Tag: penitential psalm

Psalm 6 – Do Not Rebuke Me

 January 10, 2024

The first line of Psalm 6 – do not rebuke me, raises questions. Why is the writer afraid of being rebuked? What did he do? Or even more important – what image of God does the writer have to cause this concern? Psalm 6 The writer of Psalm 6 is experiencing physical health problems. “Have […]

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Psalm 143: Knowing when to Stop Talking

 October 1, 2020

Do you struggle to know when to stop? Do you have to have the last word in an argument, add a jab at your opponent? Such appears to be the case for the writer of Psalm 143. Not Knowing When to Stop We all know the type. They make a good point in a presentation […]

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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 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 38 – Whatever Happened to Guilt?

 September 11, 2018

Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his book, Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible, tell us: “If we want to read and to pray the prayers of the Bible and especially the Psalms, therefore, we must not ask first what they have to do with us, but what they have to do with Jesus Christ. We must […]

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Psalm 32: Is Confession Good for Body and Soul?

 July 31, 2018

“When I declared not my sin, my body wasted away. . . I acknowledged my sin . . . then thou didst forgive the guilt of my sin.” (Psalm 32:3-5) It’s been said that confession is good for the soul, but the writer of Psalm 32 would say it is good for the body as […]

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Psalm 6 – How Long, Lord? 

 January 16, 2018

We are in the midst of a bitter, cold winter and a strong flu season. If the ice and snow doesn’t keep you inside, the threat of germs and viruses may keep you from venturing out into public and risk being laid up for weeks. Or perhaps you are already dealing with one of the […]

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