Psalm 95:1

“Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation (Psalm 95:1). This psalm begins a section of the Israelite Psalter inviting the people to engage in the art of communal worship. As we meditate on these psalms, it’s important to

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Psalm 94:19

“When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy” (Psalm 94:19). An appeal to the God of vengeance sounds exceedingly inconsistent with the Scriptures that present Jesus as bringer of shalom – peace. Yet that is how this psalm begins. Have not the storms of our hearts similarly

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Psalm 93:1,5

“The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty the Lord is robed in majesty and is armed with strength Your laws stand firm; holiness adorns your house for endless days, O Lord”  (Psalm 93:1,5). We all face being destabilized. Life happens, they say. Not merely one crisis, but many, come

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Psalm 91: 1, 2

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust’” (Psalm 91:1,2).   In certain parts of the ancient Middle East, populations were

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Psalm 90:1

“Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations” (Psalm 90:1).   Around midnight, on New Year’s Eve, my dad would read Psalm 90, lead his family in prayer and we would all go to bed. I’m not sure why he did this, but I suspect it is rooted

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Psalm 89:3-4, 38-39

“You said, ‘I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to David my servant, I will establish your line forever and make your throne firm through all generations … But you have rejected, you have spurned, you have been very angry with your anointed one. Your

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Psalm 90:1

“Lord, you have been our dwelling place through all generations” (Psalm 90:1).   All week a top news headline has been about refugees, especially from Syria. The numbers are staggering and the reasons complex. What can we do? The first Christian response should be to pray. This prayer based on

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Psalm 88:6

“You have put me in the lowest pit in the darkest depths” (Psalm 88:6). This verse is no happy go lucky religious tripe. It’s downright depressing. And it’s not just this verse, the entire Psalm is dark. We might ask ourselves, why is it in the Bible? Various answers may

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Psalm 87:3-4

Glorious things are said of you, city of God “I will record Egypt and Babylon among those who acknowledge me— Philistia too, and Tyre, along with Cush—and will say, ‘This one was born in Zion.’” (Psalm 87:3-4). Did you ever get asked, “How are babies born?” Did it cause you

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John 4:35

Jesus said, “Open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest!” (John 4:35). This week’s column will be different than the norm. I have spent the mornings helping out with our annual VBS ministry and want to offer some observations. It’s true that I normally participate

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