Psalm 13

“How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?” (Psalm 13:1-2)           "How long?...

Psalm 12

“The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times” (Psalm 12:6). Psalm 12 has a lot to say about words. There are those who speak lies, flatter, boast, or who think they will gain power over others by the...

Psalm 11

“If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3)     As we look at things happening in our culture -- moral decay, political tensions, crime, etc., we may feel as if the foundations of life are being destroyed. And when we experience difficulties in our own...

Psalm 10

Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”? (Psalm 10:13)  Why do people renounce God? Pride? Idolatry? Greed? Hurt? Any or all of these might be reasons people wall up their hearts and reject God. While those who renounce God might often...

Psalm 9

“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds” (Psalm 9:1).  What a great goal: start and end the day by recounting God’s wonderful deeds! How might our outlook on life change if we began each day by naming ten things...

Psalm 8

“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him?” (Psalm 8:3) This Psalm celebrates the wonder of God’s creation. It begins and ends with the declaration of God's majesty...

Psalm 7

“If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword; he has bent and readied his bow” (Psalm 7:12).  This verse is a strong and sobering reminder that we need to ask the Lord for forgiveness when we fail Him. To repent means to turn away from evil. When we...

Psalm 6

“Turn, O Lord, deliver my life; save me for the sake of your steadfast love” (Psalm 6:4). David, the author of Psalm 6, once again calls our attention to God's steadfast love. David asks God to deliver him from his troubles for the sake of God's steadfast love. We always...

Psalm 5

“But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house. I will bow down toward your holy temple in the fear of you” (Psalm 5:7).   This verse reminds us that it is only through the abundance of God’s steadfast love that we are able to come into...

Psalm 4

“Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!” (Psalm 4:1)  At first glance, the beginning of this Psalm may seem almost too bold. But David is bold because he understands his...