Category: Psalms

Psalm 76: Warrior God? Seeing God as We Are

 June 11, 2019

We see God as we are, not as God is. Hence, the image of a warrior God, as found in Psalm 76. Psalm 76 Psalm 76 extols the power of a conquering God. It is harsh and unrelenting. God is “glorious and terrible” – two translations of the same Hebrew word. “Glorious are you, more […]

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Psalm 75: Let’s Have Some Wine!

 June 5, 2019

If it can be celebrated, it must be celebrated! At least that’s my thinking. I’m halfway through the book of Psalms. Once Psalm 75 is done I’ll have only seventy-five to go! That’s a reason for celebrating. A Cup of Spiced Wine Time to raise a glass of wine. “For in the hand of the […]

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Psalm 74: Where was God?

 May 28, 2019

Where was God when the Twin Towers fell? When the tsunami swept away thousands of lives in Indonesia? When the woman was brutally raped and murdered? The child abused? Christians beheaded by ISIS? Where was God? Psalm 74 is a lament of the community that asks this question. Where was God when the Temple was […]

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Psalm 73:  Are You Green with Envy?

 May 21, 2019

“Truly God is good to the upright, to those who are pure in heart.” (1) Thus begins Psalm 73. The psalm ends with words of confident trust, “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.” (26) But the path to reach this faith […]

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Psalm 71 – Grow Old with the Lord!

 May 7, 2019

Getting old is not for sissies, the residents of my mom’s retirement community told me on numerous occasions, quoting Bette Davis. The writer of Psalm 71 knows something about this. Psalm 71 The author of Psalm 71 is an old man. His hair is gray, “So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, […]

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Psalm 70: Hurry Up!

 April 30, 2019

When you or a loved one are sick, it’s easy to become impatient with the slow healing process. You can’t wait for them to get better. The writer of Psalm 70 knows about being in a hurry! Dealing with Sick Kids When my kids were in grade school, it seemed that between snow days, special […]

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Psalm 69: Dealing with Dark Days

 April 23, 2019

We just celebrated Holy Week and are now in the season of Easter, a time for celebration and new life. Yet not everyone is rejoicing. The sun may be shining, flowers blooming, but those dealing with depression find little reason for celebrating. They are stuck in somber Saturday, alone with Jesus in the tomb. Psalm […]

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Psalm 68: Will the Real God Please Stand Up!

 April 16, 2019

Years ago, when I was a child and TV was young, there was a game show called, “To Tell the Truth.” Three people claimed to be the same person. The object of the game was for contestants to determine who was lying and who was telling the truth. At the end of the show the […]

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Psalm 67: Avoiding Triumphalism

 April 9, 2019

In high school I read the short story “The Misbegotten Missionary” by Isaac Asimov. In the story, a small alien hitched a ride on a space ship. His mission: to save us from our own aloneness and destructiveness by making all “one,” a precursor to the Borg Collective on Star Trek. This alien had the […]

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