This Sunday at CBC
This Sunday at CBC we have a treat. One of my favourite teachers of the Bible will be here to bring God’s word to us. Dr. David Barker is Professor of Pastoral Studies & Old Testament. David has been teaching at Heritage since 1978, mostly in the area of Old Testament, but also in the area of Pastoral Studies. Along the way he has been involved in several pastorates. David is passionate about preaching and teaching both the Old and New Testaments, but has found special nurture for kingdom life in the Psalms and Wisdom Books in particular. He is married to Lorraine, and they have five married children and 13 grandchildren. You will not want to miss this Sunday.
Since David will be preaching from Psalm 139 I thought I would take some time this week and do some reading on that Psalm. I found myself in the works of James Montgomery Boice … read this in preparation for Sunday:
C. Leupold, the Lutheran scholar, observes that the thinking of the psalm “is not formulated in theological abstractions but in terms of personal religious experience.” Leslie C. Allen, a contributor to the Word Biblical Commentary, calls it “applied theology.” Alexander Maclaren, one of the best expositors of the nineteenth century, wrote, “Not mere omniscience, but a knowledge which knows him altogether, not mere omnipresence, but a presence which he can nowhere escape, not mere creative power, but a power which shaped him, fill and thrill the psalmist’s soul.”
The personal theology of Psalm 139 is the very essence of worship.
Although Psalm 139 deals with some of the highest and most important of all theological concepts, the omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence of God, it nevertheless has two practical aims that become clear at its close (vv. 19–24). First, the writer wants to separate himself from all who deliberately practice evil. Second, he wants God to search him out thoroughly and purge him of anything that might be offensive to God so that he might walk in the way everlasting.
It is hard to think of any more practical reasons for theology than those.
~ See You Sunday