Song of Confidence “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, Thou wilt receive me: Thou shalt stretch forth Thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and Thy right hand shall save me” (Psalm 138:7).
Wretched walking in the midst of trouble. Nay, blessed walking, since there is a special promise for it. Give me a promise, and what is the trouble? What doth my LORD teach me here to say? Why this — “Thou wilt receive me.” I shall have more life, more energy, more faith. Is it not often so, that trouble revives us, like a breath of cold air when one is ready to faint?
How angry are my enemies and especially the archenemy! Shall I stretch forth my hand and fight my foes! No, my hand is better employed in doing service for my LORD. Besides, there is no need, for my God will use His far-reaching arm, and He will deal with them far better than I could if I were to try. “Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the LORD.” He will with His own right hand of power and wisdom save me, and what more can I desire?
Come, my heart, talk this promise over to thyself till thou canst use it as the song of thy confidence, the solace of thy holiness. Pray to be revived thyself and leave the rest with the LORD, who performeth all things for thee.
Main Cast: Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dane, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Andy Setlis, Colin Farrell
So my first thought was do we really need another Batman movie? Haven’t we’ve seen all possible iterations of this character? From Adam West to Ben Affleck we’ve seen it all. I couldn’t be more wrong.
The Batman isn’t a retelling of his origin story. This is a noir mystery. I could see this story played by Humphrey Bogart, not as Batman, but as Sam Spade or any other Chandler character. This movie plays on the idea that Batman is the world’s greatest detective. And with that it works. Oh Batman still beats up thugs, but he comes to realize that there is more to solving the crime problem than just beating up thugs.
The Batman is a new perspective on a well known character, he has been fleshed out further he can no longer be just a vigilante he is also a detective.
Help Wanted “Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive” (Matthew 20:7).
Yes, there is work in Christ’s vineyard for old bodies. It is the eleventh hour, and yet He will let us work. What grace is this! Surely every old man ought to jump at this invitation! After men are advanced in years nobody wants them as servants; they go from shop to shop, and employers look at their gray hairs and shake their heads. But Jesus will engage old people and give them good wages, too! This is mercy indeed. LORD, help the aged to enlist in Thy service without an hour’s delay.
But will the LORD pay wages to worn-out old men? Do not doubt it. He says He will give you what is right if you will work in His field. He will surely give you grace here and glory hereafter. He will grant present comfort and future rest; strength equal to your day and a vision of glory when the night of death comes on. All these the LORD Jesus will as freely give to the aged convert as to one who enters His service in his youth.
Let me tell this to some unsaved old man or old woman and pray the LORD to bless it for Jesus’ sake, Where can I find such persons? I will be on the lookout for them and kindly tell them the news.
I was rereading Robert Heinlein’s novel on time travel recently when I came across this song by the Monkees from their album Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. The song’s title comes from the title of the Heinlein book. Larry Cox and his band does a decent cover of this song so enjoy.
“But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing; and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? “He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” And they remembered His words, and returned from the tomb and reported all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now they were Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James; also the other women with them were telling these things to the apostles. But these words appeared to them as nonsense, and they would not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen wrappings only; and he went away to his home, marveling at what had happened.” (Luk 24:1-12, NASB)