Category: Psalms

Psalm 23:  A Prescription for Health

 May 22, 2018

Psalm 23, a prescription for health? How can that be? I don’t know about you, but personally, I’m not the best patient. I have problems following orders. I second guess and question and pretty much do what I want to do and find ways to justify this. Somehow, I get by. It must be frustrating […]

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Psalm 22:  Moving From Despair to Hope!

 May 15, 2018

“My God, My God, why have you abandoned me?” – Jesus cries from the cross, his lowest point, also his highest. This was what he had come here to do, to die so that we might live. In that moment he fulfilled all the Father had commanded. Jesus last words in Mark’s gospel make up […]

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Psalm 21: Would You Like to be Queen for a Day!

 May 8, 2018

“Would you like to be queen for a day?” the announcer would shout at the beginning of the TV Show “Queen for a Day.” You can, Psalm 21 tells us! I remember watching as a kid. Even then I thought it was a little strange as four women were selected out of the audience and told […]

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Psalm 20: What’s in a Name?

 May 1, 2018

What’s in a name? Shakespeare tell us, “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”  The author of Psalm 20 would beg to differ with this statement. Psalm 20 The psalm for this week, Psalm 20, is a royal psalm (other royal psalms include 2, 28, 45, 72, 101, 132, 144). The format […]

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Psalm 19 – God’s Glory Shines in Heaven and in God’s Law

 April 25, 2018

The heavens are telling the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims his handiwork! (1) We, here in Michigan, are finally getting some days of sunshine and the promise of spring after late April snowstorms. While sunshine is not absent the majority of days, we are not a sunshine state. And so, we appreciate those days […]

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Psalm 18 – Finding Shelter during Life’s Storms!

 April 17, 2018

“Don’t tell God how big your storm is, tell the storm how big your God is,” my friend, Marcy Keefe-Slager, once said. And well she knew about storms in her life. She survived breast cancer only to die from lung cancer many years later. Here in Michigan, we have been hit by some late winter […]

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Psalm 17:  Keep Me as the Apple of the Eye

 April 10, 2018

“Keep me as the apple of the eye,” our psalmist asks God today. It is a beautiful prayer for protection, calling upon God to save the writer from evil, slanderous men who had brought charges against him in court. The writer has taken refuge in the temple and calls upon God to protect him. It […]

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Psalm 16 – Quiet Trust in God

 April 3, 2018

Psalm 16 is a psalm of confident, quiet trust in God. After all of the big events of Holy Week and Easter, it’s nice to have some time for quiet reflection. Psalm 16 invites us to do this. The writer entrusts his life to God, “Preserve me, O God, for in thee I take refuge […]

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Psalm 15 – How Do We Find Happiness?

 March 20, 2018

Happiness, the pursuit of happiness, is an American ideal. Everyone has the right to pursue his/her happiness, but what does that mean? What is happiness and how do we find it? Happiness according to Webster Webster says that happiness is a state of well-being and contentment. It’s not a state of ecstatic, frenzied delight, but […]

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Psalm 14: What Fools These Mortals Be  

 March 13, 2018

“Lord, what fools these mortals be!” Puck, Shakespeare’s Midsummer’s Night Dream, Act. III, Sc. II What fools indeed! We think ourselves wise, when we are not. We think we don’t need God, that God is the invention of feeble minds. A fool, according to Webster, is a person who lacks sense or judgment:  a jester, […]

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