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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praying and writing through the Psalms

In this homebound season I have learned many things about myself. One is that my struggle with spiritual disciplines is not, as I once thought, a function of limited time. During my decade of teaching middle school science, I was inconsistent with daily Bible reading and intentional prayer. Having become a teacher without a teaching […]

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