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Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 86 “Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my hear to fear your name. I give thanks to you , O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.” ~ Psalm 86:11-12 This psalm is both a bedrock for our faith…

Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 88 “Your wrath lies heavy upon me, and you overwhelm me with all your waves….But I, O LORD, cry to you;” ~ Psalm 88:7,13a This psalm too is of the Sons of Korah, more specifically Heman the Ezrahite.  At first read/appearance, this does not seem to be a psalm to uplift the soul.  It…

Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 78 “With upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand.” ~ Psalm 78:72 This psalm of Asaph is a great pedagogical (teaching) psalm that takes an historical journey through God’s dealings with the Israelite people. This psalmist uses the Israelites as a negative example of a forgetful and ungrateful people…

Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 79 “Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and atone for our sins, for your name’s sake….But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise.” ~ Psalm 79:9,13 This psalm was…

Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 80 “Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved!”  ~ Psalm 80:3,7,19 This psalm that is not typically listed among the ‘Messianic Psalms’, but I would like to have you consider the prayerful refrain, repeated 3 times, “Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be…

Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 81 “Hear, O my people, while I admonish you! O Israel, if you would but listen to me!…Oh, that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways!” ~ Psalm 81:8,13 The opening 7 verses of this psalm are a prologue of praise [v.1-3] and recollection of the relief [v.6],…

Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 85 “Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints; but let them not turn back to folly.” ~ Psalm 85:8 This is another psalm written by the Sons of Korah; this time acknowledging the favor, restoration, forgiveness, atonement (covering) and mercy of…

Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 84 “My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God…For day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.” ~ Psalm…

Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 87 “Glorious things of you are spoken, O city of God.” ~ Psalm 87:3 This psalm is a shorter psalm but a very intriguing psalm, lending to a longer ‘reflection’.  It is noted as a song from the Sons of Korah.  These men do not actually mention the name Jerusalem, but that is the…

Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 89 “I will sing of the steadfast love of the LORD, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations….Blessed be the LORD forever! Amen and Amen.” ~ Psalm 89:1,52 Ethan the Ezrahite here writes a “maskil”, a contemplative instructive psalm of wisdom.  There is far too much to this…