The Painted Door Church - Chicago
The Psalter of Jesus: Resigned to True Life // Psalm 39
Mar 19, 2017
Pastor Mark Bergin
In our zeal to forge the good life apart from God, we trample one another
and we trample ourselves. Our strivings to build wealth and carve out easy
living often come at the expense of noticing what really matters. We don't
see how much destruction we are leaving in our wake. But there are moments
when the horrible reality of our broken hearts and our broken world insists
on being known -- moments when God removes the veil and shows us ourselves.
These are desperate moments. And the only faithful act when confronted with
our desperate condition is to give up. This is where the Spirit leads us,
to give up on trusting our judgments, to give up on leaning into our
strengths, to give up on believing in our goodness. He leads us to
resignation, to letting go of the false life we have propped up with
cardboard and duct tape. And when the fraud crumbles, we discover that
there in the rubble of our failures, a sure and true life awaits us.
Because it is there, in the scrap heap of humiliation, that a sure and true
savior has come to meet us.