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Reflections on the Psalms

Psalm 93 “The LORD reigns…” ~ Psalm 93:1a This is a shorter psalm, but it is no less rich in truth and of benefit to us.  In your bible, this psalm is likely titled “The LORD Reigns”.  In Hebrew this is “Yahweh Malak”.   The word used for “reign” in verse 1 implies a completed action…

Reflections on the Psalms

“When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.” ~ Psalm 94:19 This psalm may be declaring what we have ever only dared to ‘speak’ in our hearts.  The psalmist here is calling out to God to act in justice at what appears to be injustice, namely, the wicked evildoers exulting…

Reflections on the Psalms

Psalm 96 “Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!” ~ Psalm 96:9 We are to worship the LORD in fear (v.4) and trembling (v.9) because of his greatness (v.4) and holiness (v.9).  Our God is the only God, there is none other (v.4-5)(Isaiah 45:18).  Yahweh is the God…

Reflections on the Psalms

Psalm 97 “The LORD reigns, let the earth rejoice;…For you, O LORD, are most high over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods….Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous, and give thanks to his name!” ~ Psalm 97:1a,9,12 This psalm continues the theme of psalm 96 by stating that “The LORD reigns”. …

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 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…