We pray for our enemies, even as we ask God to put an end to all the schemes of wickedness, which are expressions of that great spiritual conflict.
Sometimes God delivers us in dramatic, immediate ways. Other times, God’s work unfolds slowly over time, and only in looking back can we fully capture the slow work of God in our lives.
As David longed for the day when a temple would stand in Jerusalem and God’s presence would fill the holy of holies, so we long for the day when we will be in the full presence of God.
Holiness is fundamentally about the presence of God being restored into our lives, our other relationships and, indeed, in the world.
This season between the two comings of Jesus is the time for vibrant mission.
David was a man after God’s own heart; Jesus is the very heart of God Himself. Jesus is the perfect embodiment of the righteous rule and reign of God.
In the incarnation, God turns the tables on the world and sets into motion the great reversal.
One generation commending the works of God to another is the primary means of evangelism throughout the ages.
In the gospel, the great and glorious God of the highest heavens looks down upon us and comes to dwell in our midst to rescue us and to redeem us.