Category: Psalms

Psalm 39 – Why Does Life Have to be so Hard?

 September 18, 2018

Random reflections on Psalm 39: God, why does life have to be so hard? I know my sinfulness, you know it too—after all you created me. If you know my nature then why be so harsh when I act in accord with that nature? When I behave in ways that are all too human? Remember, […]

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Psalm 38 – Whatever Happened to Guilt?

 September 11, 2018

Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his book, Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible, tell us: “If we want to read and to pray the prayers of the Bible and especially the Psalms, therefore, we must not ask first what they have to do with us, but what they have to do with Jesus Christ. We must […]

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Psalm 37 – Good Things Come to those Who Wait!

 September 5, 2018

Waiting is a routine part of life. We are always waiting for something or someone. Yet, for all the waiting we do, most of us do it poorly. We are in a hurry, easily frustrated and can burst into anger when we have to wait more than a minute for a download of a video […]

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Psalm 36 – Dealing with Evil

 August 28, 2018

From whence comes our fascination with serial killers? Every week the TV series, Criminal Minds, gives us yet another psychopathic killer, each competing with the last week’s to be even more devious and deadly. What is up with this? Why this fascination with evil? Psalm 36 has something to say about this. Psychopaths Among Us […]

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Psalm 35 – All About Me!

 August 21, 2018

Psalm 35 is all about the writer. He writes, me, me, me. His whole focus is on himself and asking God to do for him. In doing so, it is a very human psalm in the midst of all the Psalms where human emotion and error is so prevalent. In contrast to Psalm 34 wherein […]

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Psalm 34 – God Preserves the Bones of the Righteous

 August 14, 2018

Anyone who watched the TV series Bones, knows that you can learn a lot about a person by studying their bones. As someone who has been diagnosed with osteoporosis, I take bone health seriously. Is it any wonder that I found myself drawn to verse 20 of Psalm 34: “He keeps all his bones; not […]

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Psalm 33 – Is It Possible to Sing a New Song?

 August 7, 2018

Psalm 33 instructs us to sing a new song, “Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.” (3) What might this new song be? How do we know it is new and not just a rehash of other songs, warmed over and re-served? Ecclesiastes says there is nothing new […]

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Psalm 32: Is Confession Good for Body and Soul?

 July 31, 2018

“When I declared not my sin, my body wasted away. . . I acknowledged my sin . . . then thou didst forgive the guilt of my sin.” (Psalm 32:3-5) It’s been said that confession is good for the soul, but the writer of Psalm 32 would say it is good for the body as […]

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Psalm 31 – Those Who See Me, Flee from Me

 July 17, 2018

Who are the pariahs of our times? Who do we run from? Perhaps victims of AIDS who are considered unclean? Perhaps those disfigured by war that we don’t want to look at because it upsets us? Or stroke survivors who struggle to create a new normal after the debilitating effects of this attack on their […]

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Psalm 30: Joy Comes with the Morning

 July 10, 2018

Joy comes with the morning. This passage gave me comfort years ago when my position as chaplain was abruptly eliminated. One minute I was planning out the next month’s sermons, an hour later I was sitting in my car with twelve years of my life packed into the trunk and back seat. I had started […]

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