Category: Psalms

Psalm 150: The After Glow

 September 29, 2016

There is a moment after watching a wonderful fireworks display or hearing a magnificent symphony or concert, or seeing a phenomenal performance, that you just want to sit in the afterglow of the experience and bask in the memory. After the four great Alleluia psalms we just read, especially Psalms 147 and 148 that explode […]

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Psalm 148: All Creation Praise the Lord!

 September 16, 2016

Psalm 148, the third of the alleluia psalms that end the Psalter, is a simple song of praise to God found in creation, paralleling the creation story of Genesis. All creation is called upon to praise God, starting with the heavens, sun & moon, then moving to the earth, the animals, and finally humans. The […]

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Psalm 147: Twelve Reasons to Praise God

 September 8, 2016

Psalm 147 is the second of the hallelujah psalms that bring the book of the Psalms to a close. It enumerates many reasons to praise our God, any one of which is sufficient reason unto itself, but put together into one psalm it resonates and resounds so that only the most closed of mind could […]

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Psalm 146: Praise the Lord who Lifts Up those Who are Bowed Down!

 August 25, 2016

  I’m looking for a few good women or men, people who are more concerned with helping others than promoting themselves. No sense in looking in congress for such persons. If they are there, they are pretty much invisible. These public servants are too busy trying to ensure they are re-elected, doing insider trading, and […]

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Psalm 145: The Beginning of the End

 August 19, 2016

Throughout the centuries people have been fascinated by talk of the end times. They read the book of Revelation, see elements of their own time and predict the end is near. Hence the popularity of the Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins Left Behind book series and stories predicting the end on the History Channel. From […]

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Psalm 144: Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammo?

 August 12, 2016

There’s something in the Bible for everyone:  for young lovers full of vigor, seniors struggling with disability, for kings and leaders, for the poor or depressed, for simple farm laborers, for family members. That’s part of the beauty of Scripture. It can also be problematic because people often chose to manipulate Scripture to fit their […]

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Psalm 143: Knowing when to Stop Talking

 August 4, 2016

  We all know the type. They make a good point in a presentation but instead of stopping, they keep talking, leaving us behind in the wake of their self-congratulations and taking away from what they had earlier said. Or those who apologize for something they did wrong, but instead of ending with the apology, […]

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Psalm 142: From Prison Cells

 July 22, 2016

If prison walls could talk . . . you would hear stories as unique as all of the individuals who have resided therein. The walls of Long Kesh prison in Northern Ireland would have tales of hunger strikes and protests as IRA prisoners demanded to be treated as political prisoners and refused to put on […]

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Psalm 141: An Evening Examen

 July 14, 2016

As an off the charts introvert, my inclination for most of my life has been to keep my mouth shut. Unlike the extrovert who waxes eloquent at the first opportunity that presents itself, my tendency has been to only speak when I feel I have something of significance to say, or feel compelled to speak. […]

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