The Coming of the Lord

J. Todd Billings and Katlyn DeVries

Read: Zechariah 2:10-13 And many nations shall join themselves to the Lord in that day, and shall be my people. And I will dwell in your midst, and you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you. (v. 11) The day is here. Christmas. During Advent, we’ve longed for the presence of the Lord. At times, we have ached for his coming, for apart from the Lord we are left in darkness, stumbling in the shadow …

A Sacrifice of Thanksgiving

J. Todd Billings and Katlyn DeVries

Read: Psalm 50 You thought that I was one like yourself. But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you. (v. 21) This psalm presents a scathing critique of the wicked, naming “classic” sins like thievery, adultery, and slander. When the Bible presents lists like this, I tend to feel a little self-righteous. Surely, I’m one of the “faithful ones,” not “the wicked” who are being rebuked. Then I read: “These things you have done, and I have …

The Unrestrained Mercy of God

J. Todd Billings and Katlyn DeVries

Read: Psalm 40 Behold, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O Lord. (v. 9) At the age of 39, a politically hopeful New York lawyer fell ill, struck with fever, nausea, and pain. Eventually, the affliction deepened, paralyzing him from the waist down. He nearly died, and likely felt like the psalmist, in “the pit of destruction,” in a “miry bog” (v. 2). His name was Franklin D. Roosevelt, and though he recovered in part and went …