Psalm 107: Let the Redeemed Say So

Unrequited love makes for great comedy, but insufferable reality. From my first date with Ruth, I knew I would marry her. I wasn’t overly anxious about it. In fact, the just the opposite. I felt a great sense of relief from the onset our relationship. After years of searching, the search was finally over. I…


Psalm 103: A God with Benefits

I remember it being late on a Tuesday night when we had another “debate.” My girlfriend (now wife) and I had just attended a worship gathering for college students. It wasn’t put on or sponsored by any single church or denomination. It was an hour of music with maybe five minutes of teaching from someone.…


Psalm 19: Creation Testifies

Sun’s Out Summertime. The days stretch out, long and lean, extending an invitation for us to soak up every ounce of sunlight left lingering on the edge of the horizon. There aren’t more than 24 hours in a day during the summer, but it sure does feel like it. More time for playing, swimming, laughing,…

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Psalm 42: When Hope is Hard to Find

Psalm 42 is one of the most well known Psalms of all time, mostly due to the visceral, moving imagery of its opening verse: “As the deer pants for the flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.” Maybe you’ve sung those words before? In fact, if you old-schoolers are like me, you…

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Psalm 32: A Surprising Path to Blessing

Let’s talk about your new favorite topic: How to read ancient Hebrew poetry. Don’t leave. Seriously, you’ll be good at this and you’ll be happy you kept reading. If you want to skip straight to the funny story, scroll down to “I had just started dating…” This is the fourth blog in a series on…


Psalm 2: Looking For A King

I loved fairytales when I was a kid. (I still do. Give me Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia any day and I’m a happy camper.) I loved getting lost in a make-believe world where anything was possible. In that world, the limitations of being a kid were of little consequence. There…

Tree of Life

Psalm 1: Becoming a Tree of Life

If you missed the last blog post introducing the Book of Psalms, we made an observation that is going to help us as we embark on a journey through some specific psalms in the weeks to come, and that observation is this: The Psalms teach us how to live by teaching us how to pray.…

The Book of Psalms

The Book Of Psalms: An Introduction

Have you ever gone to church before and thought, “I wish I could bottle this feeling up and take it home with me”? Whether it was the tangible presence of the Lord during the bridge of your favorite song, the insightful preaching of the biblical text, or the encouragement that comes from gathering together with…