Tag: hymn of praise

Psalm 147: Twelve Reasons to Praise God

 October 29, 2020

Psalm 147 is the second of the Alleluia psalms that bring the book of the Psalms to a close. It enumerates many reasons to praise our God, any one of which is sufficient reason unto itself. Put together into one psalm, it resonates and resounds so that only the most closed of mind could refrain […]

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Psalm 135: An Early MashUp

 August 6, 2020

My first experience of a “mash-up” (weaving two songs together) was at the Irish Music Festival in Muskegon, Michigan. Unknown to me, though, mash-ups were around for much longer than that. Psalm 135 is an example of one early mash-up. Mash-Ups It was my first time at the Irish Music Festival. After a long day […]

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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 40:  Transformed by God

 September 25, 2018

As I roamed the ruins beside San Francisco el Grande Church in Antigua, Guatemala, on a sunny morning, I decided to climb a set of stairs. By the time I reached the top of the stairs I was short of breath from the heat and the climb as I stepped into a panorama that took […]

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