Category: Psalms

With Open Hands – God’s Hands in the Psalms

 August 29, 2023

With open hands, God pours out blessings and abundance on the world. What else do we know about God’s hands from our reading of the Psalms? God’s Hands in the Psalms There are numerous references to hands in the Psalms, from clapping and lifting hands in praise, being at your right hand, and other physical […]

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God’s Eyes in the Psalms

 August 3, 2023

God’s eyes are ever present, ever watchful. They see everything, even that which is hidden. They aren’t blue or green or brown or any known color, at least from what we know from Scripture. But they are all knowing, all loving, as we learn from the Psalms. God’s Eyes in Scripture We read in Scripture […]

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What Can We Learn About Mercy in the Psalms

 July 11, 2023

God’s mercy is vast and deep, surpassing our human capacity to understand. One need only read the Psalms to recognize this. What else can we learn about mercy in the Psalms? Mercy in Scripture The word mercy and forms of the word such as mercies and merciful, occurs over 200 times in Scripture. The majority […]

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The Psalms and Trauma

 February 22, 2023

Many say that the trauma of slaves remains embedded in their ancestors on a cellular level today. If that is true, then the trauma of slavery remained a part of the Hebrew nation throughout the Old Testament since the time of Moses. Theirs is a history of trauma that impacts their worldview. And so, trauma […]

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Psalm 97 – Repetitions that Delight – Christmas 2011

 December 25, 2022

Some things bear repeating. And so, I’m repeating this blog post from Christmas 2011 – repetitions that delight! Relevant today as it was eleven years ago. Merry Christmas! Psalm 97 – Repetitions that Delight When my son, Dan, was a baby, he had one book he wanted me to read over and over and over, […]

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What Do Mountains in the Psalms Teach Us About God?

 October 11, 2022

I awoke on Sunday morning to the words, “I will lift my eyes to the mountains,” and “As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord is around his people.” I was in Rock Springs, Wyoming, on the last leg of a journey to Idaho to visit family. There were mountain in the distance prompting my […]

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Psalm 139:7-8 – The Hound of Heaven

 October 4, 2022

I was aware of the poem, The Hound of Heaven, by Frances Thompson, but didn’t pay it much attention until writing the last book in my series, Prima Ballerina. It seemed the perfect poem for Ashley, the main character. As I read Psalm 139 recently, I realized that long before Thompson wrote his masterpiece, there […]

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Psalm 34:8 – Taste and See! The Senses in the Psalms

 September 13, 2022

Psalm 34:8 tells us to “taste and see the goodness of the Lord!” But how is that possible? How can you taste God – a spiritual being? And the tongue can’t see … or can it? The Importance of the Senses As a writer I’m aware of the importance of using all senses to engage […]

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Humility in the Psalms

 August 16, 2022

Humility is an essential virtue for the spiritual journey. We need humility to acknowledge our need for God. But what can we learn about humility in the Psalms? What do the Psalms have to teach us about this crucial virtue? What differentiates Humility? I’ve heard that humility lies between courage and arrogance. What a wonderful […]

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Forgiveness in the Psalms

 June 30, 2022

Forgiveness is a process. It doesn’t happen overnight and usually requires time and healing. But what does Scripture tell us about forgiveness? And, what can we learn about forgiveness in the Psalms? Forgiveness is a Process “I’ve given up on forgiving and loving,” the eighty-four-year-old woman claimed as she sat down next to me. I […]

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