Category Archives: Scripture

Psalm 10: Break the Arm of the Evildoer

The Psalmist begins with an accusation: Why, O LORD, do you stand afar off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? Psalm 10:1 These are strong words, but I’ve been there. Have you ever felt as if God … Continue reading

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Psalm 9: A Stronghold for the Oppressed

But the Lord sits enthroned forever; he has established his throne for justice, and he judges the world with righteousness; he judges the peoples with uprightness. The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. … Continue reading

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Reactionary

One of the words which best describes our current culture is “reactionary.” A car comes up quickly beside you in the adjacent lane. Do you find yourself speeding up to keep him / her from passing you? (Be honest.) Why … Continue reading

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Psalm 8: What is Man?

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the … Continue reading

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Psalm 7: Refuge

One of the great comforts in the Scriptures is the way the term “refuge” is applied to God. David cries out to God in seek of a place of safety and salvation. O Lord my God, in you do I … Continue reading

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Hosanna and the Idolatry of Our Expectations

Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, … Continue reading

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Psalm 6: Drenched Couches

Sorry for the long delay between Psalm posts. I’ve been a little discouraged but now I’m back in the groove of writing again. Psalm 6 is a cry for healing amid the weight of grief and anguish. David begins this … Continue reading

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Psalm 5: In the Morning You Hear My Prayer

As I continue my slow stroll through the Psalms, I’m struck by the way the Psalmists weave God into the “ordinary” rhythms of the day — what some have called “the offices of prayer.” Psalm 4 ends with the Psalmist … Continue reading

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Psalm 4: I Lie Down in Peace

Psalm 4 is traditionally understood as an evening Psalm, a prayer for bedtime. This is because of the powerful closing line, found in verse 8: In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make … Continue reading

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Psalm 3: Arise

The heading for Psalm 3 indicates the setting: when David fled from his own son, Absalom. I was immediately struck by how difficult this must have been for David. When your own son is trying to take your life, you … Continue reading

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