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Like the Torah, the first five books of the Old Testament, the Psalms “point the way” to life, faith and relationship. The Psalms capture and communicated the “gut issues” of life. They did for the Hebrew people. They did for Jesus. And they can do the same for us. They are a resource when words won’t come. Jesus prayed them and they sustained Him. They were His Prayer Book. We have visited Psalms of Praise and Thanksgiving, Lament, Ascent, Wisdom and Royal placement. Each offers a closer connection to God. Today we draw on the Lyrics of the Psalms as they have made their presence know in our Hymns of the Church.
Here is the Psalm Psummary
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Psalm 23 The Lord is My Shepherd. We normally think of Psalm 23 at times of grief, loss and trouble but this Psalm can Shepherd us in another way too. ” I Shall not Want!” Perhaps we can read this Psalm before we go to the Mall to remind us of other options for our time and resources.Continue reading
We might call Psalm 118 a Club Sandwich, a healthy one. Psalm 118 is sandwiched between Psalm 117 the Shortest Psalm and Psalm 119 the Longest Psalm. And it is piled high with healthy ingredients for us. The nutritional ingredient it offers us is GRATITUDE! Psalm 118 rejoices, “Give Thanks to the Lord for He is Good! His Steadfast Love Endures For-Ever! The psalmist rejoices because this extraordinary moment has come as a gift against all odds! It’s the story of Abraham and Sara giving birth to Isaac “when they were as good as dead!”. It’s Eddie Rickenbacker’s “Sea Gull in the middle of the South Pacific!”. God acts with “Todah” moments for us too! Give Thanks to the Lord for He is Good!Continue reading
Some Psalms Sing Out, “Make a Joyful Noise to the Lord!” Psalm 13 makes a noise of a different sort. It sighs and aches! Psalm 13 Reveals Real Raw human Reaction and Response to the Lows of Life. Yet it Looks to God! God desires us to be honest with Him so that He can come with Real Healing and Hope!Continue reading
Saw it on the side of a building while strolling down a Hill Country sidewalk, “Come for Comfort!” ( It was in Comfort Texas). Comfort is what we need during our summer slow down, isn’t it?! A wise adage offers, Unless we “go apart” we will “come apart!”. Psalm 8 is about a quiet time of reflection that can fill the soul! David received it on a hillside while shepherding sheep and gazing into the heavens.Continue reading
We are only the light bulbs, and our job is just to remain screwed in.” – Desmond Tutu. This is what faith is like. We are to remain screwed in tightly to Christ, going where He takes us. We don’t … Continue reading
Trinity Sunday is about two views. The First is our experience of God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit or as Creator, Redeemer & Lord and Comforter & Constant Companion. The Second view is “Trinity” Lutheran, US, the people of Trinity since 1851.Continue reading
The day the disciples and everyone in the area came together to celebrate the original Pentecost – the Feast of First Fruits, they got a big surprise. Not only did their hair get ruffled in the wind, they got some … Continue reading
Not what you were expecting to hear when you think of being Extravagantly Generous was it? You thought I was going to say open your wallet. Does God need our money???? God can use us and needs us!!! Listen here. … Continue reading