Category Archives: Psalms

We see dimly

It’s hard to talk about Charlottesville. It’s also hard not to. Thoughts on Psalm 70 Be pleased, O God, to deliver me. …..O Lord, make haste to help me! 2 Let those be put to shame and confusion …..who seek … Continue reading

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Pregnant with the truth to come

On Psalm 69 1 Save me, O God, …..for the waters have come up to my neck. 2 I sink in deep mire, …..where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, …..and the flood sweeps over me. … Continue reading

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Singing of a warrior God

So what shall we do with this psalm? We can pull out the nice verses and ignore the rest. We can “spiritualize” the enemy to refer to the devil and his minions. Or we can acknowledge that nobility and cruelty sometimes live together in us – and give thanks that this word is fulfilled in Jesus, who laid down the sword and took up compassion, who laid down his life to reconcile those who were enemies, who grants us his spirit and conquers with love. Continue reading

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Blessings

I want the blessings that I might have a peaceable and happy life. But the abundance of the earth is given that all might see and praise God for his generosity. Continue reading

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Learning to pray

The poet doesn’t ask God to “bless me,” he asks God to “bless us.” We should let that truth linger for a while on our tongue. There is importance in what is yet to come but, first, the prayer is for the whole people. Indeed it is for the whole world. Continue reading

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The river of God is full of water

We are surrounded by riches untold. And would we make God into a miser like us? Would we imagine that blessings are parceled out only to the deserving? That only a few are truly beloved? Continue reading

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Sometimes it is not our prayer

Sometimes the prayer of the psalm is not our prayer. Sometimes we are not the persecuted victim. Sometimes we are not the grieving penitent. Sometimes we are not the anguished sufferer. Continue reading

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He has not despised

We have two instinctive reactions to great affliction: one is to stare, the other to turn away. God has not turned away. Continue reading

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Out of the Depths (Psalm 130)

In the barren world of a Minnesota winter I memorized these words. The world outside matched the sorrow within. It was the second year after my brother’s death and grief was eroding me, though I was too young to understand. I just knew that I felt like the barren trees, gray skies, and colorless, snow-covered ground that stretched from horizon to horizon. Continue reading

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“The Lord is in his holy temple.”

In the night hours when anxieties visit, when wars and rumors of war rumble through the news, when cliffs fiscal or otherwise shadow our path, when children are away from sight and we worry, the Lord is in his holy temple. Continue reading

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