‘Forsake me not, O God, in my old age, when I am gray-headed…’ Psalm 71:16 I first noticed this Psalm at seminary as a senior, getting ready to graduate. A group of us were presenting the Scripture for the day, this being the Psalm. Didn’t take too much notice of it except one of theContinue reading “Gray Hair”
Psalm 1:3 And she shall be like a tree planted by streams of water that bring forth fruit in good season (my translation) It’s the first day of the month of April, a sense that winter is finally behind us, spring has fully arrived. It’s also a season of hope for the millions of usContinue reading “A New Month: A New Psalm”
Psalm 102:14 For your servants love her very rubble, and are moved to pity even for her dust. We have all seen the remains of a bombed city, building, home, any place that has been destroyed with only dust remaining. And for those of us who have no worries about this happening to our homes,Continue reading “Loving the Rubble”
You have noted my lamentation,; put my tears into your bottle…” Psalm 56:8 It is strongly doubtful God has a bottle, at least a physical one. But shall we imagine there is such an item with the divine…how many tears would be in your bottle? I have cried rivers of tears during my sixty-odd yearsContinue reading “God’s Bottle”
Psalm 114:4, 6 (from the 1748 Book of Common Prayer) ‘The mountains skipped like rams: and the little hills like young sheep…Ye mountains that ye skipped like rams: and ye little hills like young sheep?’ It’s a funny analogue to ponder mountains and hills skipping. The context of this Psalm is Israel coming out ofContinue reading “Skipping”
Psalm 108:1 ‘O God my heart is ready, my heart is ready’. Ready…set…go! We all know those words as they begin a race, whether it be with a person, a car or even a horse. And the contestants are ready, they’ve been ready for a long time. The training often is brutal, the early morningsContinue reading “I AM READY!”
Psalm 93:6 (from the 1748 Book of Common Prayer) Thy testimonies, O Lord, are very sure: holiness becometh thine house for ever. Psalm 19:7 (from the 1748 BCP) …the testimony of the Lord is sure, and giveth wisdom to the simple. There are a number of songs about testimony, such as Melissa Etheridge’s “I wantContinue reading “Testimony”
Psalm 90:3 (from the 1748 Book of Common Prayer) For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday: seeing that it is past as a watch in the night. Tough words, these. We have a difficult time with 50 years, but a thousand is beyond our minds’ comprehension. It would do us someContinue reading “The Beginning of Lent…almost”
This is an incredibly difficult time in the lives of those who are suffering from this pandemic. Matters not what age, gender or country. Whether in hospital, nursing home or at home, Psalm 38 expresses some of the prayers I can only imagine anyone who knows the ravages of this virus can cause. ‘…your handContinue reading “A Psalm for all who suffer from COVID-19”
Psalm 19 has to be one of my favorites. I sang verses 7-10 as a teenager at Pioneer Girl Camp in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, which as I have discovered, they are now committed to memory and can sing them 50 years later. The Psalmist puts forward the sweetness of knowing God’s statutes,Continue reading “A Psalm to Love”
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