Clean heart, Psalm 51

King David wrote the well-known penitential Psalm 51 after the prophet Nathan confronted him with his sins involving Bathsheba and her husband, Uriah (whose death in battle he'd arranged). You can read the sad sequence of self-centered actions in 2 Samuel 11. Nathan's confrontation and the beginning of consequences are recorded in 2¬†Samuel 12. God's … Continue reading Clean heart, Psalm 51

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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