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IMPRECATION, IMPRECATORY PSALMS Act of invoking a curse. In the ImprecatoryPsalmsthe author calls for God to bring misfortune and disaster upon the enemies (Pss. 5; 11; 17; 35; 55; 59; 69; 109; 137; 140). These psalms are an embarrassment to many Christians who see them in tension with Jesus’ teaching on love of enemies (Matt. 5:43–48). It is important to recall the theological principles that underlie such psalms. These include: (1) the principle that vengeance belongs to God (Deut. 32:35; Ps. 94:1) that excludes personal retaliation and necessitates appeal to God to punish the wicked (cp. Rom. 12:19); (2) the principle that God’srighteousness demands judgment on the wicked (Pss. 5:6; 11:5–6); (3) the principle that God’scovenant love for the people of God necessitates intervention on their part (Pss. 5:7; 59:10, 16–17); and (4) the principle of prayer that believers trust God with all their thoughts and desires.
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May 11

Matthew Bridges, 1800–1894 and Godfrey Thring, 1823–1903
  His eyes are like blazing fire, and on His head are many crowns … He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and His name is the Word of God. (Revelation 19:12, 13)
  Jesus Christ, the condescension of divinity and the exaltation of humanity.
—Phillips Brooks
The One who bore the crown of thorns while on the cross is now crowned with “many crowns” as the reigning monarch of heaven. Each crown in this hymn text exalts Christ for some specific aspect of His person or ministry: Stanza one for His eternal Kingship; stanza two for His love demonstrated in redemptive suffering; stanza three for His victorious resurrection and ascension; stanza four as a member of the Triune Godhead ever worthy of worship and praise.
This worshipful text is the combined effort of two distinguished Anglican clergymen, each of whom desired to write a hymn of exaltation to our suffering but now victorious Lord. Matthew Bri…
May 11

Love Made Her Do It

“Now when Jesus was in Bethany, at the home of Simon the leper, [7] a woman came to Him with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume, and she poured it upon His head as He reclined at the table. [8] But the disciples were indignant when they saw this, and said, “Why this waste? (Matthew 26:6–8 NASB)

All four gospels carry a story of an anointing with perfume by a woman. Luke identifies the woman as “a notorious sinner.” His account of a different woman than the other three. In Mark, like in Matthew, she is an unidentified woman, but John gives her a name. Mary. Martha and Lazarus’ sister-Mary.

Mary loved Jesus. Three times her name is mentioned in the gospels, each time she is at the feet of Jesus. In Luke 10:38–42 she is at his feet, listening to Him teach, in John 11:28–32, she mourns her brother’s death at His feet, and in John’s version of our text, she anoints Him with perfume, at his feet.

Why did she give so much? Because she loved so much. Love made …