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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Psalm 9-16

Daily Reading Psalm 9-16 Daily Thought It’s supposed to be a fair system, one which puts an end to arguments. One child cuts the cake, the other chooses the first piece. It should have worked. It’s not difficult to draw a line down the middle, but neither child was looking for fair. The trick was […]


Psalm 1-8

Daily Reading Psalm 1-8 Daily Thought In front of my parents’ house grows a towering redwood, over 50 feet high. It is beautiful and strong, a majestic tree. We planted two on our front lawn when my family moved into the house in 1973. They were 8 feet high then, and over the summer we […]

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