Psalm 84

How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord of Armies. I long and yearn for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh cry out for the living God. (Psalm 84:1-2) One thing that many of us realized during the COVID-19 pandemic was how special and important the physical gathering...

Psalm 83

God, do not keep silent. Do not be deaf, God; do not be quiet. (Psalm 83:1) “GOD, DO SOMETHING!” Have you ever cried out like this? Sickness has afflicted many, injustice abounds, things aren't fair, oppression persists. What should we do when we see or experience these things ourselves? Cry...

Psalm 82

Provide justice for the needy and the fatherless; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. (Psalm 82:3)  God has overwhelming compassion for those who are weak and afflicted. We, His church, are called to care for the weak, fatherless, afflicted and destitute. How do we do that? Not...

Psalm 81

You called out in distress, and I rescued you; I answered you from the thundercloud. I tested you at the Waters in Meribah. (Psalm 81:7)   God tested His people, the Israelites, at Meribah by withholding water from them (see Exodus 17:4-7). We have probably all encountered a season in which...

Psalm 80

Restore us, Lord, God of Armies; make your face shine on us, so that we may be saved. (Psalm 80:19)  At three different points in this prayer for restoration and salvation, we find this request: “make your face shine on us.” This phrase recalls the words of Numbers 6:24-26, in...

Psalm 79

Do not hold past iniquities against us; let your compassion come to us quickly, for we have become very weak. (Psalm 79:8) Every day we sin and fall short of the glory of God, but we have assurance from Him that if we confess our sin, He forgives and remembers...

Psalm 78

He established a testimony in Jacob and set up a law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach to their children so that a future generation–children yet to be born–might know. They were to rise and tell their children so that they might put their confidence in God...

Psalm 77

You are the God who works wonders; you revealed your strength among the peoples. (Psalm 77:14) In this cry for help, the writer looks back and considers the things that God has done - calling them wonders. Where have you experienced the wonders of God? We can see the wonders...

Psalm 76

God is known in Judah; his name is great in Israel. (Psalm 76:1) Today’s Psalm was written as a song of praise to the Lord. The psalmist declares that God’s greatness is known and expresses some of the reasons why God has captured everyone’s attention. Do you take time each...

Psalm 75

When the earth and all its inhabitants shake, I am the one who steadies its pillars. (Psalm 75:3) Do you ever feel like the whole earth is tottering and sometimes even doubt if God is really in control? It’s easy to feel this way when we see wars around the...