Monthly Archive: June 2017

30
Jun

Psalm 86-89

Daily Reading Psalm 86-89 Daily Thought I am writing this on a Saturday. It’s Donut Day, and always has been. When we were little, my brother and I went with Dad to help him choose the right donuts. Later, the teen years, we preferred sleeping in. Still, Dad disappeared each Saturday, before we or the […]

29
Jun

Psalm 80-85

Daily Reading Psalm 80-85 Daily Thought God made the nation of Israel out of a promise to Abraham, raising her and caring for her, delivering her from Egypt and planting her in a land of her own. “I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people. I am […]

28
Jun

Psalm 78-79

Daily Reading Psalm 78-79 Daily Thought “Do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ Your heavenly Father knows that you need them” (Matthew 6:31-32). Still, Israel thinks it’s a game of chance. “Can God spread a table in the wilderness? Can he also give bread […]

27
Jun

Psalm 74-77

Daily Reading Psalm 74-77 Daily Thought “I can’t sleep!” That’s what Psalm 77:1-4 says, and we’ve all been there. Something is troubling and turning over and over in Asaph’s thoughts, “You hold my eyelids open; I am so troubled I cannot speak” (Psalm 77:4). He’s focused on the problem and he can’t figure it out. […]

26
Jun

Psalm 70-73

Daily Reading Psalm 70-73 Daily Thought I’ve had on my facebook profile a picture of Charlie Brown dancing and leaping and holding hands with his dog Snoopy, and the caption reads, “What if today, we were just grateful for everything?” I’m almost halfway through the Psalms, and the recurring theme has been, “What if today, […]

25
Jun

Psalm 66-69

Daily Reading Psalm 66-69 Daily Thought ‘Walk your talk’ is an important reminder. The church is rightly accused of hypocrisy when we say one thing and do another. The book of James asks, “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? I will show you my […]

24
Jun

Psalm 58-65

Daily Reading Psalm 58-65 Daily Thought David often begins a psalm with chutzpah, an audacious honesty which almost if not oversteps the bounds of creature to Creator. “O God, break the teeth in their mouths; tear out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord!” (Psalm 58:6), he demands of God toward the wicked who […]

23
Jun

Psalm 51-57

Daily Reading Psalm 51-57 Daily Thought David displays an almost desperate desire to deal with his sin and be restored to righteousness. “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me,” he pleads. “Restore to me the joy of your salvation” (Psalm 51:10, 12). You hear in his cries […]

22
Jun

Psalm 46-50

Daily Reading Psalm 46-50 Daily Thought In Psalm 50, God says he wants everything, because he wants nothing. He wants your sacrifice, because he doesn’t need your sacrifice. This makes no sense; or it makes all the sense in the world if you understand that religion and worship are not the same thing. God calls […]

21
Jun

Psalm 40-45

Daily Reading Psalm 40-45 Daily Thought David begins the 40th Psalm, “I waited patiently for the Lord” (Psalm 40:1). That seems proper, but by the end of the psalm, David’s mood had changed, “O Lord, make haste to help me!” (Psalm 40:13). What happened to patience? The answer is in verse 12, “for evils have […]

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