Psalms

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“Turn, Lord! Rescue me; save me because of Your faithful love” (Psalm 6:4 HCSB).

January 6, 2021

HAS GOD REALLY TURNED AWAY FROM YOU? In weakness and affliction, David cried out to the Lord. He felt distant from the Lord, so he prayed that the Lord would “turn” towards him, as if the Lord had somehow moved away. He cried out for rescue, asking the Lord to save him because of His

“He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite” (Psalms 147:4-5 NKJV).

December 28, 2020

STAR GAZING AND GOD’S GREATNESS I’m on my annual study retreat, so I’ve been taking more time to star gaze in the evenings and consider God’s greatness. Since the launching of the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have observed that there are an almost infinite number of stars in the universe. In our own Milky Way

“By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept when we remembered Zion” (Psalm 137:1 NKJV).

December 18, 2020

LONGING FOR HOME AT CHRISTMAS Jerusalem had been overthrown by the Babylonians and its Jewish citizens had been taken captive. As they were force marched from Judea to Babylon, they were allowed to rest for a while by one of its rivers. Yet though their bodies were in Babylon, their hearts remained in Zion. And

“If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, that You may be feared” (Psalm 130:3-4 NKJV).

December 11, 2020

WHO CAN STAND BEFORE A HOLY GOD? The psalmist asked a rhetorical question of the Lord, that begs an answer from each of us. “If the Lord kept record of all our sins, our impure thoughts, motives and actions, if He decided to judge us according to that record, who could stand and be declared

“Just as the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, both now and forever” (Psalm 125:2 NLT).

December 6, 2020

IMMANUEL – GOD WITH US One of the 15 psalms of ascent, written to prepare the hearts of worshipers as they climbed up to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Entourages of pilgrims like the one that traveled from Nazareth with young, 12-year-old Jesus, would have sung these songs as they came to celebrate Passover.  

“It is time for You to act, O LORD, for they have regarded Your law as void” (Psalms 119:126 NKJV).

November 28, 2020

WHEN IS IT TIME FOR GOD TO ACT? The psalmist saw the people of the world becoming more and more rebellious, ignoring the law of God. He called on the Lord to take action. This call was made especially acute by the fact that Psalm 119 was written as an ode to God’s Word. Usually

“You are my portion, O Lord” (Psalm 119:57 NKJV).

November 24, 2020

DO YOU SEEK THE BLESSING OR THE BESTOWER? The psalmist declared that the Lord Himself was his portion, his reward. He sought not the Lord’s hands, but His face. While others seek blessings, he sought the Bestower of blessing.   Remember the parable Jesus told of the prodigal son? He said to his father, “Give

“Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, And revive me in Your way” (Psalm 119:37 NKJV).

November 23, 2020

A PRAYER FOR GOD’S PERSPECTIVE The psalmist asked the Lord to help him turn his eyes from “worthless things,” so that he might be “revived” by following God’s perspective. He recognized his temptation to focus on things that do not last and to spend his life pursuing them. And in the process of pursuing them,

“O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise…I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples, And I will sing praises to You among the nations” (Psalm 108:1-3 NKJV).

November 10, 2020

DO YOU HAVE A HEART FOR GOD? David declared the steadfastness of his heart toward God. In other words, David had set and established his heart on God. He had fixed his focus on God alone. Having made God the object of his heart’s desire and confidence, he declared his intent to sing and give

“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so” (Psalm 107:2 NKJV).

November 9, 2020

IF YOU KNOW SO, SAY SO! The psalmist David encouraged the redeemed to “say so!” If we have been redeemed (bought back, ransomed, delivered from the penalty of sin) by the Lord, the Word encourages us to “say so!” We can never repay the One who gave His life as a ransom for us, but