Monthly Archives: August 2013

Psalm 112 — The blessing of fearing and delighting in God

Fear and delight.  Those are two words that you don’t often seen thrown together.  But the psalmist here does use them together, talking about the blessing that comes from fearing God and delighting in him and his word. He writes, … Continue reading

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Psalm 111 — Pondering the Lord’s works

It’s so easy sometimes to ponder over the negative things in life.  To see the bad things that have happened in our lives and to let them dominate our thinking.  Honestly, that’s what I’ve been doing over the past several … Continue reading

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Psalm 110 — Our King and Priest

Today, we see one of the most famous Messianic psalms.  Jesus, himself quoted it in posing a puzzle to the Pharisees (Matthew 22:41-45). And here, Yahweh (the LORD, that is, God the Father) says to the Messiah (David’s Lord), Sit … Continue reading

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Psalm 109 — Bitterness and forgiveness, mercy and justice

This is another of the imprecatory psalms, where we see the psalmist calling for the judgment of God on those who have wronged him. A lot of people, including myself, get disturbed reading these kinds of psalms, because it seems … Continue reading

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Psalm 107 — Telling our story

Somehow through my years as a Christian, the beauty of this psalm escaped me.  But the new NIV’s rendition, particularly verse 2 struck me and put it into a new light.  It reads, Let the redeemed of the Lord tell … Continue reading

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Psalm 104 — The Creator and his creation

And so we come to the end of book IV of the Psalms (actually it ends with Psalm 106, but we’ve already covered 105 and 106 earlier). Whether David is the author of this psalm or not is unknown, but … Continue reading

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Psalm 103 — The love and mercy of God

This is a psalm of praise for the love and mercy of God.  When David wrote this, we don’t know, but I kind of think it was written after his sin with Bathsheba or perhaps his sin concerning the census. … Continue reading

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Psalm 102 — The God who never changes

I love how this psalm ends. In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.  They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment.  Like … Continue reading

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Psalm 101 — Becoming like Him

In this psalm, we see a glimpse of why God called David a man after his own heart. He starts by singing, I will sing of your love and justice; to you, Lord, I will sing praise.  (1) Because of God’s … Continue reading

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Psalm 100 — True worship

This is, above all, a song of worship. It starts out with a call to worship, as the psalmist sings, Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.  (1-2) It then … Continue reading

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Psalm 99 — The God who is holy

So often, when we think of God and his character, the first word that comes to mind is “love.” And it is true.  God is love.  But here we see another aspect of his character.  His holiness.  And so while … Continue reading

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Psalm 98 — Rejoicing in our salvation

This psalm is anonymous, so it could’ve been written in any number of contexts.  It could’ve been written following the Israelites deliverance from Egypt, or perhaps it was written by David after his reign was firmly established, or it could’ve … Continue reading

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Psalm 97 — Rejoicing in our King

This is another psalm that rejoices in the greatness of our King. The psalmist starts by shouting out, The LORD reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice.  (1) “Let the earth be glad.”  In a perfect … Continue reading

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Psalm 95 — The one worthy of our praise and trust

This psalm is very interesting to me in that it starts out with great praise and rejoicing, and concludes with a solemn warning. You can easily hear the joy in the psalmist’s voice as he sings, Come, let us sing … Continue reading

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Psalm 94 — The God who judges, the God who disciplines

Judgment and discipline.  I think a lot of times we get confused about which God is doing in our lives, particularly when bad things happen to us.  It’s easy to think, “God must be judging and punishing me for what … Continue reading

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Psalm 93 — The God who reigns

This is a very short psalm, and it reminds me of the old song by Jack Hayford, “Majesty.” For it reminds us of the majesty of God and how it is he that reigns over this whole earth.  The psalmist … Continue reading

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Psalm 92 — Making music towards God

This psalm was written for the Sabbath.  As most people know, the Sabbath was a day that God told the Israelites to set aside in order to worship him.  That’s exactly what this psalm does. I like verses 1-2. It … Continue reading

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Psalm 91 — Shadow of the Almighty

One of my favorite books is “Shadow of the Almighty.”  It’s a book that has a lot of the letters and journal entries of a man named Jim Elliot, a missionary to the Aucas in South America.  If you’ve never … Continue reading

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Psalm 90 — Keeping our perspective

I wrote briefly on this psalm a while back, but after rereading it, I’ve decided to come back to it and add to my comments.  In this psalm, we see the mortality of people in contrast to the eternal nature … Continue reading

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Psalm 89 — The God who never fails

After such a depressing psalm in Psalm 88, Psalm 89 starts off on a much brighter note.  Nevertheless, it too was also written in a time of trouble. The psalmist starts by singing, I will sing of the Lord’s great love … Continue reading

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Psalm 88 — God’s silence

This psalm could almost have been written by Job.  This is yet another psalm that deals with God’s silence in our suffering.  And as in real life, we don’t always see a happy ending. The psalmist starts by basically crying … Continue reading

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Psalm 87 — The people of God

This psalm is talking about Jerusalem, but as I read it, I really see the love God has for his people, and how he rejoices over us. The psalmist says of Jerusalem, He has founded his city on the holy … Continue reading

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Psalm 86 — Guarding our hearts in times of trouble

Solomon once wrote “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”  (Proverbs 4:23) This is always true, of course, but especially in times of trouble.  And Solomon’s father David certainly had his share of it. … Continue reading

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Psalm 85 — Repentance and mercy

It’s not certain when this psalm was written.  Charles Spurgeon seems to have thought it was written by David, but I tend to agree with the scholars who say it was written after the Babylonian captivity. The psalmist writes, You, Lord, … Continue reading

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Psalm 84 — Setting our sights

This is one of the most beautiful psalms in my opinion and one of my favorites.  And it’s one in which we are encouraged to set our sights, not on the things of this earth, but on eternity. It was … Continue reading

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Psalm 83 — Deliver us from evil

When I look at this passage, it reminds me of our Lord’s prayer, when he told us to pray, “Deliver us from evil.” In this psalm, Israel was facing some really big threats by the surrounding nations.  And so the … Continue reading

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Psalm 82 — When the judges will be judged

I think a lot of us get frustrated by the injustices we see in our courts.  People we know are guilty get set free, and the people they hurt are left even more wounded. It’s not a new problem.  It … Continue reading

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Psalm 81 — If only…

In this psalm, the psalmist begins with a call to worship, singing, Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob!  Begin the music, strike the timbrel, play the melodious harp and lyre.  (1-2) The … Continue reading

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Psalm 79-80 — The consequences of sin

These two psalms seemed linked, so I’m putting them together.  Both apparently happened after the fall of Jerusalem to Babylon, and are very similar in tone to Lamentations. Psalm 79 opens with this lament: O God, the nations have invaded your … Continue reading

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Psalm 78 — Telling the next generation

For my daughter’s last birthday, we bought her a children’s Bible.  What’s nice is that it’s in English and Japanese, so my wife reads to her in Japanese, and I read to her in English.  It’s our hope that through … Continue reading

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Psalm 77 — Abandoned?

One thing I’ve noticed about the psalms as I’ve been going through them is that a lot of the themes seem to be similar.  Particularly, the struggles people have when dealing with an invisible God.  It’s kind of comforting, actually. … Continue reading

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