So once again my life is in a new phase. After 34 years and 21 moves as an Army wife, you'd think I'd be used to the change part. And I am...mostly. But after 8 months in our "transition apartment" since my husband's retirement ceremony, we are making our first major move as civilians. And … Continue reading “God Help Me”
In Psalm 14, verse 6, we learn that "the poor" have God as "their refuge." In the Psalms the poor are also referred to as "the just" and as God's people. So, really anyone trying to love and trust God despite all the scary, nightmarish, frustrating, irrational things he or she encounters on life's journey. … Continue reading Attitude and Temptation
We read the words "But I trust in your mercy" near the end of Psalm 13, predominantly a lamentation. The psalmist basically relates how hard his life is. He's recounting the persecution and oppressions in his life to God. As if God didn't know already. But that's the kind of relationship they have. It's very … Continue reading All Things New
In Psalm 12 the psalmist reminds himself and us that God always protects and asks that God "preserve us from this generation." And how many generations have passed since then? Generations that have included people up to no good because they did not know Good. Or they knew but turned their backs. But it wasn't everyone. … Continue reading “…as holy as I should…”
Psalm 11 is about trust in God. I work on this ALL the time! How about you? Maybe you're better at that trust thing than I am. I try mightily to give everything up to God: all my worries, upcoming challenges, the people I love, my desires, my fears. But then I find myself wrestling … Continue reading “Jesus, I trust in You”
Psalms 9 and 10, according to my faith tradition, are always considered together since the continuation of an acrostic poem begins in 9 and continues through the 10th psalm. We're speaking of Hebrew letters here so don't go searching for A-Z in your Bible's translation of those works. Since that's the way they were written … Continue reading Blessed Are You!
In the Old Testament's 8th Psalm we read a meditation on the awesomeness of God and how insignificant we seem in comparison. And yet, we human beings are still the pinnacle of God's creation. In verse 6 we read, "Yet you have made him little less than a god, crowned him with glory and honor." Some … Continue reading “What a piece of work is man…”
I will thank the LORD in accordance with his justice; I will sing the name of the LORD Most High. -Psalm 7: 18 What is justice? St. Augustine of Hippo defines it thus: "justice is love serving only the loved object, and therefore ruling rightly" which is helpful in considering the above excerpt from … Continue reading On Justice
Psalm 6 asks God the question, "How long?" How long must I wait? Seems like I am often waiting. But the irony is, I don't have to wait for God. God has always been ever patiently waiting for me! I need to surrender to Him, that's all. Give it all to Him, my life, my … Continue reading How Long?
But I, through the abundance of your mercy, will enter into your house. I will bow down toward your holy sanctuary out of fear of you. - Psalm 5:8 "Out of fear of you." I think too many people misunderstand the meaning of 'fear' in the Biblical and theological context. It's not the same as … Continue reading Fear of the Lord and other mysteries