Category: Psalms

God is My Support in the Storms

“May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you! May he send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Zion!” (Psalm 20:1-2) Psalms 20 is the place, where my heart sets its sights. Particularly so, during specific trials – where I am not sure what to expect or its end result. This Psalm is one God has greatly used to calm my anxious heart. My heart is continually turning to this particular Psalm. As a person who faces trials often, it offers me an abundance...

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The Laments: Where the Mind and the Heart Meet

We often categorize ourselves as being either a thinker or a feeler. A thinker is more likely to make decisions and act based on knowledge and a feeler based on emotion. When it comes to matters of faith, a thinker would emphasize what we know about God’s Word and a feeler what we feel or experience in our faith. It seems like an either/or choice; it’s either the mind or the heart. There’s a place in Scripture where the mind and heart meet, where thoughts and feelings come together: the Psalms of Lament. And in the laments, we see...

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Delight Yourself in the Lord

‘Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act”(Ps. 37:3-5). In Psalm 37 we are taught to place our trust in the Lord. While we are taught to do good, dwell in the land, and to choose faithfulness, we are also taught to trust in the Lord. Each day, we are given new opportunities to trust our great God. He is the One who enables us...

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The Safety Zone

Psalm 2:7-12 The opening verses of Psalm 2 unveil the rebels who resist the authority of God. This passage reveals the posture of rebels who are poised to dethrone God. These rebels rage against God and plot against him (v. 1). They oppose the LORD and his anointed (v. 2). These rebels make autonomy their ultimate goal (v. 3). They want to be free from God’s demands. They want to be free from God’s laws. And these recalcitrant rebels seek freedom from God’s reign and his rule. Here’s the fascinating irony: Every rebel who searches for freedom apart from...

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The Mad Dash for Meaning

Psalm 8:1-9 Chris Cornell, the lead singer of the band, Soundgarden stepped on the platform at the Fox Theater in Detroit on May 17. Two hours after the show ended, he was dead. Medical examiners determined that he had hung himself. Cornell is memorialized as a father and a philanthropist. One writer called him “the elder statesman of rock.”[1] When I learned the sad news about Cornell, I prayed for his family and friends. I prayed that God would comfort them in their time of sorrow. I went to Soundgarden’s website and noticed they had a full tour schedule...

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