[ The musical composition was Aubre’s Christmas gift to me in 2010. You can listen while you read. I hope it helps your own meditation on the Scripture. Click on the sound file just above the search box on the right.]
In December of 2009 or thereabouts, my son, Marty Schoenleber III (aka Marty S. Dalton), put a video up on Youtube.com. It inspired me to keep working on a project I thought of a couple of years ago. The idea is to write a poem of personal reflection for each Psalm in the Psalter. Here are some of the offerings so far. Some of the poems are preceded by a brief commentary.
Don’t think of any as high art. Think of these offerings as one poor man’s desire to draw nearer to Christ. New entries will generally appear on Sunday afternoons.
One more thing: It is always best to read the psalm or the verses being commented on first.
Psalm 1 Wisdom Flees from Neglect
Psalm 2 Why Do the Heathen Rage?
Psalm 3 A Morning Prayer of Confession
Psalm 4 Friday
Psalm 5 A Declaration of Dependence
Psalm 6 Extremity.
Psalm 7 Willing to be Forgotten
Psalm 8 Less Even Than My Enemies Thought I Was
Psalm 9 Seeking Mercy in the Nightwatches of Life
“__ Make Your Grace My Clothing
Psalm 10 A Cry for Syria’s Children
. Vexation: When The Heart Struggles with Justice
Psalm 11 The Mockers are Loud
Psalm 12 Clinging to a Rock
Psalm 13 When God Doesn’t Listen
Psalm 14 Blunt Truth
Psalm 16 To Mourn Well: Why We Lament When We Are Not Lame
Your Majestic Neighbors
Psalm 19 Prove Your Word
Psalm 21 That They Might Bow
Psalm 22 My Tears are Too Many
Psalm 24 A Psalm of David Reheard
A Prayer Shouting Joy
Psalm 25 Turn, O God
Psalm 27 Run in the Night (Jars of Clay)
Psalm 29 The Voice
Psalm 33 Really God! (NEW)
Psalm 37 “I Call These Noises Silence”
Psalm 38 When We Deserve the Worst
Psalm 39 Tomorrow
. Surely Every Man is a Mere Breath
Psalm 42 Strange Food for the Wounded Heart
…………. . …. When Wounded Hearts Heal
Psalm 42-43 Darkness Created Light
Psalm 44 Why Do You Hide Your Face?
Psalm 45 The Sons of Korah Know (NEW)
Psalm 46 There are Things that are Certain
Psalm 50 Insects, Mice and Moles
Psalm 51 The Soul’s Need for a Savior
. God Be Merciful to Me (Jars of Clay)
Psalm 55 The “Running to God” Heart ( I Will Trust You )
Psalm 56 How is It Possible to Write Without Pain?
Psalm 62 An Idol Worshiper’s Prayer
Psalm 63 Thirsty
…The Movements of Worship
Psalm 65 When Joy Wants to Explode
Psalm 69 My Song for a Fearful Monday
Psalm 70 Wanting to be Desperate [New]
Psalm 75 When the Name of God is Near
Psalm 102 Why Don’t You Make It Easy?
Psalm 103 The Extravagance of Grace
. You Wouldn’t Fit There Now
………. ……. ..My Green and Grassy Days
Psalm 105 There is Such a Thing as Glory, (The 21st Day)
Psalm 107 Teaching a Soul to Sing (When My Heart is Broken)
Psalm 114 To Tremble at Holy Things
Psalm 116 The Importance of Pain in Worship (NEW)
Psalm 119 Afflict Me Oh God
” Eight Things to Pray for a New Believer
Psalm 148 Starlings Painting Whales New