David writes to be remembered. It is not himself that he wants to be remembered. It is his God. David is enthralled with YHWH ( יְהֹוָה ). He is intoxicated with a vision of God and the knowledge of God’s greatness. Sixteen times he invokes the name of Israel’s God. Sixteen times he remembers that … More Have You Been Humbled into Gladness?
We are still traveling in West Virginia and I have little time to write, but here is a brief meditation and prayer based on a portion of Psalm 18. The Lord Praised for Giving Deliverance. Read Psalm 18 (esp. 1-3, and 25-29) An Offering for The Poetry Project Our Stronghold in the Darkness O LORD, my … More Psalm 18 Light Piercing Darkness
Read Psalm 28 A Prayer for Help, and Praise for Its Answer. The terms, metaphors and names of God in the 28th Psalm: LORD (vs. 1, 5, 6), YHWH My Rock (vs. 1), the LORD is my strength (vs. 7), the LORD is their strength (vs. 8) (or “… His people’s strength”) … More The Strength of the Weak
(Part of the “Poetry Project”) The poet’s of Israel knew that the heart of Israel was forgetful. It has ever been so. The people of God have leaky souls. Pre and post resurrection, the Church, the Israel of God, since the ascension have suffered from the same malady. It is one of the reason that … More Training the Heart to Remember
“For I, the LORD, do not change;Therefore you, O Sons of Jacob,are not consumed.” Malachi 3:6 Read Psalm 106 Training a Nation to Remember that Faithless Hearts Need a Good God Oh He is good.He has been good.He has promised good.He does good.God is good and does good and your whole history declares it.So one … More Psalm 106 Rehearsing the Past for the Glory of the Future
Read Psalm 76 Asaph “is the name of three men in the Old Testament, of whom one is the reputed author of Psalms 50 and 73 through 83. He was one of David’s three chief musicians, the other two being Heman, and Ethan or Jeduthun, and we first hear of him when the ark was … More What Asaph Knew
Read Psalm 63 1 O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. Thirst I was cutting the lawnand trimming the bushesand edging the drivewayand pulling … More What Does It Mean to Thirst for God?
Read Psalm 36 Part of the Poetry Project An attempt to write a “poetic reflection” on each of the psalms in the Psalter. Don’t think of these as high art, (that won’t be hard); but as one man’s attempt to be honest with the spirit contained in the psalm. Your Heart Has a Voice Your … More Your Heart has a Voice (that you cannot trust)
There is perhaps no one who believes in God who has not on ocassion asked this question? How Long O Lord? How long before a marriage improves, a son repents, a daughter expresses humility, a sorrow ends, an illness is overcome, a job situation improves, a depression ends? How long Lord, before this pain I … More Thursday, Day 5 — How Long O Lord?
Read Psalm 74 and Psalm 38 Lament : to mourn aloud; to wail. 1 : to express sorrow, mourning, or regret for, … often demonstratively : to mourn 2 : to regret strongly Still another aspect of Lament in the Psalm literature of the Old Testament is confusion. The lamenting soul is tormented by confusion over … More Calling Out from Pain — Day 3