Quotes I’m pondering…

The obedience of faith only works when it’s rooted in a person, not a rule. Imposed on its own, a rule invites us to sit in judgement, weighing its reasonableness. But a rule flowing from relationship smoothes the way for faithful obedience. When a child doesn’t understand her mother’s command, the mother’s character plays a […]

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Psalm 20

Psalm 20 is a congregational prayer for the success of the king in battle. A strong emphasis is placed on the name of the LORD, acknowledging that Israel’s protection comes from their covenant relationship with God. Just as the people of Israel prayed this psalm for their king, we can pray this psalm for those […]

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Psalm 16

Trust. Contentment. Gratitude. Psalm 16 shows the way. David wrote this psalm and the people of Israel sang this song to celebrate the inheritance they had received from God and the benefits of choosing the path of life rather than running after the gods of their day. Like all of the psalms, we can read […]

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Psalm 9

Written by David, Psalm 9 opens with four “I will” statements, declaring an intent to praise God and inviting all who sing this Psalm to join in praise (v. 1-2). 1. I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart. 2. I will tell of all your wonders. 3. I will be glad and […]

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trust in the storm

Trouble finds us on this broken planet. Storms threaten the lives we build, the people we love. When storms arise, what can we do? In Psalm 28, David shows us the way of trust. Trust requires relationship.  “To you, O LORD, I call; my rock…” The biblical idea of trust is one of attaching oneself, relying […]

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