Psalm 77: I Cry Aloud to God

When I read through the psalms, there are psalms that fall flat on my ears; there are those psalms that are so bouncy and happy and just hardly seem entirely true. Then there are psalms that strike deep in my soul and wreck me with the truth that they contain and the truth that IContinue reading “Psalm 77: I Cry Aloud to God”

Psalm 23: For You Are With Me

Psalm 23, one of the psalms set for this evening, is probably the most known passages of scripture. It is known across religions, and has often made its way into popular culture. It is almost always prayed together at a funeral. It’s words, with the Lord’s Prayer, are often found on the lips of thoseContinue reading “Psalm 23: For You Are With Me”

Psalm 73: How Can God Know?

The psalm set for this evening is the one direct before the psalm set for last night. Sometimes I wonder what logic there is in the arrangement of the Daily Office, but this one seem clear. Whereas last night’s psalm, Psalm 74 sits in the uncomfortable reality that God’s absence is deeply felt, and neverContinue reading “Psalm 73: How Can God Know?”

Psalm 74: Remember Your Congregation

For the most part, when reading the Psalms with regularity and intention, it becomes obvious that there are certain patterns that most of the psalms follow. There are the psalms that express never-failing confidence in God and God alone. There are psalms that give rise to both individual and communal laments. There are psalms thatContinue reading “Psalm 74: Remember Your Congregation”

Psalm 119:73-96: Your Law is My Delight

In the massive beast that is Psalm 119, this evening’s psalms sets apart three stanzas. Being an acrostic poem, Psalm 119 not only follows the flow of the Hebrew alphabet, within each stanza, each line starts with the letter as well. This evening’s selections are the yod, the kap, and the lamed letters. The entiretyContinue reading “Psalm 119:73-96: Your Law is My Delight”

Psalm 68: God will Shatter the Heads of His Enemies

One thing is certain about this evening’s psalm: no one fully understands it. There are textual difficulties, there are translation difficulties, and anyone who tries, it seems, struggles to find a category within which to place Psalm 68. It is cyclical in nature, but is it a communal hymn of praise? Is it an individualContinue reading “Psalm 68: God will Shatter the Heads of His Enemies”

Psalm 138: You Increased my Strength of Soul

The psalm set for this evening’s prayers is a psalm of thanksgiving; it is an individual psalmist who offers her thanks before God for all the ways in which God has been continually present throughout her life. Psalm 138 is an individual song of praise and thanksgiving; in this psalm, the psalmist recalls times inContinue reading “Psalm 138: You Increased my Strength of Soul”

Psalm 51: You Desire Truth

Throughout the our lives, people of faith pray a variety of prayers; some are big, some are small, some are easy, some are difficult, and some ask things of God or of ourselves that if we fully understood, we wouldn’t dare ask because there is no way to be unchanged by them. This evening’s psalm,Continue reading “Psalm 51: You Desire Truth”

Psalm 46: Be Still and Know

As I write this, I am sipping dye in wait for a large machine to tell me to be still and to hold my breath while I get yet another CT scan. It’s time, of course. Even though Not Cancer was not cancer, it still has to be watched so to make sure it doesn’tContinue reading “Psalm 46: Be Still and Know”