First Off…read Psalm 42! We have transitioned into “Book 2” of the Psalm bracket! Whereas the first 41 chapters of the Book of Psalms focused on the relationship and need for a redeemer and really take a “Genesis-type” focus…so Book 2 (psalms 42-72) now brings us to the Exodus-type focus and become more “group” focused than the individual. What we’ll find are psalms that were … Continue reading Psalm 42: Understanding Your Need
First Off…read Psalm 41! Here we are. We’ve made it to the 41st book of the psalms – the last in the group that are dedicated and reflective of the pain and suffering that endures and the ultimate need for a savior and redeemer. 41 chapters that speak of what we go through (by our own hands or at the hands of others) and how … Continue reading Psalm 41: The “Love” Camp
First Off…read Psalm 40! As I read this text I’m profoundly struck by the opening 3 verses. We read David is in some slimy pit…something of mud and mire. I instantly think of the quicksand scene from The Princess Bride – or better yet (since that was sand)…something more like the scene from Blazing Saddles. But unlike the men in Blazing Saddles…or even Buttercup and … Continue reading Psalm 40: A Cry and Response
First Off…read Psalm 39! The “feeling” of this psalm is that David is now at ease from wicked people that were around him…however simply because they are gone doesn’t mean he isn’t in pain – for the belief is that he is now trying to recover from whatever afflictions befell him. And it is in this “recovery” or HOPE for recovery that he fully understands … Continue reading Psalm 39: Hope Amid Despair
The other day, as I was taking our 12-year-old son to school, he made the comment (and forgive me for not remembering the context) we “live today like there is no tomorrow.” And I agreed with him on that…but then was simply taken aback. Why? What does that even mean? We have numerous sayings that are similar to this and as I shuffled through them … Continue reading Living Today for Tomorrow isn’t Promised?
First Off…read Psalm 38! One of the internet sensations right now is animal-shaming. The owner comes home and sees that their beloved family member (a dog or a cat…usually a dog) has utterly destroyed the home. The couch is ripped up, pillows have had their innards pulled out, the walls have been chewed on and scratched up, shoes have been destroyed, and it simply looks … Continue reading Psalm 38: Finding Rest in Forgiveness