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Passion and Peace

Anchor Devotional - 01.11.20


“For the LORD takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with salvation. …May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands.”

Psalm 149:4, 6

David was a passionate man. He danced in the streets to show delight in his God; he lay on the ground refusing to eat, crushed by grief over his dying son. His life and his God-breathed writings reveal an array of human emotions.

Our emotions are gifts, a means to express our humanity and our heart. They are not sinful by design. But any human emotion can lead to sin. The Lord made us in His image, like Him. He does not conceal His “feelings,” and none of His “feelings” lead to sin. But we would be unlike Him to bury our emotions. Genesis 6:6 says the Lord’s heart was “grieved” and “filled with pain” watching the people He created destroy each other.

Psalm 149 speaks of worship and war, acts of celebration and confrontation. We are created to be singers and celebrators, weepers and warriors. In sweet, joyful days we sing and dance. In days of sorrow, we weep and taste bitterness. Our Savior drank the bitter cup of God’s wrath for us so that we would know the joy of life in Him now and throughout eternity.

Scripture Focus

Psalm 149

Insight

God’s “emotions” are clearly expressed and woven throughout Scripture. “As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you” (Isaiah 62:5b).

Read the Bible

  • Genesis 22-23
  • Psalm 11
  • Matthew 18