Taste and See, Psalm 34

"Taste and see," David urges us, "that the Lord is good." That's the heading for Psalm 34 in the English Standard Version, which makes sense when you read the sentence repeated in verse 8. But the subheading for Psalm 34 may make you wonder. It explains that David wrote this psalm when he changed his … Continue reading Taste and See, Psalm 34

Numbering Days, Psalm 90

A bit over two years ago, I blogged on Psalm 90 under the title "Our Dwelling Place" (you can read that post here). Because Psalm 90 seems particularly appropriate for the last day of the year, I decided to break from my regular schedule and blog on it again. But before I wrote today's entry, … Continue reading Numbering Days, Psalm 90

Steadfast love, Psalm 33

The English Standard Version (ESV) uses a term that I cherish: steadfast love. The King James (KJV) and New King James (NKJV) translate the same phrase as "goodness," while the American Standard Version (ASV) translates it as "lovingkindness" and the New International Version (NIV84) uses "unfailing love." Based on what I've heard from those who know … Continue reading Steadfast love, Psalm 33

Forgiveness blessings, Psalm 32

In Psalm 32, David meditates on the great blessings of God's forgiveness.   Its first two verses are familiar confessions: Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit (ESV). The believer who trusts in the finished … Continue reading Forgiveness blessings, Psalm 32

Take courage, Psalm 31

Psalm 31 proclaims multiple truths that go beyond one simple label. But all that it says can be summarized by God's encouragement to take courage. Like many psalms, it begins with pleas for deliverance (Psalm 31:1-2, ESV): In you, O Lord, do I take refuge;     let me never be put to shame;     in your righteousness deliver me! Incline … Continue reading Take courage, Psalm 31

Morning joy, Psalm 30

How often pain or grief overwhelms us during the long dark of the night! Yet the rising sun reminds us of God's loving care, restores our confidence in him, and renews our joy. Identified as a "song at the dedication of the temple," this psalm of David melds personal piety with corporate praise. David begins … Continue reading Morning joy, Psalm 30

Ascribe glory! (Psalm 29)

Do you hear God's voice thunder in the surf? Do you hear it in the tsunami? In the tornado? The earthquake? The volcano eruption? The forest fire? The sand storm? Those who have ears to hear will recognize his voice in all these roars as well as in the labored breathing of a deer giving … Continue reading Ascribe glory! (Psalm 29)

God hears, Psalm 28

Do you feel sometimes as if God is silent? Does it seem that your prayers fall on deaf ears? David was a man after God's own heart, yet he too felt at times as if God wasn't listening. He begins Psalm 28 with a cry for God to hear his call. To you, O Lord, I … Continue reading God hears, Psalm 28

Walking in integrity, Psalm 26

Do you feel as if you're being judged for a sin you didn't commit? Are people slandering you? Do some call your faith and repentance into question? Welcome to David's world. Psalm 26 is David's cry to the God who knows all, who sees all, and who is not mocked. David confesses his continued trust … Continue reading Walking in integrity, Psalm 26

Alphabet soup, Psalm 25

David wrote Psalm 25 as an acrostic poem; each of its 22 verses begin with the consecutive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Since the psalm contains petition as well as declaration and repentance, it doesn't fit into one specific category. It's more like vegetable beef stew than steak and potatoes. It begins as a prayer … Continue reading Alphabet soup, Psalm 25