Monthly Archives: July 2013

Psalm 76 — The God who will be praised

It has been conjectured that this psalm was written after the incident with Sennacherib, during the time of Hezekiah.  Whether this is true or not, I’m not sure, but it does fit with the events laid out in Kings and … Continue reading

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Psalm 75 — When justice finally comes

Whenever I look at this psalm, I can’t help but sing to myself the old chorus based on this psalm. We give thanks to thee O Lord, we give thanks. For thy name is near, Thy wondrous works men declare. … Continue reading

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Psalm 74 — A cry for mercy

It’s not certain when this psalm was written.  There are a couple of problems with trying to date it.  First, the notation attributes this psalm to Asaph who lived during the times of David, Solomon, and Rehoboam.  There is nothing … Continue reading

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Psalm 73 — Discouraged by the evil we see.

It  can be discouraging at times to see all the evil that is in this world.  To see people who prosper despite having no fear of God at all.  People who only look out for themselves and don’t care who … Continue reading

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Psalm 72 — When Christ reigns

This is a psalm written by Solomon that looks forward to the time when Christ, the great King, reigns. So often we look at the people ruling or governing our nations, and all we are left with is disappointment.  People … Continue reading

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Psalm 71 — Our hope and confidence

This is probably not the most well known of Psalms, but the more I read it, the more I like it.  It shows the hope and confidence that the psalmist had from knowing God, even during the darkest of times. … Continue reading

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Psalm 70 — Hurry up God!

I debated briefly whether to give this chapter it’s own blog entry, considering it’s very similar to the latter part of Psalm 40.  But I don’t think I really commented much on that part of Psalm 40, so I decided … Continue reading

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Psalm 69 — The cry of Christ

This psalm is largely, though not completely messianic.  In it we see many references which are applied to Christ in the New Testament. We see his suffering on the cross in which he starts sinking into death.  He cries out … Continue reading

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Psalm 68 — A God of power…and mercy

As I read this psalm two things strike me.  First, God’s power. It starts out with a prayer showing God’s power to cast down the enemy. May God arise, may his enemies be scattered; may his foes flee before him. … Continue reading

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Psalm 67 — Blessed that all may know

This psalm starts out much as the priestly blessing does in Numbers 6:24-26. The psalmist writes, May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us. (1) What’s interesting to me is the reason … Continue reading

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Psalm 66 — The God who brings us through trial

Nobody likes trials.  At least, I can’t say I do.  But in this psalm we see the rejoicing of God’s people having come through those trials. The psalmist sings, Shout for joy to God, all the earth!  Sing the glory … Continue reading

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Psalm 65 — The God who saves us and fills us

It’s hard to tell in what situation this psalm was written.  It’s possible it was written after a time of famine or drought as a result of God’s judgment, followed by a time of repentance and blessing. The psalmist starts … Continue reading

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Psalm 64 — No escape

One of my all-time favorite shows is “Columbo.”  They often show it on “Mystery Channel” here in Japan.  And in it, the criminals always think they have devised the perfect crime, only to see it come unraveled thread by thread … Continue reading

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Psalm 62 — Where we place our trust

This has always been another of my favorite psalms and songs.  In a time of great trouble (when was David ever NOT in trouble), he sang, My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him.  He alone … Continue reading

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Psalm 61 — The God who is where we are

In this psalm, it seems that David is once again on the run.  Apparently, he was already king at this time, so it’s likely that he wrote it when he was in exile during the time of Absalom’s rebellion. And … Continue reading

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Psalm 108 — Remembering our times of victory

We’re taking a brief jump to Psalm 108, basically because it’s a combination of Psalms 57 and 60.  Verses 1-5 come from the latter part of Psalm 57 while verses 6-13 come from the latter part of Psalm 60. Whether … Continue reading

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Psalm 60 — In the face of defeat

This psalm is a bit unusual in that if you look at its title, it seems to have been written in a time of victory.  And yet, when you look at it, the Israelites seem to have suffered a terrible … Continue reading

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Psalm 58 — When we see injustice

One thing that I think frustrates us all is to see a person that we know is guilty be set free by a judge.  Perhaps the police or prosecutors mishandled the case, or perhaps the judges or juries themselves were … Continue reading

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Psalm 55 — Though friends may betray you

We don’t know when this psalm was written, but it’s possible it was written during Absalom’s rebellion against David.  During that time, one of David’s former counselors, a man named Ahithophel, turned his back on David and sided with Absalom.  … Continue reading

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Psalm 50 — Two misconceptions of God

This psalm reads a lot like the message of the prophets in terms of its contents.  And it tackles two common misconceptions people have of God. In the first part, God is seen coming into the courtroom, calling the defendants … Continue reading

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Psalm 49 — What money can’t buy

As the old saying goes, “Money makes the world go round.”  But the psalmist here reminds us of another more important truth.  “There are some things that money can’t buy.” He writes, No man can redeem the life of another … Continue reading

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Psalm 48 — When God dwells within us

This psalm was probably written after an attack was made upon Jerusalem.  And it praises the greatness of God who protected her. It exults, Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise, in the city of our God, his … Continue reading

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Psalm 47 — Sing and shout!

Yesterday morning, I was on the train listening to a worship song and I was really getting into it, singing along.  Of course, I didn’t do this out loud.  I was just mouthing the words, but nevertheless, I noticed a … Continue reading

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Psalm 46 — When all is chaos around us

Chaos. Children screaming.  Sick spouses.  Deadlines and and pressure coming in from all sides. Sound familiar? We all face the clamor of life from time to time.  And sometimes the whole world seems to be crashing in upon us. If … Continue reading

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Psalm 45 — Bonded to Jesus

It says in the title of this song that it was written for the wedding of a king.  But in it, we see the wedding not only of the king it was written for, but the wedding of the great … Continue reading

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Psalm 44 — Why is this happening to me?

“Why is this happening to me?” Have you ever felt that way?  The psalmist certainly did.  What the background of this psalm is, is unclear.  Apparently it was at a time when the people were trying to serve God, and … Continue reading

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Psalm 42-43 — Depression

Depression.  All of us go through it at some point in our lives.  Some go deeper into it than others.  The writer of these psalms was no exception, and he writes about it in utterly striking pictures. He starts by … Continue reading

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Psalm 41 — Being merciful

We now come to the end of the first book of psalms (there are five all together). And David starts it by writing, Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the LORD delivers him in times of trouble.  … Continue reading

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Psalm 40 — Song of a Savior

In this psalm by David, we see his suffering and deliverance. But we also see the song of our Savior, as he sings about his suffering on the cross and his resurrection. It starts out with David praising God for … Continue reading

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Psalm 38-39 — True repentance

There may or may not be any direct connection between these two psalms, but both seem to be dealing with David’s attitude toward God’s discipline in his life, and so I place them together here. We don’t know what the … Continue reading

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Psalm 37 — Frustrated by the evil we see

“What’s the point of following God and doing what’s right, when I’m struggling and so many people I see doing their own thing are prospering?” So many times we feel that way.  We look at all the people doing evil … Continue reading

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