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Typical David

"May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you! May those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!”  - Psalm 70:4 ESV 

Psalm 70 is a short 5 verses that begins and ends with an urgent plea to God for his deliverance.  In typical David fashion he explains his situation to God and then reminds himself, others and God how good God is!  One of my favorite things about David is his vulnerability and transparency.  He's a realist about his circumstances, yet he never "stays" in them.  He always turns his thoughts and affections towards the Lord.  So let's think about what the Lord (through) David is telling us in verse 4.   

First thing's first.  We must seek the Lord.  We must seek him in all things and in all ways.  In the midst of some heavy trials David offers up a prayer/thought/song that encourages the believer to rejoice and be glad, to say unashamedly that God is great and to seek the Lord.  

The idea, truth, and practice of praising God through our trials is woven into David's heart and poured out in Psalms consistently. 

Why don't we do as David did and encourage others around us, especially those that we know are going through trials, to praise Him. When you encourage others you will without doubt be encouraged yourself. 

It's Ok to be Salty

“Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” -Colossians 4:6 

Let me give a quick lesson to those who don’t have the privilege of spending most of their time with teenagers- in 2017, it is not a good thing to be salty. It’s shorthand for upset, a feeling of being wronged. If your basketball team loses on a last second free-throw because the referee was whistle-happy, you’d probably walk off the court pretty salty about it. Kanye West was salty when T-Swift won her VMA, Selena was salty toward Justin a few years back, and if that is total gibberish to you, then maybe you can picture a salty Johnny Carson having a spat with Joan Rivers over a failed late-night show. 

Despite our modern understanding (or lack thereof) of what it means to be salty, the timeless words of God’s truth have some alternate advice for regarding our NaCl levels. Paul writes to the church at Colossae to encourage them to season their words with salt. What does that mean? Probably one of two things, if not both. 

For one, salt was incredibly useful and valuable in the ancient world. It’s a natural preservative, and as Jesus instructed his disciples in Matthew 5:13, we are to be “salt of the earth”, preserving it from moral decay based on our Spirit-led dedication to the gospel. Our words ought to be useful, carefully selected to preserve the morality within the church and outside of it. 

Salt is also used to flavor our food and make it more palatable. When we’re at a loss for words, Paul is telling us to season our responses with salt so that they may be well received and digested. The Christian is not meant to speak harshly or unlovingly. We speak truthfully but gently, bold but in meekness. It’s a balance we can only properly strike in Christ, and one worth seeking. Because with all the saltiness in our world today, don’t you think we need a little more Christian salt in our words? 

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