Category: Psalms

Psalm 50:  What Does it Mean to Offer a Sacrifice of Praise?

 December 11, 2018

Psalm 50 and Paul in Hebrews 13:15 speak of offering God a sacrifice of praise (“Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name.”), but what does that mean? How can praising God be a sacrifice? Isn’t it a joy and […]

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Psalm 49: Who is the Prudent One

 December 3, 2018

Who is the prudent one? What does it mean to be prudent? Psalm 49 gives us a clue. In canon law studies, the question was always, what would the prudent man do? To be prudent, according to Webster, is to be shrewd in management of practical affairs, to be cautious, discreet, judicious, foresighted, sensible and […]

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Psalm 48: Journey’s End – Pilgrimage

 November 28, 2018

“Next year in Jerusalem!” So ends the Jewish Seder meal. Pilgrimages to the holy city of Jerusalem were an important part of the Jewish faith in Old Testament times. There was only one Temple, the Temple in Jerusalem, David’s city. The journey was meant to give pilgrims plenty of time to reflect on God; the […]

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Psalm 47:  What Does It Mean to Pray “Thy Kingdom Come?”

 November 21, 2018

Every time we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we pray “thy kingdom come,” often sliding over the words without pausing to understand what the words mean. Jesus proclaimed that the kingdom of God was near. He compared the kingdom to a mustard seed (Mt. 13:31), yeast (13:33), a treasure (13:44), a pearl of great price (13:45-46), […]

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Psalm 46: Be Still and Know

 November 12, 2018

In a world full of noise and activity, Psalm 46 reminds us of the importance a being still and listening to our God. Our Noisy World In his book, The ScrewTape Letters, C.S. Lewis has the devil, ScrewTape, giving instructions to his disciple, Wormwood, on how to lead humans astray. When Wormwood comes up with […]

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Psalm 45: What’s Happening to Marriage?

 November 6, 2018

Psalm 45 was written for a royal wedding. We love royal weddings, don’t we? For that matter, as a society we seem to be in love with weddings, rivaling the royal wedding with expenditures and extravagances to make that day “special”–as if wanting to commit your lives to each other wasn’t special enough. But for […]

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Psalm 44:  What Does It Mean to be Chosen?

 October 31, 2018

Remember those days of waiting in the school gym to be picked for dodgeball? Maybe you weren’t the last one left standing. Maybe you were second to last. Or maybe you were the first one chosen each time, leaving the rest of us peons to wallow in our jealousy! Most of us know the pain […]

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Psalm 43:  A Sword in my Bones

 October 23, 2018

“Why are you cast down, O my soul?” Psalm 43 asks. Why indeed? Why not? Certainly there are many reasons to be downcast. Most scholars believe that this short psalm was actually part of Psalm 42. There are many good reasons for this, a key one being that the last verse, “Why are you cast […]

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Psalm 42: What Is Your Deepest Desire?

 October 16, 2018

What is your deepest desire? What do you long for? For many in Michigan, with our terrible roads and infrastructure, we might long for smooth, pot-hole free roads, and clean, safe water coming from our faucets. This past week, one such dream has been fulfilled for me as roads which required dodging back and forth, […]

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