Posts from March 2022

Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 123 “Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us,” ~ Psalm 123:3a This psalm is four short verses but is a psalm of honest and rightful perspective.  In this psalm, its author rightly acknowledges God in his heavenly sovereign place of authority (v.1).  This psalm humbly places oneself before God, taking ownership…

Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 122 “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the LORD!’” ~ Psalm 122:1 This is the next of the Jewish Songs of Ascent.  Remember to read this psalm in its proper context.  It was written by David (a Jewish believer) for Jewish believers making pilgrimage to…

Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 121 “My help comes from the the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” ~ Psalm 121:2 As a ‘Song of Ascent’ this is a song that would have been song one to another.  Read this psalm in light of that perspective: Read it as if you were singing it to someone else for their…

Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 120 “Deliver me, O LORD, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue.” ~ Psalm 120:2 Yes, I skipped Psalm 119!  Perhaps I will come back to it at a later time.  Perhaps… Today we look at Psalm 120.  This Psalm begins a 15-psalm section (Psalm 120-134) known as the “Songs of Ascent”.  This psalm…

Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 118 “This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” ~ Psalm 118:24 This psalm is yet another text showing that God can be trusted in his faithful character and in his saving work.  Jesus Christ is our cornerstone (v.22)(Isaiah 28:16; Matthew 21:42; Romans 9:33; 1…

Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 117 “Praise the LORD, all nations! Extol him, all peoples! For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD!” ~ Psalm 117 This is the shortest psalm and thereby the shortest ‘chapter’ of all the books of the Bible.  Psalm 117 falls in the…

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…