Startling Song

“Your righteousness, O God, reaches the high heavens. You who have done great things, O God, who is like you?” (Psalm 71:19) Father, I can barely place pen to paper this morning with the distractions around me on this first day away from my regular routines. A tiny, chirping finch is perched on the balcony […]

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Presentable

“He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.” (Psalm 40:3) Worship is uncomplicated when life runs steady as a stream gurgling peacefully through serene scenarios. When we lift our voices on Sunday mornings, dressed in our […]

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Refocus and Realign

“Your way O God is holy. What God is great like our God? You are the God who works wonders.” (Psalm 77:13) On most days, we pursue a frantic treadmill pace, with constant tumultuous noise buzzing in our ears from diverse, compelling sources. Distracted by this hectic combination, it proves difficult to focus on who […]

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Sand Storm

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” (Psalm 20:7) Lions crouching at the door with tigers at your back…swarms of locusts overhead and quicksand beneath your feet are pictures of elusive escape routes without a rescuer in sight. The only sound slips between […]

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Turn Toward

“Give ear to my prayer, O God, and hide not yourself from my plea for mercy!” (Psalm 55:1) Whining rarely benefits the one enduring the gripe or the complainer intent on unloading her prevailing mediocre circumstances. Who really even cares when the boss is unjust, the landlord greedy, or the neighbor’s piercing accusation slices like […]

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Wrong Turn

“Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God.” (Mark 12:24) The Sadducees often attempted to stump Jesus. They never could. No matter the farcical tale they threw at him, he easily read through their intent and revealed their true motives. In Mark 12, they […]

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Striving

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1) Every human being breathes beneath the awning of heaven and is confronted relentlessly with the speech of stars and planets, clouds and wind, searing sunshine and luminescent moonbeams. Rainfall, thunderclaps, and snowstorms declare God as glorious, mighty, brilliant, ordered, […]

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Inside Out

“For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.” (Psalm 103:14) David’s songs resonate like water heaving itself across rugged cliffs and plunging hundreds of feet to crash on river rock below; his psalms have the voice of a thousand waterfalls cascading in full force. In the compelling language of Psalm 103, God […]

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Setting Out

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.” (Psalm 84:11) Like a desert wanderer who values pools of water beneath the shade of palms, we cling to the soul‐satisfying poetry displayed throughout the Psalms.   This ancient hymnbook […]

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Morning Muddles

“If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.” (Psalm 139:9-­10) Believing a lie is easy at times. When pain is pressing down our backs, bill collectors are breaking down our doors, or […]

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