“Weeping may last for the night; but joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5 The daily liturgy of nature includes a remarkable truth. On the eastern horizon, right before the first light of day stretches its’ arm beyond the horizon, the darkness is deepest. It’s the point of night where the sun had been gone […]Read more "Joy Comes in the Morning"
“It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them.” Psalm 44:3 Israel’s taking of the land was no small feat. Dispossessing an encamped enemy from their own land is a […]Read more "Not by Their Sword"
“For my days vanish like smoke; my bones burn like glowing embers. My heart is blighted and withered like grass; I forget to eat my food.” Ps. 102:3-4 Being human does not exactly look like Hollywood makes it look on the big screen. Often over glamorized by the “stars,” reality under the real stars tells […]Read more "I Forget to Eat"
“Save me, oh God, for the waves have come up to my neck…” Ps. 69:1 Have you ever had the experience of being at the ocean when the surf that comes in overtakes you with each crashing wave? It’s amazing the power of water, isn’t it? I mean, the same substance (mostly) that we drink […]Read more "What Are Your Waters?"
“Be still. . .” Ps. 46:10 Is there anything still or silent about our world? I don’t think so. Is there anything in the entire cosmos at rest? Nope. Even at the microscopic level, atoms are in non-stop motion. Our world is not only spinning on its’ axis, but also rotating around the sun. Our […]Read more "Learning Stillness"
But my enemies are vigorous and powerful Ps. 38:19a (HCSB) I’m on a journey of learning how to read the Bible not so much from the rationalistic perspectives of Western Christendom where the meaning of the passage is found only in what the writers literally meant. The Psalms are a great place to practice this skill. […]Read more "My Enemies are Powerful"
I pursued my enemies and overtook them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed. I crushed them so that they could not rise; they fell beneath my feet. Ps. 18: 37, 38 School is out and summer has arrived. . .partially. My role at school includes coaching multiple sports so I’ll go from practice to practice […]Read more "Waging Spiritual War"
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Ps. 51:10 Every now and again I am reminded I’m human. Despite my longing for permanance, I’m not. I’m finite. I’m limited beyond my normal awareness. For example (and it’s silly), I cannot think my heart to stop beating, nor my […]Read more "Create in Me A Clean Heart"
What do you feel when you really look at the current state of our world? If I’m being honest, I’d have to say fear and anxiety would make my “Top Ten” feelings. With news articles like “Financial Collapse Imminent”, “Violent Extremism Expanding”, “City Government Bankrupted by Corruption”, “Crime Up 25%”, etc., it’s hard not to […]Read more "When Life Looks Bleak"
Grief. Image from http://www.huffingtonpost.com There are many, many reasons why I appreciate the Psalms. One reason is the honesty therein. Whoever the author may have been of each particular Psalm, it seems as if they captured exactly what I have to say. Psalm 38 is yet another example of my words said by another long […]Read more "A Burden Too Heavy"