My first all Mexican cuisine cookbook was created by a blind woman, Maria Zalayeta. She cooked by the sounds of the food. Her cookbook format included stories about her recipes. One story was about a group of nuns in a poor convent some years ago. Upon receiving an unexpected announcement about the imminent visit of their archbishop, the flustered nuns raced to their cupboard and discovered…very little. Sacrificing one of the few remaining chickens in their yard, they used what ingredients they had on hand: cocoa, peanut butter, tomato sauce, and Mexico’s ubiquitous cinnamon. The result? Mole poblano.
Now God is an amazing “cook.” What about his ingredients?
“None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. –Romans 3:10-12, 23
So God uses the “ingredients”–the people–he has on hand to accomplish his will and purpose. For example, a coward became the prophet-leader of a great nation–Moses. A poor shepherd boy became a king–David. Another passionate coward became the founder of the church–Peter. Saul the murderer became the great apostle Paul, and the fearful band of twelve, minus the traitor Judas, became the kernel of the greatest faith the world has ever seen.
Obviously, this story has a moral: The secret of great cooking lies with the cook, not the ingredients. Don’t be afraid to give yourself to the Lord. He uses the people he has on hand to do great things.
In case you’re curious–the photos above show my breakfast omelette. Due to coronavirus, my shopping these days is limited to no more than once every two weeks. Also, I find it more frugal to eat what I have before buying more. So, this meal came when both my closet and refrigerator were on the skimpy side. The filling ingredients are: Ricotta cheese (which unfortunately doesn’t melt), olives, and fresh jalapeño peppers, which I’ve learned to purchase in copious quantities, and one of the last remaining slices of deli ham. I had recently cooked a pot of dry red beans–they went on top of the eggs, along with Greek nonfat yogurt (always nice and thick), and an olive leftover from some nachos I had recently made. A few drops of Sriracha hot sauce added color and a bit of spice. Admittedly, this was not the best tasting omelette I’ve ever made…
After all these years I learned how to thicken a sauce with Arrowroot. Fantastic!
For those who may be new to OneSmallVoice.net, I’ve decided to repost this master index of articles about hearing the voice of Christ in the Psalms.
This post has been a long time coming. I’ve gathered up nearly everything I’ve ever posted over the years concerning the Psalter. I am one small voice, a nobody in both the academic and church worlds. But this is my testimony. Christians have always encouraged Christians by sharing their testimonies. I hope that this life-love of mine will encourage others to move forward in their own reading of God’s Word. God wrote the Bible for the “nobodies” of this world to read and find his love and hope within its pages. You do not need experts to profit from God’s word. God’s Holy Spirit in your heart is the only expert you need. God bless you!
The text I use most often when writing about the Psalter is the Septuagint. Its numbering system differs from the numbering of most English language Bibles. The index below uses the Masoretic numbering system found in popular versions, such as the ESV, NIV, and NET, with the Septuagint number in parenthesis. Each of the article titles is a link to an article written by Christina Wilson on this site, OneSmallVoice.net.
Bibliographies by This Author for These Articles
Psalms by Number
4(4) Jesus’ Prayer Closet
6(6) Enter God’s Wrath
9 and 10(9) Psalms 9 and 10: Justice
9 and 10(9) Psalms 9 and 10: A Reader’s Theater
11(10) See the sidebar explanation in “Psalms 9 and 10: Justice.” Psalm “10” in the Septuagint is Psalm 11 in the Masoretic. I currently have no post for this psalm.
13(12) Life as Paradox
15(14) God’s Take on Current Events
16(15 ) Running to God
21(19) A Structural Analysis
22(21) Dialogue in Psalm 22
22(21) Sisters: Psalms 22 and 102
25(24) God Is Invitation
30(29):5 Weeping Replaced by Joy: Psalm 30:5
33(32) For Lovers of God
37(36) Psalms 7 and 37: Dynamic Duo
42(41) Love Letter from the Cross
52(51) Good Versus Evil Defined
56-60(55-59) Psalms 56-60: A Packet–The Superscriptions
68(67):1-6 A Harry Potter Kind of Celebration
88(87) A Tenebrae Psalm
89(88) A Short Devotional
100(99) Thanksgiving Day in Psalms
102(101) Sister of Psalm 22: Psalm 102
103(102) Bless the Lord, O My Soul!
103(102) Psalm 103 in Big Sycamore
107(106) Gone Fishing
116(115) Christ Loves the Father
116(115):11 All Mankind Are Liars
118(117) Triplet of Psalms: 18, 88, 118
121(120) Psalm 121
130(129) Waiting Out the Storm: Psalm 130
132(131) Intercession and Divine Speech
137(136) Biblically Sanctioned Violence?
142(141) You Are Not Alone–Help Is on Its Way
146(145) When Humankind Fails Us
Overviews of Psalms and How to Read Scripture