Thank you for taking the time to check out today’s post. I’ve mentioned D.A. Carson more than anyone in references for the Gospel of John because his commentary comes highly reviewed by many seminaries and has been a great reference as needed. D.A. Carson is Emeritus Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and co-founder of The Gospel Coalition.

If you ever are looking for a good commentary for a particular book of the Bible, let me recommend to you the website  It is a really great place to find a ranked system of commentaries based upon reviews from top seminaries, scholars, authors, etc.  My second year Greek teacher recommended that if we were looking to build a Bible study library, it was often a good idea to buy the top two commentaries listed for any given book.  If you teach or do some deeper personal study, this might be a great resource for you.

The video provided from YouTube today is entitled “The God Who Lifts Me from the Miry Bog.”  You can view at YouTube by clicking on the link below. If that’s just too much time for your current schedule, I’ve also provided the reading of Psalm 40 for a shortened devotional time.

“The Silence of God”
It’s enough to drive a man crazy; it’ll break a man’s faith
It’s enough to make him wonder if he’s ever been sane
When he’s bleating for comfort from Thy staff and Thy rod
And the heaven’s only answer is the silence of God
It’ll shake a man’s timbers when he loses his heart
When he has to remember what broke him apart
This yoke may be easy, but this burden is not
When the crying fields are frozen by the silence of God
And if a man has got to listen to the voices of the mob
Who are reeling in the throes of all the happiness they’ve got
When they tell you all their troubles have been nailed up to that cross
Then what about the times when even followers get lost?
‘Cause we all get lost sometimes
There’s a statue of Jesus on a monastery knoll
In the hills of Kentucky, all quiet and cold
And He’s kneeling in the garden, as silent as a Stone
All His friends are sleeping and He’s weeping all alone
And the man of all sorrows, he never forgot
What sorrow is carried by the hearts that he bought
So when the questions dissolve into the silence of God
The aching may remain, but the breaking does not
The aching may remain, but the breaking does not
In the holy, lonesome echo of the silence of God
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Songwriters: Andrew Peterson
The Silence of God lyrics © New Spring Publishing Inc, New Spring Publishing, Inc.
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Prayer from Pastor Sam:

Father, these times just don’t make a lot of sense and there are a lot of voices making a lot of noise. God, help us to listen to You and to yield to You. God, when You seem quiet to us, please help us to slow down enough to wait and listen for Your voice. Grant us a closeness to You that we often trade in for fleeting concerns and pleasures. Give us a passion for Your glory. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.


May God bless you in your endeavors as You grow under the light of His grace.