Psalms

Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 116 “Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.” ~ Psalm 116:2 Three thoughts/observations from this text today: First, I wonder if this psalm was on the heart and mind of Jonah while in the belly of the great fish.  It rings familiar to…

Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 115 “Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases….May you be blessed by the LORD, who made heaven and earth!” ~ Psalm 115:3,15 A psalm of so many deep truths and strong challenges!  How prone we are to want the glory, but there is only one who is steadfast in…

Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 114 “Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob,” ~ Psalm 114:7 This psalm speaks of the awesome power and majesty (v.8) of the presence of God (v.7).  It describes in a unique way how God’s holiness is creation’s ailment (v.5-6).  For all have sinned…

Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 113 “Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and forevermore!” ~ Psalm 113:2 This psalm is shorter but is a very strong and uplifting psalm of praise to our great God.  The (uninspired) title is “Who is like the LORD our God?”…a very fitting and excellent question to ponder.  The…

Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 112 “Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments!” ~ Psalm 112:1 This psalm describes both the now and the eternal blessings of the man who fears the LORD.  This psalm details who this man is (what he looks like) as well as how he…

Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 111 “The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy;” ~ Psalm 111:7 In this corporate psalm of praise, we again see how God’s Works and God’s Words are inseparable.  They are perfect in integrity and harmony; there is no conflict or discrepancy between them.  His works are to…

Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 110 “Your people will offer themselves freely on the day of your power, in holy garments…” ~ Psalm 110:3a This psalm of David is recognized as one of his Messianic Psalms; perhaps his most recognized Messianic Psalm.  This means that it is prophetic in nature, revealing the coming Messiah.  It does not take long…

Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 109 “With my mouth I will give great thanks to the LORD; I will praise him in the midst of the throng. For he stands at the right hand of the needy one, to save him from those who condemn his soul to death.” ~ Psalm 109:30-31 This psalm is a very personal psalm…

Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 108 “With God we shall do valiantly; it is he who will tread down our foes.” ~ Psalm 108:13 The psalmist, David, leads the reader of this psalm through a 5-step progression.  He begins with an Invitation…to worship/“Awake!” (v.2).  He is inviting you (the reader), instruments of music (“harp and lyre”), musicians (implied since…

Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 107 “Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble…Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!” ~ Psalm 107:2,8 This psalm opens up Book 5 within the book of psalms.  The theme of this subset of psalms focuses…