Friday, February 19, 2016

Denney: for the Kingdom of Heaven

Friday, February 19, 2016
Listen to my cry,
    for I am in desperate need;
rescue me from those who pursue me,
    for they are too strong for me.
Set me free from my prison,
    that I may praise your name.
Then the righteous will gather about me
    because of your goodness to me.
    —Psalm 142:6-7 (NIV)
    The Kingdom of Heaven is not for the well-meaning: it is for the desperate.
    ... James Denney (1856-1917), quoted in The Gospel of Matthew, v. 2, William Barclay, Edinburgh: Saint Andrew, 1958, p. 9 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 142:6-7; 18:6; 22:2; 40:1; 44:24-26; 143:7; Matt. 8:24-26; 11:12-15; 1 John 4:19
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I cry to You out of need.
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