Tag: salvation history

Psalm 106: Parallel Histories of God’s Steadfast Love

 January 9, 2020

As a Star Trek fan from back when there was only the one version, I’m familiar with the concept of parallel universes. In these parallel universes, the people are similar but living different lives, having made different choices. The classic concept is one of good versus evil; the command of the Starship Enterprise in this […]

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Psalm 105: Blessed Forgetfulness!

 January 2, 2020

The start of another year. Time to reflect back on the past year and look ahead to the next. In Psalm 105, the writer looks back at the history of the Hebrew nation, using selective memory. When it comes to memories, we all have selective ones at times. Memories can change over the course of […]

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Psalm 98: Keep the Victory!

 November 13, 2019

A friend of mine routinely says, “Keep the victory,” as his goodbye. What he means by that, I never bothered to ask. I figured I knew but now I question this. That phrase came back to me as I read Psalm 98. Psalm 98 Once again, in Psalm 98, we are called to sing a […]

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Psalm 85: Aiming for Heaven

 August 14, 2019

There is a new sense of time that can come with age:  gero-transcendence, or climbing over, transcending, age. Memories of past events from childhood seem like only yesterday. They are as real now as when they first happened. You can hold the past and present together in a new way you couldn’t before. The veil […]

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Psalm 81: Rejoice, but Remember!

 July 16, 2019

Summer is here, life is good! All reasons to rejoice as Psalm 81 tells us. But we also need to remember. Psalm 81 Psalm 81 starts with a call to celebrate, “Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob! Raise a song, sound the timbrel, the sweet lyre with […]

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Psalm 80: Eating the Bread of Tears

 July 9, 2019

Our psalm for last week of bargaining with God, gives way to depression this week with Psalm 80, the fourth stage of Kubler-Ross’ stages of dying. The Israelites are so sad that their daily bread is made up of tears, as well as their drinking water. “You have fed them with the bread of tears, […]

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Psalm 78: Discovering the God of History

 June 25, 2019

“Those who don’t learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.” (George Santayana)  And sometimes, even when we know our history, we repeat it! Psalm 78 is a loose accounting of the history of the Hebrew nation up to the time of David. It is a story we continue to repeat; a history of our […]

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Psalm 44:  What Does It Mean to be Chosen?

 October 31, 2018

Remember those days of waiting in the school gym to be picked for dodgeball? Maybe you weren’t the last one left standing. Maybe you were second to last. Or maybe you were the first one chosen each time, leaving the rest of us peons to wallow in our jealousy! Most of us know the pain […]

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