In the beginning of Psalm 22 is a deep cry of lament. The writer feels abandoned, and yet…..a few lines later the same writer offers praises to God for deliverance. At once, the Psalmist was desperate for a word from God,
Psalm 20 is a royal request asking that God continue to protect the anointed King, to provide victory. There is an underlying understanding that this anointed one, or messiah, is leading the people in God’s ways.
This week we continue our look at the Psalms. The 19th chapter begins with praise coming not from the psalmist, but from creation itself. “The heavens declare the glory of God.”
Psalm 8 is the first Psalm of praise. It begins and ends with a declaration of the majesty of God, and reminds us that God is the God of all creation. It is good to praise, to remind ourselves of the greatness of God.
This is another Psalm of lament, the author yearns to worship God, to lead a life of righteousness, but “enemies” prevent him from doing so. Whether these were literal enemies or enemies of the soul, we do not know.
Expressions of lament are prevalent throughout the Psalms. To lament means to feel or express sorrow or regret for; to mourn. I am glad laments are found over and over in the Psalms and throughout our sacred texts. It gives me hope to see that thousands of years ago, people were sorrowful and regretful, just as I am in my own life.
One of the things I love about the Psalms is that there are so many questions. It echoes life, doesn’t it? How many of us have cried out to God, “Why?” or “How?" or “How long?” If you have not yet questioned God, you will.
Today we begin a 4-week journey through the Psalms. We will not reflect on every Psalm (there are 150) but we will look at many of them, exploring the variety and depth of some of our favorites.
For the next few weeks, we are going to take a journey through the Psalms. This collection of 150 songs, poems and prayers can provide hope, healing, a new start, and place of respite.
This verse has been the launching point for us each day this week and is a favorite verse for many. It’s a great passage to memorize and hold on to for growth and assurance.
In today’s reading, verse 20 reveals the exclamation point of the story. The prophet Isaiah doesn’t want us to miss the opportunity to praise God for the miracle of transformation that will take place.
In yesterday’s First 15 passage, the prophet Isaiah revealed God’s promise to make springs of water flow in parched and barren places, preparing a fertile landscape for the future. In today’s passage,
In yesterday’s First 15 passage, the prophet Isaiah painted a picture of a people who were poor, needy and parched with thirst. In today’s passage, Isaiah describes the refreshing response God will provide.
The prophet Isaiah’s collective writings reflect a glorious future for the world. A child will be born who will bring about an everlasting peace and completeness among all people. We know this child to be Jesus.
Each day this week we’ll be reading a passage from Isaiah 41 and we’ll include today’s verse as the launching point. As we read, keep in mind that, just like us, Isaiah the prophet experienced a great many ups and downs in his personal and professional life.