Renewed Strength

This morning, two of my favorite Scripture texts became real to me as never before. You probably love these passages as well. The first is Isaiah 40:28–31. Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding … Continue reading Renewed Strength

Truth for today

In light of the state of our country and our current political climate, this text from my morning devotions seems particularly appropriate: First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and … Continue reading Truth for today

Already delivered, Psalm 54

In today’s culture of death, when evil men persecute Christians and sin remains deeply woven into society’s fabric, consider David’s pleas and praise in Psalm 54. As he so often does, David begins the psalm by begging God to hear his prayer: O God, save me by your name,     and vindicate me by your might. O … Continue reading Already delivered, Psalm 54

None Who Does Good, Psalm 53

Most of us tend to think we're pretty good people. After all, we're not criminals or murderers. We're far superior to evil leaders like Hitler or Hussein. Truth is, we're all sinners. The Bible teaches that every person who ever lived and who ever will live, with the exception of Jesus Christ, is a sinner. … Continue reading None Who Does Good, Psalm 53

Olive tree, Psalm 52

Looking back on this past year, do you find it depressing to think about the tough times? Try focusing on how God got you through them. David knew persecution. He was God's anointed, the appointed successor to Saul. But he was continually on the run for his life. One of the most tragic episodes during … Continue reading Olive tree, Psalm 52

Far from home, Psalm 43

Most scholars believe that Psalm 43 belongs with Psalm 42. In The Literary Study Bible ESV, editors Ryken and Ryken write: "The case is overwhelming that these two poems actually constitute a single worship psalm" (p. 792). They point out how the combined psalms express the longing of an exile to return to worship God in his … Continue reading Far from home, Psalm 43

Your worst life now, Psalm 42

Contrary to some popular preachers, you can't live your best life now. You're actually living your worst life now. Can you imagine a manuscript titled Your Worst Life Now? Any editor or publisher consider that proposal an epic fail in marketing strategy. It's too negative! It's too pessimistic! But it's only too true. What you're living now as … Continue reading Your worst life now, Psalm 42

Measuring Days, Psalm 39

A bit over two years ago, I blogged on Psalm 39 under the title, "Carpe Diem!" That Latin phrase means, "Seize the day," which still seems an apt title. But in revisiting the psalm today, I'm struck by the ESV heading, "What Is the Measure of My Days?" In this personal lament that conveys the … Continue reading Measuring Days, Psalm 39

River of Delights, Psalm 36

Since I have a lot going on in my life right now, I'm not taking time to craft a new meditation on Psalm 36 today. Instead I'm posting a link to a brief reflection on some of the most beautiful images of the psalm, which I originally posted almost three years ago: Drinking from God's … Continue reading River of Delights, Psalm 36

New Year resolved

Resolution. We hear a lot about it at the beginning of a year. People make New Year's resolutions to lose some weight or spend more time in personal devotions. But often the year comes and goes and we end up making the same vague resolutions at the beginning of the next year. Perhaps the trouble … Continue reading New Year resolved