Category: Psalms

Psalm 58 – Vengeance is Mine, Says Me!

 February 5, 2019

You’ve heard the saying, vengeance is mine, says the Lord. If I had my way, it would be, says me, or at least I would like to dictate the shape this vengeance might take, like the writer of Psalm 58. Psalm 58 – Images The writer calls for vengeance. In his defense, he is not […]

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Psalm 57: Under God’s Wings

 January 30, 2019

Right now, hiding under God’s wings and staying there until spring sounds like a great idea. The bitter cold and snow we are experiencing in the Midwest puts me into hibernation mode. I’m craving carbs to put on layers of fat to keep me warm! Not a good place to be. Under God’s wings, however, […]

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Psalm 56: God, the Tear Catcher

 January 22, 2019

God, the tear catcher! Another image of God from Scripture. There are many images of God found in the Bible, including father, mother, spirit, way, truth, light, gate, gatekeeper, lion, eagle, mother hen, shepherd. The list goes on. Now, thanks to Psalm 56, I have another image for God, the tear catcher. Psalm 56 Psalm […]

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Psalm 55: Seeking a Place of Refuge

 January 15, 2019

In Psalm 55 we hear the well-known line, “O that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.” (6) Who hasn’t thought this at times? I know I have. As we go through these winter months our minds are often preoccupied with thoughts of vacation, flying away to some exotic, […]

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Psalm 54: Can Lament Help Cure Worry?

 January 7, 2019

If it can be worried about, it must be worried about. That’s one of my life philosophies. Not that it’s a good one. Not that it was one of my own choosing. My mother, a champion worrier, handed this philosophy down to me. I wish I could be rid of this obsessive worry. I’m working […]

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Psalm 53:  Rinse and Repeat

 January 1, 2019

“Do it again, do it again,” small children say over and over again when engaged in a favorite activity. One push on a swing is never enough. You have to keep pushing till you drop from exhaustion. It isn’t enough to read a favorite book once. It has to be read multiple times till you […]

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Psalm 52: Seeking the Truth

 December 26, 2018

“Everybody lies” – so says Dr. Gregory House from the popular TV series “House.” Cynical, yet it rings true, we all lie at times. It is a social skill first formed at the age of reason, seven, then developed over time. Anyone who insists they never lie is a liar. The writer of Psalm 52 […]

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Psalm 51:  Seeking Forgiveness

 December 18, 2018

Psalm 51, the most well-known of the Penitential Psalms, is a psalm commonly associated with Lent.  The writer prays for the removal of personal and social sin. So what does Psalm 51 have to say to us in the midst of this holiday season? Psalm 51 Psalm 51 is attributed to King David after being […]

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Psalm 50:  What Does it Mean to Offer a Sacrifice of Praise?

 December 11, 2018

Psalm 50 and Paul in Hebrews 13:15 speak of offering God a sacrifice of praise (“Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name.”), but what does that mean? How can praising God be a sacrifice? Isn’t it a joy and […]

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Psalm 49: Who is the Prudent One

 December 3, 2018

Who is the prudent one? What does it mean to be prudent? Psalm 49 gives us a clue. In canon law studies, the question was always, what would the prudent man do? To be prudent, according to Webster, is to be shrewd in management of practical affairs, to be cautious, discreet, judicious, foresighted, sensible and […]

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