A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Psalm 128

We continue to read Eugene Peterson’s, “A Long Obedience in the Same Direction” throughout April, reflecting upon Psalms 120-134, also known as the Songs of Ascent. Details on how to easily purchase the book are here.

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An exercise:

Now turn your reflections into prayer.

  • Peterson writes, “The Bible is one long exposition of [God’s] blessing.” Take a few minutes to quietly take your mind through the big picture story of the bible— creation, fall, promise, flood, Abraham, the Patriarchs, Egypt, Moses, etc… Now turn the narrative of God’s blessings into a prayer of praise.

2 thoughts on “A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Psalm 128

  1. mbinnshotkeynetau April 14, 2022 / 7:31 am

    Commenting on Psalm 128 thoughts on living the godly life. Paul says “Do as I do”. Why do so many preachers prefer to say “Do as I say”? Is it a false humility or is it an impossibility and Paul was simply arrogant? Arrogant or not, I find Paul’s comments more inspiring.

    • Stuart April 14, 2022 / 7:38 am

      You make a good point. I think the preacher knows the weakness of his/her own example, and so is reluctant to draw attention to it. As to Paul’s supposed arrogance, what if he is drawing attention to the grace of God which has produced such ‘fruit’ in his life (1 Tim 1:15-16).

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