Category: Psalms

What Can We Learn about Home in the Psalms?

 September 1, 2021

Images of Afghan refugees are all over the news. We also have the ongoing immigrant crisis at our borders. What are they seeking? A new life. A place where they can live and prosper, safe from harm. A home. What can we learn about home in the Psalms? What is Home? Webster tells us that […]

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What Kind of Bird Are You? – Birds in the Psalms

 August 17, 2021

If someone asked you what kind of bird are you, what would be your response? I would choose a sparrow. Sparrows are small and insignificant. They are not showy like some birds. Nor do they draw attention to themselves. They are commonplace. Yet Jesus notices them. Sparrow in Scripture Jesus says, “Are not two sparrows […]

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Shakespeare and the Psalms

 August 10, 2021

Usually this time of the summer, I’m busy ushering at the productions put on by the Michigan Shakespeare Festival. Unfortunately, once again this year, the company has remained dark due to the difficulty of successfully offering a season amid a pandemic. And so, I’ve decided to offer you some of my thoughts on Shakespeare and […]

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Personification in the Psalms

 July 27, 2021

If you’ve ever watched the waves coming in on the shores of Lake Michigan on a windy day, or on ocean beaches, you know what the psalmist was talking about when he proclaimed, “Let the floods clap their hands!” (Psalm 98:8) The waves truly appear to clap when they crest and approach the shore. Just […]

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Poetic Justice in the Psalms – Hoisted by their own Petard

 July 8, 2021

A common device in crime shows and dramas is to allow your opponent to fall by their own devices. It’s a form of poetic justice. Or to use a phrase from Shakespeare, they are hoisted by their own petard. But did you know that this concept was around thousands of years ago in the shape […]

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Looking for Pennies from Heaven

 June 30, 2021

Are you looking for pennies from heaven? If so, you need look no further than the Psalms. In it are golden nuggets, words of wisdom, expressions of human emotion, beautiful poetry, all for the taking. All you have to do is open your Bible. Why Pennies? Maureen O’Brien, in her post, Pennies from Heaven, talks […]

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The Tear Catcher – Psalm 56:9

 June 10, 2021

There have been many tears over the past year. What happens to those tears? Do they fall unnoticed into tissues and sleeves where they are tossed or washed away? Psalm 56 tells us that God catches all of our tears. “My wanderings you have counted; my tears are stored in your flask; are they not […]

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A Cup of Coffee and the Psalms

 May 21, 2021

“My strength returns to me with my cup of coffee and the reading of the Psalms,” Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker community, said. A cup of coffee and the Psalms. Good things happen over a cup of coffee or tea:  in depth conversations with a friend or just shooting the breeze; early morning […]

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The Psalms and Anger – What Do They Teach Us?

 April 23, 2021

The book of Psalms is the prayer book of the early Hebrew community. In it you find the full range of human emotion, including anger. So, what do the Psalms teach us about anger? Anger in the Bible Human anger is seen as a natural part of human behavior in the Bible, though one that […]

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Selah – A Biblical Mystery

 March 17, 2021

Who doesn’t love a mystery? I know I do. I enjoy pondering questions, seeking answers. The Biblical word, Selah, is one such mystery. What does it mean? And why is it in the Bible? Selah in the Old Testament Selah is found 74 times in the Bible, 71 times in the Psalms and three times […]

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