Category: Psalms

Psalm 131: A Child At Rest

 July 9, 2020

Michigan summers are a great time to relax on the beach or at a cottage on one of the many lakes in this great state. Being by a body of water automatically invites me to quiet contemplation. What else invites such rest? A child sleeping in its mother’s arms. Psalm 131 invites us to rest […]

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Psalm 130: Hitting Bottom

 July 2, 2020

Psalm 130 is written by someone who has hit bottom. Many are hoping we have hit bottom or will hit bottom soon for the coronavirus. What does hitting bottom look like? Hitting Bottom In addiction treatment they speak of hitting bottom. It isn’t until the addict hits rock bottom that they are ready to make […]

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Psalm 129: Like Grass on the House Tops!

 June 25, 2020

“Grass doesn’t grow on a busy street!” Or so the cliché goes in regards to bald heads. The image of grass growing on a bald head has been stuck in my head this week as I reflected on Psalm 129. Psalm 129 Psalm 129 is composed of two sections. The first is a message of […]

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Psalm 128: Blessed

 June 18, 2020

When asked what was necessary for happiness, Freud didn’t go on a long philosophical discourse. He said “Love and work… work and love, that’s all there is.” He may very well have been referring to Psalm 128. Psalm 128 Another wisdom psalm, Psalm 128’s focus, like Psalm 127, is that happiness comes from fear of […]

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Psalm 127: Blessed in Sleep

 June 4, 2020

There was a time when a nap was a regular part of my day, back when my children were small. Then I seized every opportunity to nap, sneaking naps while they napped or when they were in school in preparation for evening meetings that were a regular part of parish ministry. Sleep, whether at night […]

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Psalm 126: Through the Cross to Resurrection

 May 28, 2020

Have you ever awoken from a nightmare, relieved to know it had only been a dream? You may be disoriented for a while as you adjust to reality. Imagine Mary Magdalene on Easter morning, how confused she must have been when she first saw Jesus. Was this a dream? Or was this reality and the […]

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Psalm 125: Surrounded by God’s Love

 May 21, 2020

“When trouble strikes, head to the library. You will either be able to solve the problem, or simply have something to read as the world crashes down around you.” (Lemony Snickett) When trouble hits, head to the mountains! There you will either be able to clear your mind enough to solve your problem, or find […]

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Psalm 124 – If Not for God!

 May 14, 2020

With all of the concern and anxiety being caused by the coronavirus pandemic, it can be helpful to stop and remember a time in your life when God had your back. Such is the situation of the writer of Psalm 124. God has this. God is still in charge. Psalm 124 – Thanksgiving for All […]

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Psalm 123: Waiting on God

 May 7, 2020

Some days are filled with wonder over all that God has done, others not so much. Perhaps you are feeling discouraged as the weeks of sheltering in place and being confronted by the coronavirus everywhere you go creep into months. Perhaps you feel stuck in a state of limbo, getting nowhere fast, waiting for good […]

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Psalm 122: Going on a Pilgrimage

 April 30, 2020

Right now I would be glad to go on pilgrimage to anywhere far from the threat of COVID 19. That would be reason to rejoice like the writer of Psalm 122. “I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!” (1) That isn’t possible as no place […]

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