The King Reigns, Psalm 47

God is king and he reigns over all the earth. That's the message of Psalm 47. With references to Old Testament ceremony and ancient eastern pomp, it celebrates God's rule as the Most High King. Ascribed to the Sons of Korah, the psalm begins with praise imperatives (Psalm 47:1, ESV): Clap your hands, all peoples! … Continue reading The King Reigns, Psalm 47

“Facing the Fearsome” by Rev. Stephen Donovan

Rather than writing my own meditation today, I'm posting a link to a sermon on Psalm 46 preached by Rev. Stephen Donovan at Escondido United Reformed Church in Escondido, CA. He preached "Facing the Fearsome" on the last evening of 2012, when many people felt anxious about the coming year. Rev. Donovan's message is available at … Continue reading “Facing the Fearsome” by Rev. Stephen Donovan

“Welcome to the Wedding” by Jeremy Veldman

In lieu of writing my own meditation on Psalm 45 today, I'm posting a link to a sermon on the psalm, preached by Rev. Jeremy Veldman in 2004. Rev. Veldman now pastors Covenant United Reformed Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan, but at the time he preached this sermon he was serving an internship at Covenant URC in Kansas … Continue reading “Welcome to the Wedding” by Jeremy Veldman

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

Everlasting God, Psalm 41

Psalm 41 is the final psalm in Book One of the Psalter. It's a lament that begins with an extended statement of confidence in God's sovereign provision: Blessed is the one who considers the poor!     In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him; the Lord protects him and keeps him alive;     he is called blessed in the land; … Continue reading Everlasting God, Psalm 41

Impatience inversion, Psalm 40

Many laments begin with a cry to God, but end with resting in him and waiting on his will. Psalm 40 reverses that usual order. It begins with patient rest and ends with an impatient plea. TEASER: This psalm concludes with another striking aspect, which I'll write about at the end of this post. Time … Continue reading Impatience inversion, Psalm 40

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

God will answer, Psalm 38

Okay, I admit it. I've avoided writing a meditation on this psalm. Psalm 38 isn't very cheerful or particularly inspiring. In fact, it's downright depressing. This psalm is a lament, the largest category of psalms. This particular lament is penitential, expressing sorrow for sin, but also contains striking descriptions of physical pain, personal persecution, and … Continue reading God will answer, Psalm 38

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

Speak to my soul, Psalm 35

We may not be on the run from the king and his men, as David often was under the reign of Saul, but we all experience times when we feel surrounded. Persecuted Christians or those living in war-torn lands may be physically surrounded by enemies seeking to destroy them, but at some time each believer … Continue reading Speak to my soul, Psalm 35