Psalm 88: My cry of desperation

Darkness is my only friend. This is how Psalm 88 ends. Unlike almost every other psalm, this one ends in darkness rather than hope. Prolonged darkness leads to desperation. This psalm is a desperate cry to God in the midst of pain and isolation. But it is a cry to God. This Psalm reminds us […]

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Psalm 87: My source of joy

My whole source of joy is in you! This is the song of the citizens of Zion. The Old Testament tells the story of how God set apart a people for Himself, how He chose to dwell among them, and how through His people He extends an invitation to all people of every nation to […]

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What to give the hurting this Christmas

Christmas is coming. It is the season of secular celebration, a cultural focus on the commerce of gift giving and home decor, accompanied by expectations of happy family gatherings and food in abundance. More importantly, this is the season of spiritual celebration, a deliberate and joyful focus on the coming of Christ to Bethlehem, the […]

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Books, friendship, and the shared journey home

The journey home is one best shared with others. We need the help of books and the companionship of friends to keep our heart oriented toward heaven while we walk this broken planet. We need books to show us where we are going. We need God’s Word first, the most important book ever written. We […]

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At the Table: Where Life and Truth Meet

Most of us have asked the question, “What is my purpose?” For me, that question has often taken a paralyzing turn.  I think, “What is MY purpose? What is the one thing I’m supposed to be doing with my life to glorify God…and what if I miss it?” Like most women, I fight feelings of […]

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Psalm 141

Everyone is wrong sometime. But who likes being reminded of it? David asked for such reminders. In a time when his enemies were trying to trap him into wrongdoing, David prayed that a righteous one would rebuke him if his heart turned toward a sinful path. He viewed such a reprimand as a blessing, an […]

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The God Who Runs

Rebellion. Selfish demands. Surly words. Shameful choices. We’ve all played the rebel, rejecting the rules to get what we want, to experience something new. Regret. I was so stupid. We’ve all suffered the consequences of rebellious choices, finding ourselves in a mess we can’t escape on our own. Rejection. I’m no longer worthy. And sometimes, […]

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Psalm 130

God hears our cries for help. Out of the depths I call to you, LORD! Lord, listen to my voice; let your ears be attentive to my cry for help. (v. 1-2 CSB) God forgives our sins. If you, LORD, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, […]

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Psalm 129

God is the defender of the oppressed. The psalmist writes of God delivering Israel, His covenant people, from attacks and oppression since her earliest days. Since my youth they have often attacked me— let Israel say— Since my youth they have often attacked me, but they have not prevailed against me. (v. 1-2 CSB) God […]

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Psalm 124

At some point on our journey home, we will find ourselves under attack, by people or by the crushing weight of circumstances we could not foresee. When this happens, we need someone by our side. We need help we can count on. We need the LORD, Yahweh, our covenant-keeping God. Psalm 124 gives testimony of […]

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