Reading with the Pastor
John 16 and Psalms 133-135
Travails in the Schoenleber family have kept me from posting anything new for more than a week but I hope it hasn’t kept you from reading with the pastor. Today we come to John 16 and Psalms 133-135. It is a good selection to be coupled together. John 16 has a repeated phrase that Jesus wants us to hear. He was seeking to impress the disciples with the urgency of abiding in Him and in His teaching.
Look at verse 1.
“I have said all these things to you . . .”
Look at verse 4.
“But I have said these things to you . . .”
Look at verse 6.
“But because I have said these things to you”
Look at verse 25
“These things I have spoken to you . . .”
And now, finally, look at the last verse of the chapter, verse 33.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Jesus wants those who follow Him to know, TO KNOW, in their deepest parts, that no matter what is going on around us, He is the Prince of Peace. He is with us and is the redeemer of all who trust in Him. So trust Him.
He has overcome the world and we will too as we walk with Him.
And that is why the Psalm grouping for today’s reading seems so appropriate to me. Psalm 133-134 are two, 3 verse hymns of praise ending the Psalms of Ascent. Those psalms are the prayers Israel would sing as their journey to Jerusalem came to an end. And Psalm 135 is a psalm praise to the name of God because He and His name endure forever. Which is why we can trust Him. He never changes.
Let these things saturate your heart today and glorify the name of Him who rose from the grave and gives us hope in the midst of our pain. The Schoenleber and Rankin (Stephnie’s maiden name), and the Sigley’s and Murphy’s are counting on a great reunion some day because of Jesus, our God enfleshed Savior.
This offering from The Poetry Project may help you. It is inspired by Psalm 134.
p.s. You might want to try reading it out loud to the tune titled “Aubre’s Gift”. The button for the tune is in the upper right of the page at The Poetry Project.