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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 […]

20
Jun

Psalm 36-39

Daily Reading Psalm 36-39 Daily Thought The serpent spoke to Eve, “Did God actually say…” (Genesis 3:1). Nothing has changed; “transgression speaks to the wicked deep in his heart” (Psalm 36:1). Sin still talks to us. Made in God’s image, we must be deceived to sin. “You will not surely die,” said the serpent. “You […]

19
Jun

Psalm 32-35

Daily Reading Psalm 32-35 Daily Thought Dogs protect their homes. Annoying barking dogs. King David thought he got away with it, and he almost did. Psalm 32 is David’s inside thoughts about the events of 2Samuel 11 and 12. The story begins, “In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to […]

18
Jun

Psalm 26-31

Daily Reading Psalm 26-31 Daily Thought The Shema is the centerpiece of the Hebrew prayer life. Shema means “Hear,” and it is the first word of Deuteronomy 6:4, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one,” a prayer many Jews utter twice daily, their first words in the morning and final words […]

17
Jun

Psalm 21-25

Daily Reading Psalm 21-25 Daily Thought Something broke at my parent’s house and I needed some tools so I went to my dad’s workbench in the garage. I easily found the hammer because it was hanging in the same spot it has hung for forty years. One hammer. I thought of my tool chest where […]

16
Jun

Psalm 17-20

Daily Reading Psalm 17-20 Daily Thought “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork” (Psalm 19:1). When the Pharisees asked Jesus to silence his followers, Jesus replied, “If these were silent, the very stones would cry out” (Luke 19:40). Nature cannot help itself. “Their voice goes out through all […]

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