The ways of the Lord - transgressors stumble in them (Hosea 14:9b)

"For the ways of the LORD are right, and the upright walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them." - Hosea 14:9b

I've been fascinated lately about how our Lord's ideas often go against ours. As believers we desire to understand them and believe there is life giving truth behind them. But when I read, "The first will be last and the last will be first," it is easy to understand why this would be cause a non-believer to stumble.

There is a truth out there which is difficult to follow and even contrary to our nature like giving food and drink to our thirsty and hungry enemy. How could we possibly think this will heap burning coals on our enemies head? How could we possibly think that revenge is not ours, but our creators?

These are truths. But if you don't believe in anything outside of you this sort of backward thinking - even if it's kingdom thinking - would seem crazy.

It is only by the grace of God and the Holy Spirit revealing it to us that we can possibly make sense out of the mysteries He has reveled to us.

Calf Kissers! (Hosea 13:2)

There are many reasons for the slow down. Many many reasons. I'd bore you with the details, but lets just say, "I'll be back."

"It is said of them, 'Those who offer human sacrifice kiss calves!'" - Hosea 13:2

Calf kissers!

When brothers dwell in unity - and poop jokes (Psalms 133:1)

"Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity" - Psalms 133:1

I just got back from a good night with the guys. Now the girls may not be able to relate to this, but there is something very nice when dudes can get together and talk about beer and feces and all kinds of things only dudes talk about. It's even better when its a bunch of guys who are seriously in love with the Lord.

Sometimes it's not real clear how this is iron sharpening iron, and there are definitely limits on what is appropriate to talk about. But when we're honoring the Lord and being dude's its a pretty good deal. I feel blessed to have men around me who build me up. Challenge me to be a better man. Challenge me to better love my wife and honor my family.

But take note, this is an abnormal thing. Men can certainly cause other men to be worse and worse - and if I were not a believer I imagine very little of my interaction would be to my benefit or that of my friends. But the Lord is there dudes are being dudes and having fun.

"For there the LORD has commanded the blessing, life forevermore." - vs. 3

Humble pie - and life updates (1 Peter 5:5)

"Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for 'God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.'" - 1 Peter 5:5

Yesterday I got some bummer news. If you remember a little over a month ago I was asking for people to be praying for a big language test I was about to take. I just got the score back last night and I did far worse than I was hoping. In theory it could have some big implications for where I'll be going to grad school this next year.

I'll be trying to work some connections to go where I'd like to go despite my score, but a better grade would have made it a near done deal. Anyhow, so I've been thinking about just how good it was for me to bomb this test. I find a little too much worth in how well I speak the language here.

Now just to be clear, I spent a good amount of time in the Middle East when I was a child because my father worked for the American Embassy. Two years in Jordan and I could understand quite a bit of Arabic but despite my best studying efforts I couldn't speak worth beans. I also studied three years of Spanish much to my embarrassment.

So any gift I have with the language here is merely that - a gift (something I know because of my failure with other languages). I know the Lord has blessed me substantially to understand and communicate far better than I should. It has enabled me to be able to do a lot of ministry I would otherwise not be able to do. So then thinking myself great for a gift the Lord has given me is pretty much stupid. But that was what I had definitely begun to do.

Anyhow. Being smacked with a MUCH lower grade than I wanted (not expected mind you, but wanted) means that if I manage to get into the school I want it will only be by the grace of God. If I get into any school it will only be by the grace of God. I cannot by any means argue myself qualified enough. So this is a good thing. My chest was all puffed up and the Lord has popped it.

I've been praying lately for humility and this is a painful answer to prayer (as all prayers for humility result in). It felt very much like God saying, "Well, if you don't want to clothe yourself in humility, I'd be happy to do it for you."

So here I am humbled. By the grace of God I've come as far as I have. If you think of it, be praying over the next few weeks that school would work out despite this score. I'm trying to get into a grad program to study Christianity. This would be an unbelievable asset to my language as there are MANY MANY words related to religion/theology that I simply will not learn unless I have years of focused study. It is also a step towards becoming a teacher at a seminary locally (something which I feel called to but which is probably years in the future).

And remember, if you don't help yourself to a slice of humble pie once in a while, there is a wonderful God who is willing to help you remember where you stand. This is a good thing. We are nothing apart from him, and foolish to ever think otherwise.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you a Happy New Year.

Merry Christmas (Luke 2:11-14)

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. I did. Praise the Lord he came and lived and bled and died that we might have life.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” - (Luke 2:11-14)

"Hey Hosea - see that prostitute? I'm thinking.... wife." (Hosea 1:2-3)

"When the LORD first spoke through Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea, 'Go, take to yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the LORD.'" - Hosea 1:2-3

I always figured becoming a prophet had to have been a pretty cool deal. One day the Lord starts to speak to you (or perhaps in this case through you) and whether there is anything to it or not, you probably feel like you must be pretty special the Lord chose you.

Now imagine being Hosea and you hear the Lords voice so naturally you think, "Sweet! God is speaking to ME of all people." And then you hear this and you think, "Stink! Why is God telling this to ME of all people?"

One time I heard a comedian (I think it was Seinfeld but I cant find the reference) talking about how a baby comes out and the first thing the doctor does is slap them to get them breathing (this wasn't my experience with my child, but I hear it happens). Anyhow, he comments that this must be a pretty weird first experience, its like, "Welcome to the world!" SLAP SLAP! And I agree, that would be a pretty weird first experience.

And I'm thinking the same thing here. Having the Lord tell you to go take a prostitute as a wife would be a pretty weird first experience with hearing the word of the Lord. You'd think He'd start with something nice and then bring the bad news. Like, "Hey Hosea, I think you're a pretty cool guy. I've been enjoying your jokes lately, and you're pretty good at football... hey by the way, would you mind taking a prostitute as a wife so I could make a point to Israel?"

Anyhow, I don't pretend to understand how God works. I do take the side which argues this probably did actually go down this way rather than just being a story to make a point. It is awful. Unbearably awful to even hear, and I think that's the reason it actually happened - the Lord wanted to really make a point.

I'm about to work through Hosea with a friend of mine who has never read it. I look forward to talking about just how horrible of a job the Israelites did staying in love with the Lord. I like talking about it because it is my life story. From the outside I look like a complete idiot as I keep turning to other things to satisfy when this amazing God has been so unbelievably, undeservedly faithful.

My prayer today is for faithfulness to my faithful God.

Why church, and why friends - sin in our lives (Matthew 18:17)

"If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector." - Matthew 18:17

I have a friend who lately has been having issues with his church. I wonder when people have issues with their leaders although I probably shouldn't. The truth is people are fallen wherever they are. If they're church leaders, if they church goers or whatever. There are pastors who shouldn't be respected and there are people who are just weird, crazy, or driven by sin enough to not listen to a pastor no matter how down to earth they are.

But in the end the Bible is clear we need accountability in our lives. Usually this is our friends. And we also need authority in our lives. Often this is someone in the church. If it's a smaller church perhaps it will be someone on staff, but in bigger churches (as is often the case in America) it will often be just a lay person. The point is, even if what this person advises us to do isn't in the Bible (directly or even indirectly) we need to learn to submit to them.

Now not everyone should be in a position of authority and we need to be wise about those whose authority we choose to submit to, but in the end we need to listen to them.

When I was a senior in High School my parents sat me down and told me they were concerned about me because I had stopped attending the youth group as wasn't getting to church on Sundays. They told me I needed accountability and authority in my life. "It's not that we don't trust you," they said, "It's that without these two things we wouldn't even be able to trust ourselves." And they had good reason.

Now I'm trying to convince my friend that without these things he's going to be unaware of or unwilling to deal with the sin in his life. And I'm afraid he is slowly being taken out by the enemy. There is sin in his life and he's choosing to remove himself from the one place which is trying to hold him accountable to it. I've pointed out this sin, and the church has addressed it. He is unwilling to listen even to the church - now I'm called on to treat him as a tax collector. It will be a difficult friendship to bench.

Without these two things he can no longer be a leader in ministry with me. And without these things I seriously worry about his future.

I pray he figures this out, but I'd also like to encourage you - are you in a place where you're submitting to authority and where you have good accountability? If not, you should be concerned. And it's just not that difficult to solve.

Sunday scripture day (Philippians 3:13-16)

"Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Only let us hold true to what we have attained." - Philippians 3:13-16

But deliver us from evil. Or evil one or what? (Matthew 6:13)

"And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." - Matthew 6:13 (ESV)

My greek book quotes Daniel Wallace discussing how the greek seems to really say, "The evil one," and how these are quite different things. He says, "There is no little theological difference between the two. The Father does not always keep his children out of danger, disasters, or the ugliness of the world. In short, he does not always deliver us from evil. But he does deliver us from the evil one." (This is quoted from Mounce's Basics of Biblical Greek Chapter 9).

I thought this an interesting point especially because it pertains to the Lord's Prayer. We grow up learning this prayer and rehearsing it again and again only to later find out certain parts of it might not be what we think. It's an interesting place to be stuck believing the Bible to be God's word and then having a translation done by fallible man. Even if we could translate it perfectly it would still be read by us - fallible man.

Anyhow, at least the Lord will deliver us from the evil one right? Even if he doesn't deliver us from the evil we may bring out of reading something wrong into the text.

Lord - "Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." Whatever it takes. And help us to sort through what we think of you and how we depend on you, even when we make mistakes in our understanding of who you are.

On crushing heads and laying bare. Our God is a good kind of scary (Habakuk 3:13)

"You went out for the salvation of your people,
for the salvation of your anointed.
You crushed the head of the house of the wicked,
laying him bare from thigh to neck. Selah" - Habakuk 3:13

I've been spending some time dwelling on the awesomeness of our God. I've got a lot going on in my head this Christmas even though life slows down nicely in time for the holiday. In the midst of the craziness in my head I'm trying to remember why I hope for the things I do. Why I live the life I do. I try not to forget who I live for and why.

I live for God.

I live for God because He is an awesome, powerful, and loving God.

For our salvation He went out and crushed the house of the wicked. Our God laid him bare from thigh to neck because nothing could stand in the way of His love for us and His desire to bring us salvation.

You know when you're a kid and playing a game of pickup tackle football (because you're young and invincible) and you get the kid who is 6'4" in fifth grade and weighs 250 pounds? Yea, our God is like having that guy on our team. He's scary, but in a good way when He's on your team.

Thank God we're on the right team. Are you on the right team?

Sunday scripture day (Proverbs 24:7)

"Wisdom is too high for a fool; in the gate he does not open his mouth." - Proverbs 24:7

Do not be envious of evil men (Proverbs 24:1-2)

"Be not envious of evil men,
nor desire to be with them,  
for their hearts devise violence,
and their lips talk of trouble." - Proverbs 24:1-2

And frankly they're just unpleasant people, so why the stink we do aspire to be like them? Why do we desire the emptiness that fame and money provide without the satisfaction of knowing the savior?

When we have the biggest and best gift possible (salvation), why do we even think of desiring what evil men have? Does sin actually satisfy but more than a second? And loving the Lord for ever?

And do we want their company that we can be like them?

When Jesus needs a colt... (Mark 11:2-3)

"Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’" - Mark 11:2-3

I've always wondered about this. Imagine some strangers coming into your town (it's a small town and you know who should be there and who shouldn't) and beginning to pick a door lock on a truck. You say, "Hey, why are trying to break into that truck?" And when they say "The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately" you think, "Well... thats a good enough reason for me. Let me see if I can help you hot-wire this sucker."

Granted Jesus is Lord. He is God. And so these sorts of things are well within the power of an all powerful God. I just always thought these people in the village must have been idiots. But then it occurred to me that they probably knew exactly what was going on. When Jesus rode into the city people were ready. They weren't surprised. They were throwing down leaves they had brought from their fields and their jackets and praising the Lord.

I'm just wondering what kind of preparations we'll have when He comes back. I'm wondering if maybe He'd like to send some people ahead of time to borrow my car...

Update

It's been a while since I've had an old fashioned post (that is one without a Bible verse). Anyhow. I had a nice day today taking a little bit of down time and writing out my priorities to see what I'm really thinking about life.

I just came back to realizing I haven't really be seeking the Lord first and foremost in my life and thus I shouldn't be surprised that I've started to feel a lack of satisfaction and then started to look funny places for it (e.g. twitter fame!).

When I'm seeking the Lord I get the desire of my heart. Satisfaction. My sin fades to the background and my joy comes to the foreground. Anyhow. Life is good. God is good. And did I mention patient and quite forgiving when I try to worship other things?

Hope all is well out there in biblioblogging world. It feels good to wake up once and while and smell the coffee... Or tea as my taste may go...

Vanity, striving after wind (Ecclesiastes 4:4)

"Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man's envy of his neighbor. This also is vanity and a striving after wind." - Ecclesiastes 4:4

My wife asked me the other night "If you had to give up one hobby what would it be?" And this was a very difficult thing for me to decide because I:

Blog - Theologer.com, sieveandsand.com,
Twitter,
Program a website to learn programming,
Bike,
Study for seminary,
Study for another grad school,
Run,
Read,

AND somehow make time for my work and family (although often sparsely).

Anyhow I was thinking about the 4 twitter accounts I have attempted off and on and how much I enjoy twitter because its like blogging but much quicker. I was also thinking about how often my interest in these things is motivated by sin.

For example, I started this blog with the intention of forcing myself to really glean something from scripture and to offer something valuable to the internet. But often I'm just curious if I'm getting as many hits as I did last week and whether or not I'm on my way to becoming a famous blogger/writer.

Anyhow in my vanity and striving after the wind I'm wondering what sorts of beneficial things you are doing on the internet. What hobbies you love but have to fight to give up. Where do you draw lines in your life so you're accomplishing the important things - like loving your family etc...

All this is to say I'm doing some serious thinking lately about where I spend my time and I wish I could say I was proud of it. Even if this blog leads me to vanity (as it often does) I do believe it is offering something valuable to at least some people, and certainly to me. So I will continue my 15 minute/day commitment here. But what to cut... what to cut...

The Kingdom of God is in the midst of you (Luke 17:21b)

"For behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.” - Luke 17:21b

When I was a kid (and mind you I grew up in Colorado) I imagined the Kingdom of God was a huge kingdom of snow. I pictured castles everywhere and kids lined up throwing snow balls at everyone. No one was hurt of course, and the snow wasn't cold to the touch either. It was a perfect place.

Or maybe that was my view of heaven. I suppose I was probably pretty confused as a kid - and maybe even rightfully so. How strange it is that the Kingdom of Heaven, the Kingdom of God extends up to the life we'll live eternally and down here to the temporal. How weird is it that God is establishing His Kingdom here and now and we're a part of it?

I don't mean weird as in just weird, I mean weird as in awesome. We are a part of a kingdom. A kingdom which as a child I rightfully understood to be magnificent and worthy of awe. Verses 20-21a say:

"Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, 'The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, nor will they say, "Look, here it is!" or "There!"'"

But rather it is already among us. In our midst.

Sunday scripture day (Luke 2:14)

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!" - Luke 2:14

What do you dwell on? (Philippians 4:8)

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." - Philippians 4:8

I've written on this before... but today I'm more going to ask a question. Last night I was thinking about what it is I dwell on. My mind is an annoying place to be most of the time.

It seems for the most part from about 12 years old until around the time I met my wife my head was mostly filled with what you'd imagine a teenage boy's head would would be filled with. It was a bummer but that was the deal.

Since I've been married lust has been way less of an issue but it occurred to me the thing which probably occupies my mind most of the time now is the thought of fame or money (both of which, given my line of work, are pretty unlikely I'll ever have). And when I'm not thinking about these two things I pretty much just worry. I find my head wandering and wondering what would happen if such and such happened and I died or my wife died or my daughter died etc...

All of which are horrible things to dwell on. Lust, mammon, fear.

So I'm curious. Help me out. When you're following Philippians 4:8 in your spare time - I'm not wondering what you dwell on as you write your masters thesis about 1 Corinthians but actually when you're just relaxed and checking out.

Where does your head go?

A life worthy of the gospel of Christ (Philippians 1:27)

"Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel" - Philippians 1:27

I'm trying to think about what in my life lately has been worthy of the gospel of Christ and it's difficult to come up with much.

What I get from this is the necessity to be striving alongside brothers and sisters, struggling for the truth, fighting for our faith. Our faith, the truth, everything we live for and the reason we have hope to live is worthy of our energy and attention.

I keep thinking I could elaborate on this, but that's all I have to say. The best I can tell, living a life worthy of the gospel of Christ is living a life which honors the gospel. Desires to understand it, seeks truth and doesn't take this unfathomable gift for granted.

Fear and trembling - your salvation (Philippians 2:12)

"Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling" - Philippians 2:12

Why do people always overlook this verse? Apparently the difference between eternity in heaven and eternity in hell is something worth considering. The rest of the Bible seems to make it clear we shouldn't live in fear about being saved or not, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't do what it takes to be sure.

Are you sure of your salvation? How can you be? Do you know if you can be?

Gosh, now that I say that, I'd hate to cause doubts if there need not be any. But that said - fear and trembling - this is a difference between heaven and hell for all of eternity.

Are you serving the right God?

In every way . . . Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice (Philippians 1:18

"What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice." Philippians 1:18

Today I was thinking about the role I play in God's kingdom. For better or for worse its a quite limited role. It can be a struggle to think my part as valuable as those friends of mine who are really gifted in other areas.

I have a friend who is incredibly gifted as an evangelist. People come to the Lord all the time because of who he is and his God-given gift for sharing. I also like to share the gospel but it certainly doesn't seem to produce the same fruit as him. But I also have other friends are gifted in other areas.

So when I'm spending a good portion of the day studying for classes for degrees which I hope will someday qualify me to teach (in what I think is following my calling) I sometimes feel useless or wasteful of my time.

While I know this isn't the same circumstance this verse is addressing it gets me to thinking about how thankful I am for the advancement of the gospel. Christ is proclaimed. Be it today, or tomorrow, or by good people or bad. Be it by evangelists, or teachers, or prophets, or beggars, or just plain weirdos. I can rejoice because Christ is being preached.

I pray someday the education I am working towards today will help to equip the evangelists of tomorrow. I pray the gospel will be advanced through my sharing and through those around me. I genuinely hope I play exactly the role the Lord has for me in His kingdom however big or small.

But I also rejoice that whatever my role, Christ will be proclaimed. I pray it continues as such.

Swearing to God by another god (Zephaniah 1:4-6)

"I will stretch out my hand against Judah
and against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem;
and I will cut off from this place the remnant of Baal
and the name of the idolatrous priests along with the priests,
those who bow down on the roofs
to the host of the heavens,
those who bow down and swear to the LORD
and yet swear by Milcom,
those who have turned back from following the LORD,
who do not seek the LORD or inquire of him." - Zephaniah 1:4-6

Normally I try not to post on a passage of scripture this long, but the parts I wanted to pick out didn't make a whole lot of sense without the rest of the context.

This section in my ESV is titled "The Coming Judgement of Judah" and in speaking, the Lord doesn't hold a whole lot back. I'm particularly fascinated by the lines:

"Those who bow down and swear to the Lord
and yet swear by Milcom"

For some reason we talk about idolatry we think about forsaking God altogether and worship something else. Granted worshipping something else is forsaking God, but I think especially today we're less likely to make a conscious choice to give up on God and go serve money. Rather we worship the Lord on Sunday mornings, and money for the rest of the week (or whatever our idols are... money seems one of the most obvious).

Here the people are bowing down and swearing to the Lord. But then they're swearing by another God. Milcom (also known as Molech) is the national god of the Ammonites. By swearing on Milcom they're basically saying Milcom is more holy than the God of Israel. It even sounds like they make promises to God but on the basis of the name of Milcom!

We don't do a whole lot of swearing anymore - probably because we're told our yes should just mean yes and our no no. But back then it was common place to swear on something more sacred than yourself so that people would know you were really serious. This led to the whole discussion about swearing on the temple, and then the altar, and then the horns of the altar etc...

Basically they're saying to the Lord, "As surely as Milcom is a great god, I promise to you O God that I will do all I have promised you." How horribly blasphemous does it get? I hope in my life and the desires that lead my heart astray I can at least keep the Lord the center of my life and remember He is the most holy no matter how much my sin tempts me other ways.

The Lord rewards and punishes - right? (Zephaniah 1:12)

"At that time I will search through Jerusalem with lamps. I will punish the people who are entrenched in their sin, those who think to themselves, 'The LORD neither rewards nor punishes.'" - Zephaniah 1:12 (NET)

Normally I don't quote from the NET but I thought their translation of this particularly interesting.

To be honest I'm not real sure what to make of this verse, the Lord will punish those who think, "The Lord neither rewards nor punishes." That's interesting. I definitely thing the Lord both rewards and punishes, but I'm nearly convinced its not system based on punishment per sin. As in, if do wrong the Lord will give me 3 horrible days. Or something like that.

My experience has never been so clear cut. There seem to be some wonderful people who have some horrible things happen to them and some horrible people who have everything work out right. That is, the Lords reward and punishment seems absent from many people's lives at least in this world (I imagine such differences will be more noticeable in the next).

But then what I wonder about this is the Lord's strange hand of favor in my life. The Lord has blessed me above and beyond my whole life. I'm married to a woman who had no business marrying me (she was WAY out of my league). I have a daughter who is far too well behaved to be paying me back for who I was as a child. I live in a wonderful place which was nearly handed to me as a gift and get to do my dream job. Did I mention life is pretty grand?

So when I think about all my blessings and I'm done giving thanks, I often quiver at the thought of why I'm so blessed. Have I done something to deserve this? Is that big tithe a few years back responsible? Is it because I followed the Lord's call that He's rewarding me? OR have I done nothing special and he's just having grace for me. And if thats the case, He could take it away with as little reason as He's given it. And that's scary.

Anyhow. I just don't know what I think about this. Sometimes when I look at how blessed I am I wonder if my friends and family who have suffered so much have done so because of something dark in their hearts or some horrible hidden sin and the Lord is punishing them. This idea doesn't line up with my theology about this at all - but I can't help but wonder.

Thoughts?

Falling headlong - and all his bowels gushed out (Acts 1:18)

"Now this man bought a field with the reward of his wickedness, and falling headlong he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out." - Acts 1:18

Today a friend of mine asked me to explain the seeming contradiction between this verse and Matthew 27:5 in relation to how Judas died and also who the "Field of Blood" was purchased by. It's an interesting question and we did some research together to come to some sort of conclusion.

I'm not particularly interested in discussing the possible contradiction (suffice it to say that I don't think there is one), but rather the word choice. It says Judas fell headlong. This reminds me of one of my favorite verses in the Psalms:

"The steps of a man are established by the LORD,
when he delights in his way;  
though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong,
for the LORD upholds his hand." - Psalms 37:23-24

I'm just thinking about how Judas must have not be delighting in the way of the Lord. I know, it seems obvious he wasn't if he was betraying the savior. But how interesting it is that the same word here - at least in English (and if you know the Hebrew and Greek in these two situations maybe you can shed some more light) - is the same as in the Psalms.

I want so badly to desire the Lord and to walk in His path. I want to delight in His ways and be upheld by His hand. I'm sure we all hope for a better ending than Judas. Apparently the answer is here - delighting in the way of the Lord.