Tag: lament

Psalm 3 – Biblical Poetic Justice

 February 17, 2021

The writer of Psalm 3 is on the run from his enemies who have been tormenting him and spreading lies. In response he prays that God break the teeth of his enemies, thereby leaving them powerless and unable to spread further lies – a form of Biblical poetic justice. Psalm 3 – Lament in Three […]

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Psalm 144: Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammo?

 October 8, 2020

There’s something in the Bible for everyone:  for young lovers full of vigor, seniors struggling with disability, for kings and leaders, for the poor or depressed, for simple farm laborers, for family members. That’s part of the beauty of Scripture. It can also be problematic because people often chose to manipulate Scripture to fit their […]

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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 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 108: Painting with a Brush of Thanksgiving.

 January 23, 2020

“The great painter boasted that he mixed all his colors with brains, and the great saint may be said to mix all his thoughts with thanks.” G.K. Chesterton A saint is someone who paints with the brush of thanksgiving. All events, all thoughts, are colored by thanksgiving. Such is the situation in Psalm 108. Psalm […]

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Psalm 102: Like A Worn-Out Garment

 December 12, 2019

There are days I feel like a worn-out piece of clothing, worse for wear but not ready to be thrown away just yet. Like everyone and everything on this earth, I am getting older and with that territory comes a certain amount of wear and tear. I struggle with indigestion, me, whose favorite lunch used […]

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Psalm 94:  What Does God’s Vengeance Look Like?

 October 17, 2019

“O Lord, God of vengeance, God of vengeance, shine forth!” (94:1) So begins Psalm 94, but what is this vengeance? Is God’s vengeance the same as human vengeance? Psalm 94 Psalm 94 is a lament in two parts. The first fifteen verses comprise a lament of the community against evildoers who oppress the most vulnerable […]

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Psalm 89: God’s Steadfast Love

 September 11, 2019

How deep is God’s love? How far and how wide? Psalm 89 has something to teach us about this. Steadfast Love The Hebrew word which is translated as steadfast love in the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, is mercy and loving kindness in other translations. I personally prefer the term steadfast love to mercy […]

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Psalm 88: Companion Darkness

 September 4, 2019

“The rest is silence,” Hamlet’s last words – an interesting word choice for someone who never had an unspoken thought, or so it seems to me as he shared with us, the audience, all of his ruminations. He could have as easily said, “The rest is darkness.” The Prince of Denmark was no stranger to […]

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