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Sometimes, and maybe always, the Scriptures make sense only if we read between the lines.

For instance, what’s the point of Israel—if God doesn’t choose everyone?

Why would Jesus’ answer about the greatest of all commandments be so good and wise— if (behind the scenes of our collective wrongs and chaos) God didn’t love us with all of his heart, mind, and strength?

Why would anyone love God without the Spirit-given intuitive conviction that he loves us?

And when it comes to the following ancient song, why would the author write,

“From the depths of despair, O Lord,

I call for your help.

Hear my cry, O Lord.

Pay attention to my prayer.

Lord, if you kept a record of our sins,

who, O Lord, could ever survive?

But you offer forgiveness,

that we might learn to fear you.

I am counting on the Lord;

yes, I am counting on him.

I have put my hope in his word.

I long for the Lord

more than sentries long for the dawn,

yes, more than sentries long for the dawn.

O Israel, hope in the Lord;

for with the Lord there is unfailing love.

His redemption overflows.

He himself will redeem Israel

from every kind of sin.” (Psalm 130:4)


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