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Psalm 30 thanks God (vv. 1-3, 11-12) and exhorts others to thank God (vv. 4-5). Both emerge from the concrete reality of David’s own experience. Here is what that experience looks like: Step one: David was set on high and …Read More

Psalm 30 is the story of the ups and downs of life, and David is frank and clear. He was in a flourishing spot, he became proud, the Lord was with him but disciplined him, and then the Lord lifted …Read More

It is good to give thanks for the Lord’s grace to us, especially when we have been rescued. The psalmist, and this one is attributed to David, gives thanks to God for rescue in these words at the opening of …Read More

Psalm 29 has a natural (and profoundly theological) progression: it begins by summoning the “sons of Elohim” (heavenly beings) to worship God, and this seems to be a way of getting all humans to see that the idols must turn …Read More

Psalm 29 summons “heavenly beings” (sons of gods) to acknowledge YHWH, and you can read the Psalm after the jump where we include the NetBible’s version. Some have even suggested Psalm 29 adapts poetry from the Canaanites. The essential command …Read More

Thanksgiving is a fruit that does not grow naturally among humans. Perhaps it grows easier for some than for others, but it is not uncommon for someone to experience something wonderful, something for which they had even pleaded with God, …Read More

How to respond to enemies? How to respond to those with whom one is conflict? What to do? The psalms suggest going directly to God. Call on God, Psalm 28 informs us. David’s prayer weaves together his request from God …Read More

The second half of Psalm 27 (read vv. 7-14 after the jump) reveals the heart of David as he seeks to control his fear and actualize his own theology of God’s strength and protection. He wanders — soulish wandering — …Read More

This series is called “our common prayerbook” because the Psalms were designed as a prayerbook for Israel and it is the common prayerbook that stands behind all other prayerbooks in use in the Church today. These prayers, or the psalms, …Read More

Psalm 26 continues with the reasons why he think YHWH should “vindicate” or decide in his favor, and now he turns more toward religious practices in the Temple. Again, the psalmist is unafraid to make his claim of innocence and …Read More