Category: Psalms

Psalm 117: The Benefits of Praise

 March 26, 2020

What if I told you I had a surefire way to chase away the shelter in place doldrums, put a stop to excessive worry and cure a critical spirit? And it doesn’t cost anything! That is what the commentary on Psalm 117 in my copy of The Interpreter’s Bible claims. The magic bullet?  Praise! Or […]

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Psalm 116: God Conquers Death

 March 19, 2020

During Lent many people come up with self-imposed sacrifices, giving up chocolate, cheese, alcohol, adding fasting and penance. Myself, I may give up something but I usually wait to see what sacrifice God is going to give me each Lent. What God sends us is always more meaningful than the ones we come up with. […]

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Psalm 115: Worshiping that which has no Substance

 March 12, 2020

What do you worship? What are the hidden idols in your life? Idols crop up everywhere. Throughout history they take new forms. We are hard-wired for worship. Often we are misled into seeking out false idols to fill that need for worship. Our idols may not be images of silver and gold, but may be […]

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Psalm 114: When Mountains Skip Like Rams!

 March 5, 2020

If you are looking for creative metaphors, similes and personification (where inanimate objects are given human qualities), all rooted in creation, you need look no further than the Psalms. Trees clap their hands in applause at the works of God and mountains skip like rams in joy. Psalm 114 is a prime example of this […]

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Psalm 113: Praise the Lord Who Lifts Up the Poor!

 February 27, 2020

When the writer of Psalm 113 praises God, he does so not because of his majesty and power, nor because of his riches and worldly success, or even because of his great wisdom. He praises God because God cares for the poor and the needy. Psalm 113 Psalm 113 states that God raised up the […]

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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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