Category: Psalms

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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Psalm 66: A Spacious Place

 April 2, 2019

It was my first time riding this section of the Falling Waters Trail. The path was tree covered, providing ample shade from the sun, when to my right I glimpsed blue. Lime Lake? I had been looking for the lake but so far had only seen a swampy pond. As I road further, more blue […]

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Psalm 65: God Will Not Be Outdone!

 March 26, 2019

Several years ago, we had an unseasonably warm winter followed by a lost fruit crop because trees bloomed too early and the buds were killed by frost. The following year though was a boom year as the trees made up for the lost crop by producing in abundance, overflowing. Farmers had a difficult time harvesting […]

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Psalm 64: Fear – Friend or Foe?

 March 19, 2019

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Famous words from Franklin D. Roosevelt’s inaugural speech. However, Roosevelt wasn’t the first person aware of this. Thoreau is quoted as saying, “Nothing is so much to be feared as fear.” The writer of Psalm 64 also knows something of this concept. Psalm 64 After […]

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Psalm 63:  Thirsting for that Which Truly Satisfies

 March 12, 2019

When I’m thirsty, nothing quenches my thirst like a glass of cold water. It’s what my body needs and longs for. I may enjoy a good cup of coffee or glass of wine, but nothing is quite like water. It is necessary for life, just as God is necessary for life. Psalm 63 reminds us […]

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Psalm 62:  How Do You Find Rest?

 March 5, 2019

Work is important, but so is rest from labor. Psalm 62 is one of a group of seven psalms that focus on trust and confidence in God: 4, 11, 16, 23, 27, 62, 131. It is a welcome respite from the laments we’ve been reading. We need rest from lamenting, moving from lament to trust! […]

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Psalm 61: Through Lament to Trust

 February 26, 2019

February is the shortest month of the year and yet it feels like it never ends. I’m tired of ice and snow and cold. I’m longing for warmer weather and an escape from winter. In the same way, I’m tired of all of these psalms of lament, one after another. Will it ever let up? […]

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