Category: Psalms

Psalm 94:  What Does God’s Vengeance Look Like?

 October 17, 2019

“O Lord, God of vengeance, God of vengeance, shine forth!” (94:1) So begins Psalm 94, but what is this vengeance? Is God’s vengeance the same as human vengeance? Psalm 94 Psalm 94 is a lament in two parts. The first fifteen verses comprise a lament of the community against evildoers who oppress the most vulnerable […]

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Psalm 93 – God is Lord over the Flood

 October 10, 2019

Anyone who has witnessed the power of water rushing unchecked is aware of the power of the flood. The waves of tsunamis have wrought an incredible amount of death and destruction. Hurricanes with days of non-stop rain have ravaged cities along our coast. In Noah’s time the flood wiped all living beings off the face […]

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Psalm 92 – Bearing Fruit in Old Age

 October 4, 2019

Do birthdays get better as we get older? Instead of a birth “day” some years, I have a birth “week”, finding fun ways to celebrate all week. Psalm 92 offers words of hope to all of us as we grow older; that we aren’t just getting older, we are getting better. Psalm 92 A hymn […]

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Psalm 91: Clinging to God

 September 25, 2019

It used to be that Amazing Grace was the “go to” hymn for funerals. The strains of the music started and that was the cue for tears to start. That distinction now belongs to the hymn, On Eagle’s Wings. It seems I hear it at every Memorial Service or funeral I attend. Based on Psalm […]

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Psalm 90: Ending Like a Sigh

 September 18, 2019

“Our years come to an end like a sigh,” Psalm 90 tells us (9b). Will your life end like a sigh? A single breath let loose as a final “Amen” to a life well-lived? Or will you burn out quickly, like a candle burning at both ends? Paul speaks of this life as a race […]

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Psalm 89: God’s Steadfast Love

 September 11, 2019

How deep is God’s love? How far and how wide? Psalm 89 has something to teach us about this. Steadfast Love The Hebrew word which is translated as steadfast love in the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, is mercy and loving kindness in other translations. I personally prefer the term steadfast love to mercy […]

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Psalm 88: Companion Darkness

 September 4, 2019

“The rest is silence,” Hamlet’s last words – an interesting word choice for someone who never had an unspoken thought, or so it seems to me as he shared with us, the audience, all of his ruminations. He could have as easily said, “The rest is darkness.” The Prince of Denmark was no stranger to […]

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Psalm 87: Mother Zion – Why Can’t We Just Get Along?

 August 29, 2019

“He’s looking at me! Tell him to stop!” “She’s touching me. Ooo, cooteys!” Sound familiar? If not then you are not a parent to two or more kids. Siblings fight. It’s part of the reality of having kids. We love our brothers and sisters, but they also drive us crazy when we are little and […]

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Psalm 86: Loving the Not Yet

 August 21, 2019

Pierre Tielhard de Chardin, a French priest and theologian who lived in the first half of the twentieth century, integrated science and theology with the spiritual exercises of Ignatius. One of the concepts of Tielhard is loving the “not yet,” the potential, the future. We love people as they are now, but also love the […]

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Psalm 85: Aiming for Heaven

 August 14, 2019

There is a new sense of time that can come with age:  gero-transcendence, or climbing over, transcending, age. Memories of past events from childhood seem like only yesterday. They are as real now as when they first happened. You can hold the past and present together in a new way you couldn’t before. The veil […]

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