Psalms

Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 12 “The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.” ~ Psalm 12:6 My family, and perhaps a few others, are well familiar with me saying that “Words are important.”  They are the most powerful thing that God has given us.  Words can…

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Psalm 11 “In the LORD I take refuge;…For the LORD is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.” ~ Psalm 11:1a & 7 There are many false and deceiving messages that voices around us are speaking, but the truth never changes.  These voices may come from self, family, friends, co-workers, neighbors,…

Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 10 “The LORD is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land. O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no…

Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 9 “I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart…I will sing praise to your name, O Most High…Tell among the peoples his deeds!” ~ Psalm 9:1a,2b,11b David, whom God said was a man after his own heart (1 Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22), opens this psalm by declaring he will give thanks…

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Psalm 8 “O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” ~ Psalm 8:9 What is majesty?  By definition it is royal power, dignity or beauty.  So then, things that are majestic display great dignity, grand superiority and the right to rule.  What things do we typically call or consider majestic? …

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Psalm 7 “I will give to the LORD the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing to the name of the LORD, the Most High.” ~ Psalm 7:17 We can and should equally and fully anticipate God’s mercy and God’s judgment (v.9); for both rest squarely on his righteousness (v.11).  There is much…

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Psalm 6 “Turn, O LORD, deliver my life; save me for the sake of your steadfast love. For in death there is no remembrance of you; in Sheol who will give you praise?” ~ Psalm 6:4-5 This psalm of David finds him in deep distress, apparently for multiple reasons, and he describes himself in almost…

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Psalm 5 “For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you….For you bless the righteous, O LORD; you cover him with favor as with a shield.” ~ Psalm 5:4,12 In this psalm, David presents a stark contrast between the wicked and the righteous.  Despite being the great king…

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Psalm 4 “You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.” ~ Psalm 4:7 This psalm presents as a close companion with Psalm 3.  And I don’t just meaning sequentially, as in the number 4 follows the number 3, but I mean in content and theme. In…

Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 3 “I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the LORD sustained me.” ~ Psalm 3:5 Although our current Bible translations provide their own titles for each psalm (my ESV Bible says “Save Me, O My God”), this is the first psalm in the psalter to have a title descriptor in the original…