Podcast #193: “Happy Dance” by MercyMe

Joy Unspeakable in 1 Peter 1

I’ve always wondered why it is more acceptable to express our joy over a touchdown (in my case an LSU Tiger touchdown) than in our salvation. MercyMe’s new song, “Happy Dance,” challenges us to let our joy out!

Join me as we head over to 1 Peter to explore unspeakable joy.

On this episode I discuss:

Podcast #192: “Oh My Soul” by Casting Crowns

Giving Our Souls a Good Talking To in Psalm 42

The waters of our soul are deep. The cry of the song “Oh My Soul” by Casting Crowns reminds us that we can bare our souls to the One who created us inside and out. If we spend some time tending to our souls, we can experience the faithfulness of God in the deepest places of our being.

The Psalms include many soul-baring moments, and Psalm 42 contains and example of this. It won’t be hard to relate to the psalmist this week!

On this episode I discuss:

Podcast #183: “O God Forgive Us” by For King and Country

Praying Against the Invaders in Psalm 79

Today’s most popular songs, like the Psalms, are often reflective of the times. For King and Country’s song “O God Forgive Us” reflects the issues of our time, but includes an age-old prayer of repentance. We see a cry for deliverance from a very desperate situation in Psalm 79 this week. Perhaps you are crying out from a place of desperation, too.

You can reclaim your identity, cry out for deliverance, and promise praise right along with the psalmist.

On this episode I discuss:

Podcast #175: “Broken Things” by Matthew West

Comparing Jonah and a Parable of Jesus in Matthew 20

We are broken people. As children of God we are stuck in this “already, but not yet” zone where we are new creations and can still respond from our brokenness. Matthew West’s song “Broken Things” brings us great encouragement that God uses damaged people. But Scripture is clear that God wants to redeem and restore us, which will require a mending of our brokenness.

I’m hoping Scripture will touch the deep places in us to reveal prevailing beliefs that God wants to mend.

On this episode I discuss:

Podcast #170: “Grace Alone” by Kings Kaleidoscope

Exploring God's Grace in Ephesians 1 & 2

In South Louisiana, where I live, there is a quirky question people often ask, “Who’s your mama, and can she cook a roux?” This question will ultimately lead you to a family name determining who is related to who, and whether or not you are a Cajun. (Roux, pronounced “roo”, is the base for a common Cajun dish called gumbo.) This question leads to the family heritage of a person and ultimately their identity. (For the record, my mama was a Duplecion and she can cook a roux…I’m a proud Cajun!)

Our song this week, “Grace Alone” as sung by Kings Kaleidoscope, leads us to Ephesians where we see our place in the family of God and clarifies what it took to get there.

Just like it was nothing I did that gave me a Cajun heritage, it is not in my power to be called a child of God. Explore Ephesians with me this week!

On this episode I discuss:

Podcast #169: “Psalm 51 (Wisdom In The Secret Heart) by Shane & Shane

Getting Uncomfortable in Psalm 51

I often talk about Scripture changing the way you think. Well get ready, because Shane and Shane’s song, Psalm 51 (Wisdom in the Secret Heart), leads us to a Psalm of David where it is obvious he has begun to think differently about his sin. I was crying out for God’s cleansing alongside David after spending a week here.

Get ready to get uncomfortable…in a good way.

On this episode I discuss:

Podcast #160: “Even If” by MercyMe

Finding Faithfulness in Daniel 3

We can hide behind convenient truth when things are swell, but when our feet are to the fire the deep truth tends to come out. Will we be willing to log years of faithfulness such that our circumstances no longer define God’s ability or position in our minds? “Even If” by MercyMe leads us to a powerful “even if” moment in Scripture.

What can we learn from three friends in a foreign land?

On this episode I discuss:

Podcast #158: “What a Beautiful Name” by Hillsong Worship

Exploring a Couple of the Names of Jesus

We can learn so much through the study of the names of God. Hillsong Worship’s song, “What a Beautiful Name,” puts the name of Jesus front and center in a moving song of worship. How much more powerful will this song be when you invest some time in discovering and contemplating a few names revealed in God’s Word?

Let’s go to the beginning with Jesus, shall we?

On this episode I discuss:

Podcast #157: “Live It Well” by Switchfoot

Poring Over Psalm 90

Perspective. I sure need more of it. How about you? I need more perspective when I’m impatiently waiting in line at the grocery store, when I get cut off in traffic, or when I get a snarky email or social media comment from a friend. Moses had a unique perspective because of his intimate relationship with God and his front row seat to the demise of an entire generation of people. Switchfoot’s song, “Live It Well,” not only reminds us that life is short, but encourages us to live it well.

Moses encourages the same in Psalm 90. Are you ready to jump in the deep end this week?

On this episode I discuss:

Podcast #155: “Psalm 13” by Shane & Shane

From Sorrow to Singing in Psalm 13

Have you ever been in so much pain (physically or emotionally) that you practically howl? King David wrote what many theologians refer to as the “Howling Psalm” in Psalm 13. Shane & Shane has put this song of David to their own melody and titled it “Psalm 13” in their album of Psalms.

This song will help us meditate on this short and powerful Psalm this week.

On this episode I discuss: