David’s Greatest Song

We all have things we treasure, love, care deeply about. Things we would deeply miss if we lost them. For some it’s people. For others it’s a hobby or career. For children it may be their favorite toy. Each of us, Kings, Paupers and everyone in between, has a treasure our heart longs for.

King David had many things that he loved. Consider the relationships, wealth and power of a King. David had many wives whom he cared for. His Kingdom was full of riches from around the known world. He had the power to command anyone in his Kingdom to do nearly anything he desired. King David had all that the world could offer, yet, in the Magnum Opus of the greatest hymn writer, (Psalm 119) all earthly treasure faded into the background. His heart overflowed for his greatest love.

If you don’t have time to read the whole chapter right now, just read through these excerpts:

Psalm 119:11

I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

Psalm 119:103

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Psalm 119:105

[ Nun ] Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Psalm 119:139

My zeal consumes me, because my foes forget your words.

Psalm 119:147

I rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in your words.

Psalm 119:162

I rejoice at your word like one who finds great spoil.

Psalm 119:172

My tongue will sing of your word, for all your commandments are right.


In these few verses, it’s clear that David clings to God’s Word for guidance and sanctification. He delights in God’s Word like his mouth delights in good food. That his hope is in God’s Word. That his love for God’s Word fills him with so much joy that he can’t help by sing about it. For David, the Word of God was so much more than a mere book. For Him it was the very breath of God, bringing his soul back to life. Illuminating the darkest places of His heart.

We have grown numb

When I read David’s shameless emoting about God’s Word, it magnifies the deadness in my own heart towards the object of David’s affection. How often I roll out of bed and grumpily open God’s Word to check a box on my to-do list. How often has someone shared with me how God’s Word has spoken to them, and I smile, but, in my heart, I just want to do anything else. How many times do I come to the end of a day and know that my soul needs more, yet I want nothing more than to fall asleep.

Apparently I am not alone. According to a recent poll 19% of people who believe that the Bible is the actual or inspired word of God read the Bible 4 times per week or more. So 81% of people who believe they hold a special revelation from God in their hands don’t engage with it regularly.

The root cause

The  reason we are so cold to the Word of God is that we have a worship problem. We all have 24 hours in a day, and we all choose to spend that time based on what our hearts want most. Sadly, if we are not engaging in God’s word daily, that means that everything we spend time doing is something we love more than God’s Word. (Luke 6:43-45)

So just pull up my boot straps and read it, right?

We can’t muster up a love of God’s Word by simply reading it more. Reading the Word in our own power and our own strength will profit us nothing. (Psalm 127:1-2) The Bible is not a magical book. Reading the words on the page alone won’t change us. We need something more.

The better way.

  1. Pray that the Holy Spirit will make us more like Jesus. We cannot change our hearts, but God can and will. (2 Thess 2:13, 1 Peter 1:2)

  2. Invite the Holy Spirit to speak through his Word. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would speak to us through God’s Word. (John 16:13-14)

  3. Get Help. Now that we are relying on the Spirit and not ourselves, we can open God’s Word and start reading. There are a ton of free and inexpensive resources available to get more out of your time in the Word including:

    1. Youversion: This was one of the first Bible apps and is still the most popular. It has some great reading plans to guide you. I’m currently going through the ESV Study Bible plan because it’s a great mixture of Old and New Testament readings each day. Josh is currently listening (audio version in the Bible app) to the M’Cheyne one year reading plan.

    2. ESV Study Bible/Reformation Study Bible: These are both great study bibles that are full of notes to help you understand each passage.

    3. Commentaries: There are very smart people who have studied the Bible for a lifetime who share their thoughts on many books of the Bible. Listening to their interpretations can help illuminate the Scripture for you. As you study a book, ask your MC leader for recommendations of good commentaries.

    4. Your Pastor/Elder/MC leader: If you want to make your MC Leader’s day, tell them that you want help studying Scripture. Any Pastor who loves the church God has put in his care will be excited to help you, or even study the Bible with you.

    5. Preaching at Sunday Gatherings: In our church we regularly preach through books of the Bible. That that opportunity to study the same book. Get a commentary for yourself and read it. Learn along with your Pastor.

    6. Share God’s Word in Community: A good meal that is shared with friends tastes sweeter. Likewise, when you find a great treasure in God’s Word, sharing it with the family enhances your enjoyment of it. Share what the Holy Spirit teaches you with your Missional Community. The Holy Spirit may want to use you to teach the same Word you received to someone else.


RH Messages (finally) on iTunes

Well we have finally caught up to 2015 and have our message audio on iTunes :)

We have been slowly working through some stuff with our website, one of them being getting our message to go to iTunes so people can subscribe. As of now we are working backwards so the most current message series, 1 Peter, is up and we are working on adding 2014 message. We have 9 messages up at this point and will be adding more as the weeks go on. Click on image below to be redirected and subscribe. 

For those of you who are interested in a message that isn't online, you can look up the different series we have done here, and download most messages to your computer or stream them online. 

Reverse Gospel Grid

Over the past few weeks in our RH Basics series, we've looked at Who God is and What God has done. Over the next few weeks we will look at Who it is we are and What we are to do. We call this the Gospel grid. It is the framework that shows us how God intended things to be, so that who we are and what we do flow naturally out from who He is and what He's done.

We see this grid perfected in the story of creation, as everything was perfect upon creation. We are His image-bearing creation. Bearing his image includes hanging out with God and stewarding His stuff. Yet when the fall happened, this 'Gospel Grid' was reversed.

What did Adam and Eve do? They ate the forbidden fruit. Who did they perceive themselves to be? Unloved children. What had God done (in their eyes)? Withheld from them, even lied. So who was God (in their eyes)? They were. They were their own god's.

This reversing of the Gospel-grid can be a helpful diagnostic tool for families, fight clubs, missional communities, etc., for getting to the root sin issue. Let me give you an example I had to wrestle with to illustrate.

What did I do? I was bitter.
Who was I? Misunderstood; I was not appreciated.
What had God done? He hadn’t recognized my 'perfectly good awesomeness.'
Who was God for me in that situation? My ‘God’ was the approval of others.

It was easy to see my outward sin (bitterness) but what I really needed to see was the root of my sin. I was being bitter because I was looking to other’s approval as though it were God.

I would encourage you to use this reverse method as a diagnostic tool on your own. Use it in your fight clubs and if you are a parent, in your parenting. However, it is important to know that each time you reverse the grid it will look different. I was bitter because I was failing to get other's approval. Yet someone else could be bitter because they want control they don't possess. Walking through this backwards will probably be most effective in community with people listening to your story and asking questions to understand just where your heart is in regards to believing lies about yourself and God. Below are a few more examples to help you think this through more visually:

Remember, when you start with  you,  then you answer  "Who is God",  he will always be a lowercase "g" god. Meaning, this is  not  really who God is, it is who you believe god to be, it is an idol of your own making.

Remember, when you start with you, then you answer "Who is God", he will always be a lowercase "g" god. Meaning, this is not really who God is, it is who you believe god to be, it is an idol of your own making.

Expulsive Power of a New Affection

This past Sunday I taught about our affections for Jesus and how only by having greater affections for Jesus, will we have any victory over sin. Much of the thinking was gleaned from Thomas Chalmers work called, The Expulsive Power of a New Affection. Here are a couple quote from yesterdays message. 

"address the eye of his mind with another object, with charm powerful enough to dispose the first of its influence and to engage him in some other prosecution as full of interest, hope and congenial activity as the former" (pg. 4)

The love of God and the love of this world, are two affections, not merely in a state of rivalship, but in a state of enmity- and that so irreconcilable, that they cannot dwell together in the same bosom.” (pg 6)

The best way of casting out an impure affection is to admit a pure one; and by the love of what is good, to expel the love of what is evil.”  (pg. 9)

Perhaps the greatest quote in the work was when Chalmers went on to show how we are to bring about change in our lives. He points out that it is only done when there is,  the overbearing of one affection by another.”(pg.5).

Here is a link to where you can read the whole article, The Expulsive Power of a New Affection.