Category Archives: Psalms

Concluding With Confession

I know I’ve observed it before. Looking back on my journal, I know that I’ve written of it before (last time was 2017). But I’m captured afresh this morning by the manner in which the songwriter concludes the longest of … Continue reading

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Well Tried

Can misinterpretation still yield good application? Noodling on that this morning. Reading still in Psalm 119, day 18 of the 22 day, 176 verse mega-psalm, and observed something that caused me to nod my head and whisper to myself, “Amen! … Continue reading

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The Only Plea, The Safest Plea

I’m going to suggest that, in our circles, when we talk about “turning,” most often, if not always, we’re thinking in terms of turning to God. When we think about our sin, we often speak of the need to make … Continue reading

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An Either/Or Thing

I read the words of the old songwriter and it brings to mind the words of the old preacher. I hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep Your word. ~ The Psalmist (Psalm 119:101 ESV) … Continue reading

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There’s Always a Benefit

Nobody’s looking for troubles. To avoid sorrow and suffering, if it were possible, might well be on everyone’s to do list. Hardship and hurt aren’t things we pencil into our calendars — rarely are they predictable, never do they wait … Continue reading

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Deal Bountifully, Open My Eyes, Hold My Hand

I think I’ve really believed it for some time now. But as I hover over it afresh this morning, I believe it more now than I’ve ever believed it. Deal bountifully with Your servant, that I may live and keep … Continue reading

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Blessed Are Those . . .

Started in on Psalm 119. These twenty-two readings in Psalm 119 are among the highlights of my annual reading plan. Twenty-two stanzas of eight verses each. Each line of each stanza beginning with the same letter of the twenty-two letter … Continue reading

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Just Say It (A 2017 Rerun)

Finished my readings this morning, found myself hovering over Psalm 116. Particularly, the part about “rendering to the Lord” the embracing of “the cup of salvation” as a way to respond to “all his benefits to me” (Ps. 116:12). Because … Continue reading

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The Yoked-to-Provoked Connection

Hovering over Psalm 106 this morning and a well known quote comes to mind from Ralph Waldo Emerson (technically, a well known quote comes to mind and I have to Google it to find it was by Emerson). “Sow a … Continue reading

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Identity in the Identifiers

Words matter. Vocabulary creates culture. Identifiers have a way of forming identity. Learned this early in my Christian experience. By God’s grace I was saved into a group of believers that took words seriously. Who were careful to try and … Continue reading

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