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One theme in the Psalms that can make Protestants nervous is the theme of the personal claim to integrity that the psalmist uses as a plea with God to say “Answer me, I’ve been faithful.” Psalm 26, which connects with […]

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Our theme for Psalm 25 is that prayer is soul-ish wandering. Soul-ish wandering begins in one place and the spirit and soul wander from place to place and from thought to thought while in God’s presence. One could say that […]

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Our theme for Psalm 25 is that prayer is soul-ish wandering. Soul-ish wandering begins in one place and the spirit and soul wander from place to place and from thought to thought while in God’s presence. One could say that […]

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Prayer is soul-ish wandering. It begins in one place and the spirit and soul wander from place to place while in God’s presence. One could say that genuine prayer often meanders from one thought to another.  The psalmist in Psalm […]

Prayer is soul-ish wandering and for me Psalm 25 exemplifies the prayer of soulish wandering.  This psalm begins (vv. 1-3) by offering one’s very heart to God and then moves to petitioning for instruction.  Soulish wandering longs for wisdom. Hence vv. […]

Prayer is soul-ish wandering. It wanders from who we are and what we have done and what life is like into the presence of God where it again wanders into who God is and what God is like and what […]

Psalm 24:7-10 is a double-set of exclamations: in both v. 7 and v. 9 the psalmist exhorts the gates to open, and in vv. 8 and 10 the psalmist describes YHWH and his entrance into the Temple. In the flow […]

The psalms are prayers, and we learn to pray by watching the psalmists pray. Which reminds me of Lynn Anderson’s book, a book that examines who we learn to talk back to God in the psalms: Talking Back to God: […]

Psalm 24 has three unrelated sections: vv. 1-2, 3-6 and 7-10. So also J. Goldingay: Psalms 1. The ecological theme of so many of us today, the green theme, jumps out of Psalm 24’s first two verses, and these two […]

The second part of Psalm 23 shifts at v. 5 from God as Shepherd to God as hospitable host. Again, we are reading through J. Goldingay (Psalms 1), and you can see the text of Psalm 23 after the jump. […]

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