hold tightly to our Father in the midst of trouble. We need Him always, but especially in those times. Our knee-jerk reaction is to estrange ourselves from Jesus when times of trouble. God invites us to draw closer than we have ever been.

 

Nicodemus: a Tale of the Reluctant Believer

John 3:1-21, 7:40-52, 19:38-42

Nicodemus is a fascinating dude. We see him first in John 3, sneaking in to see Jesus at night. He’s a respected religious leader of high social standing. He wants to know more about this itinerant preacher, but Jesus is a controversial figure, so Nicodemus comes at night. They talk. Nicodemus asks questions and Jesus answers. When Nicodemus can’t make sense of Jesus’ response, the LORD calls him to the ropes. ‘If you, the righteous elite don’t get it, how could anybody else?’ asserts Jesus. Nicodemus undoubtedly leaves befuddled, but Jesus doesn’t push him, nor does He call him out, exposing their meeting to the general public.

Instead, Nicodemus goes home and stews on it. A debate occurs some time later amongst the Jews. People are saying there is no way Jesus could be the Messiah. Nicodemus isn’t sold. He wants to hear more. We can only imagine that Nicodemus is asking around, maybe staying at the back of the crowd while Jesus is making his rounds about Israel. We don’t know if they ever talked again. We don’t see any other reference to Nicodemus until after Jesus is dead.

When Jesus’ body is taken down from the cross, Nicodemus is there, helping anoint him with oil. He gets it. Some would say, ‘too late,’ but it is never too late with God. Three days later, Jesus resurrected and Nicodemus undoubtedly is ready.

You see, for some, coming to acknowledge Jesus is LORD is a quick thing. You’re at a big event or stumble into church or listening to the radio, the preacher makes an altar call, and bam! you’re a believer. For others, it’s a long process. Sometimes, it takes the entirety of their earthly lives; but there is no time for God, only opportunity. The door is open. The invitation is waiting. Will you say, ‘yes,’ to Him?

Aaron’s 1st Musical: CDs Now Available!

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I am incredibly ecstatic to announce that the first shipment of “Into the Word” CDs are now in! This has been a two year process, off-and-on.

Definitely took me on one of the most exciting adventures I’ve been on, spanning two states, involving lots of new friends, and learning tons from seasoned professionals.

Check out IntotheWordMusical.com for more information.

Bless you all!

New Worship Song!: “In Rising Tide”

Hi friends,

I am so excited to share this new song with you. I wrote it with my dad, who is an absolutely amazing musician.

Never before have I been so pushed to get a song just right. I encourage you: share it, sing it, the words and chords are listed below.

Love you all,

Aaron

Summary

V1.I’m tired of running.

V2.I have doubts.

B.In light of who You are,

V3.I will trust in You.

In Rising Tide

Intro

Dmaj7 Bm7 G Dmaj7

Verse 1

Dmaj7                 Bm7

God, my Father, Jesus, His Son,

G         Dmaj7

Won’t you guide me into your love?

Dmaj7                  Bm7

I’ve been running since I was a child

G         Dmaj7

Now I am weary of being so wild

Chorus

G                   Dmaj7

You’re my light in fading day

Bm7 Cmaj9

You’re my joy          always

Dmaj7              Bm7

You’re my truth in sinking sand

Cmaj9       Dmaj7

Teach me to stand in rising tide

Verse 2

Dmaj7                    Bm7

I’ve got questions, assuage my doubt

G         Dmaj7

Spirit, please fill me when I am without

Dmaj7             Bm7

I’m insufficient without your grace

G         Dmaj7

So I am holding onto Your face

Chorus

 

G                   Dmaj7

You’re my light in fading day

Bm7 Cmaj9

You’re my joy          always

Dmaj7              Bm7

You’re my truth in sinking sand

Cmaj9       Dmaj7

Teach me to stand in rising tide

Bridge

Dmaj7

At the sound of Your voice,

Bm7               Cmaj9

mountains shake, hearts quake

Dmaj7

At the air from Your breath,

Bm7                   Cmaj9 Dmaj7

mountains rise, we drop all disguis es

Instrumental/Prayer

Dmaj7                         Bm7

Dear God, thank you for bringing me into Your presence

G                             Dmaj7

Fill me with Your essence, I am Yours

Verse 3

Dmaj7                       Bm7

Jesus, I’m here now giving my all

G               Dmaj7

I trust you completely, into Your arms I do fall

Dmaj7                       Bm7

When I reach heaven, I will exclaim

G                 Dmaj7

Praise God my Father, praise Your Holy name

Cuz…

Chorus

G                   Dmaj7

You’re my light in fading day

Bm7 Cmaj9

You’re my joy          always

Dmaj7              Bm7

You’re my truth in sinking sand

Cmaj9       Dmaj7

Teach me to stand in rising tide

Dmaj7…. (fade)

(Amen)

End of Book 2

Hi friends,

Thus concludes the end book 2. If you’ve so far enjoyed the ride, please consider purchasing “All Together One,” now available on Amazon for only 6 BUCKS, plus free shipping if you have Prime.

You can also listen to the audio version here:

In just a few days, we will return to our regular scheduled programming. Thanks for being awesome.

Cheers,
Aaron