Category: Psalms

Psalm 102: Like A Worn-Out Garment

 December 12, 2019

There are days I feel like a worn-out piece of clothing, worse for wear but not ready to be thrown away just yet. Like everyone and everything on this earth, I am getting older and with that territory comes a certain amount of wear and tear. I struggle with indigestion, me, whose favorite lunch used […]

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Psalm 101: 6 Characteristics of Moral Leaders

 December 5, 2019

We are less than a year away from the next presidential election, but have been inundated with political posturing and debates for the past year. These candidates might well take note of the tips for leadership found in Psalm 101, attributed to King David. David successfully led his army in battle and united the tribes […]

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Psalm 100: Make a Joyful Noise and Give Thanks!

 November 28, 2019

Hurray! With Psalm 100, I’m two-thirds of the way through the Psalms. If I continue at this rate, I will be all the way through the book of Psalms by this time next year! Reason to rejoice! As we in America celebrate Thanksgiving, there are many reasons to give thanks and make a joyful noise. […]

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Psalm 99: God’s Holy Mountain

 November 22, 2019

During the summer of 1980, I spent two months in the Dominican Republic, living in the mountains with two religious sisters in the small town of San Jose de Ocoa. At night I would sit in a rocking chair on the porch and enjoy the sight of the mountains. Much like the early Hebrews and […]

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Psalm 98: Keep the Victory!

 November 13, 2019

A friend of mine routinely says, “Keep the victory,” as his goodbye. What he means by that, I never bothered to ask. I figured I knew but now I question this. That phrase came back to me as I read Psalm 98. Psalm 98 Once again, in Psalm 98, we are called to sing a […]

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Psalm 97: Mountains Melting Like Wax

 November 6, 2019

Sunrises over a mountain, the changing seasons, a baby’s laugh, some things never get old. No matter how many times we see the sun rise, it still inspires awe. No matter how many times we watch the changing seasons come and go, they remain a wonder. We hear a baby laugh and the sound still […]

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Psalm 96: Sing a New Old Song

 October 30, 2019

Psalm 96:  Sing a New Old Song Whenever unsure about what song to write, musicians frequently look to old songs and do remakes. Remakes of old songs are often sure hits. Sometimes they surpass the popularity of the original. Sometimes the original is forgotten entirely. We may be surprised to learn a song we love […]

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Psalm 95: Choose – Heaven or Hell?

 October 24, 2019

My favorite images of heaven and hell come from C.S. Lewis in his books, The Great Divorce, and the last book of the Chronicles of Narnia, The Last Battle. Those in hell choose hell. They become smaller and smaller and further isolated from others. They are but specters. In heaven, everything is bigger and more […]

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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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