But you, Lord, are a shield around me

discouragement, deep sadness, strife, anxiety and frustration are today’s armies. we face many things. sometimes our afflictions are outside our walls ready to attack us. other times they sit in the corners of our hearts and slowly erode us over time.  we do not restore and sustain ourselves, God does. let us hand over these fears to our one true God.

Psalm 3[a]

A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom.

Lord, how many are my foes!
    How many rise up against me!
Many are saying of me,
    “God will not deliver him.”[b]

But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
    my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
I call out to the Lord,
    and he answers me from his holy mountain.

I lie down and sleep;
    I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
I will not fear though tens of thousands
    assail me on every side.

Arise, Lord!
    Deliver me, my God!
Strike all my enemies on the jaw;
    break the teeth of the wicked.

From the Lord comes deliverance.
    May your blessing be on your people

The Revivalists

one of my part time jobs is to music hunt. its a gift and a curse. its a love and a hate.

that said, I have found a bunch of guys called “The revivalists”, who are a New orleans based band. gripping lyrics, soul-fueled thinking and some blogging humour on their website make them an interesting listen.

they also made me think of an idea on moving from ectothermic to endothermic. in that, before jesus we are incapable of being endotherms. we’re cold blooded critters grabbing at anything that can give us the love we so desperately are designed for.

soul fight – track from an older album

find their stuff on soundcloud and read some info on their website

1 Corinthians 13 – Love

13 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

You’re in a house and about to have dinner. Love sits at the head of the dining room table and is joined by the spiritual gifts around that same table. Its like a supper club of Gods blessings, with Love at the head. When Love leaves the dining room table to step outside and take a phone call, chaos ensues around the table. Nobody kindly passes the salt and pepper but everyone grabs it. Prophesy stands up and becomes proud, tongues becomes chaotic and faith insists on his way.
The dinner table becomes a space where nobody is showing Christ, albeit all are reflecting some part of what Christ gives us. There is separation although everyone is standing in the same room. Finally when Love comes back inside and sees the disorder and chaos, He takes His seat and He is not angry at the disorder. He doesn’t hold the chaos against those seated at the table, but perseveres with the dinner by offering to break bread for the table. He passes the salt and pepper and asks his dinner companions how they are and how their day was. In Love being Love, prophesy, tongues and faith realise their own guilt in selfishness and recognize that dinner is far more enjoyable when Love is around.