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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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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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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Psalm 123

As we walk this journey home, we are faced with many distractions. Sometimes we will encounter others who hold our worldview in contempt. What do we do? We focus our eyes on the LORD, the one enthroned in heaven. I lift my eyes to you, the one enthroned in heaven. (v. 1 CSB) We ask […]

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Psalm 122

Worship. What an incredible privilege it is to gather publicly to worship God with others! This psalm of ascents was written to celebrate Jerusalem, the city of God, and the pilgrimage God’s people made to Jerusalem to worship at the temple. Today, our pilgrimages are shorter, our worship gatherings scattered throughout the world. And still […]

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Psalm 121

Whenever I read or think about this psalm, I hear this song, the words of Psalm 121 set to music.   Father, I am in awe that You, the Maker of heaven and earth, are my help and Protector. You keep watch over my coming and going. You are my shelter. I lift up my […]

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Psalm 120

It is difficult to live in a culture where words of peace are met with a hostile response. This psalm of ascent cries out to God for rescue from those who hate truth and peace. What was true of God then is true of God today: He hears and will answer. In my distress I […]

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