Category: Psalms

Psalm 112: The Rewards of Wisdom

 February 20, 2020

What if I told you, you were rich? Would you believe me? If you are wise, then you are rich, or so we learn in Psalm 112. Psalm 112 Virtue is its own reward, we’ve heard many times. As a writer, I’ve been told that the work is its own reward. (That is true, but […]

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Psalm 111: Where Do We Find Wisdom?

 February 13, 2020

Who are the wise among us? What constitutes wisdom? Stephen Hawking, a professed atheist, is considered one of the most intelligent people alive today. But is he wise? What about the members of Congress? Is there any wisdom to be found there? Or are they just out for their own good, setting policies that support […]

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Psalm 110: A Priest Forever

 February 6, 2020

The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” (4) For years I’ve been hearing this passage from Psalm 110 but who is this Melchizedek and what is the priesthood that is being referred to? Who Is Melchizedek? In the past I’ve wondered […]

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Psalm 109: Expletive Deleted!

 January 30, 2020

Why do we say that someone who peppers his speech with swear words has a “colorful” language? I personally think their language is drab and dull. Not only does it show a lack of vocabulary, it shows a lack of imagination. Now if you are looking for colorful curses, you need look no further than […]

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Psalm 108: Painting with a Brush of Thanksgiving.

 January 23, 2020

“The great painter boasted that he mixed all his colors with brains, and the great saint may be said to mix all his thoughts with thanks.” G.K. Chesterton A saint is someone who paints with the brush of thanksgiving. All events, all thoughts, are colored by thanksgiving. Such is the situation in Psalm 108. Psalm […]

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Psalm 107: Giving Thanks for God’s Steadfast Love

 January 16, 2020

As I look back over my life, I can recount incidents where I walked in and out of harm’s way, unaware of the potential for danger. I was clueless. But God kept me safe – as the saying goes, God watches over fools and drunkards. I’m not a drunkard, so I guess that leaves me […]

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Psalm 106: Parallel Histories of God’s Steadfast Love

 January 9, 2020

As a Star Trek fan from back when there was only the one version, I’m familiar with the concept of parallel universes. In these parallel universes, the people are similar but living different lives, having made different choices. The classic concept is one of good versus evil; the command of the Starship Enterprise in this […]

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Psalm 105: Blessed Forgetfulness!

 January 2, 2020

The start of another year. Time to reflect back on the past year and look ahead to the next. In Psalm 105, the writer looks back at the history of the Hebrew nation, using selective memory. When it comes to memories, we all have selective ones at times. Memories can change over the course of […]

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Psalm 104: What are We to Meditate on?

 December 26, 2019

I try to be aware of what is going on in the world. We are not meant to live our lives in isolation from the problems on earth and the needs of others. And so I listen to the news and read online articles about the latest hot spot and crisis. I try to be […]

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Psalm 103: Renewing Your Youth Like an Eagle

 December 19, 2019

As I’ve been reflecting on Psalm 103, the song from GodSpell based on this psalm, keeps coming back to me, filling my head with music: “O Bless the Lord, my Soul!” (1a, 2a, 22b) There are many reasons to bless the Lord. First among these are God’s mercy and steadfast love, as recounted in Psalm […]

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