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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 […]

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 […]

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