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Psalm 116

Psalm 116

Psalm 116 – “Real trouble produces real prayer.” – Charles Spurgeon It’s a short and to the point prayer given.  God who answers prayers will answer these current being…

Psalm 115

Psalm 115

Psalm 115 – Who will get the credit when God answers your prayer? Now, that’s a thought-provoking question, isn’t it?  The Life Application Bible had this in the notes…

Psalm 114

Psalm 114

Psalm 114 – It is a story of release from captivity.  Israel were under 400 years of imprisonment to a nation that was not their own.  Through forced labor…

Psalm 113

Psalm 113

Psalm 113 – On the night of Jesus’ betrayal the scriptures tell us: “And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.” -…

Psalm 112

Psalm 112

Psalm 112 – There are many things God provides for His people who walk in obedience.  Sometimes within the tangible but mostly in the emotional and strength to do…

Psalm 111

Psalm 111

Psalm 111 – Redemption:  An act of redeeming or atoning for a fault or mistake; the state of being redeemed; deliverance, rescue; Within theology – deliverance from sin; salvation. …

Psalm 110

Psalm 110

Psalm 110 – Who was this mysterious man, Melchizedek? Well, we don’t know much.  He appears briefly in Genesis 14:17-20, here in Psalm 110, and is mentioned several times…

Psalm 109

Psalm 109

Psalm 109 – Oh God, do not remain silent. David holds righteous indignation against those who are liars and slanderers.  These are people driven by their pride and arrogance,…

Psalm 108

Psalm 108

Psalm 108 – Do you pray for rescue or victory? Right?!?!  Just think a moment on this question.  It’s quite telling as to where our mindset is when it…

Psalm 107

Psalm 107

Psalm 107 – Sometimes we get so overrun by a situation we can’t see the goodness of our God in the present.  Sometimes we are so consumed by something…

Psalm 106

Psalm 106

Psalm 106 – “They exchanged their Glory…” Let’s talk a moment about the Glory of God.  It is impossible to define. John Piper puts it this way: “The glory…

Psalm 105

Psalm 105

Psalm 105 – There are many a morning I am grateful for “God’s mercies being new every day”. I am beyond thankful for a “restart” after the previous was…

Psalm 104

Psalm 104

Psalm 104 – In beautiful form, the glory of God’s creation is reflected upon throughout this psalm.  I found myself in awe while reading of the greatness of our…

Psalm 103

Psalm 103

Psalm 103 – As the phrase goes, “You’ve made your bed, now lie in it” refers to someone who must accept the results, usually unpleasant, of something they’ve done….

Psalm 102

Psalm 102

Psalm 102 – Standing looking at the state of life there are times we sigh and groan; we weep as the hurts, the sorrow has mounted.  There is seemingly…

Psalm 101

Psalm 101

Psalm 101 – “When will You come for me?” Just let this question hover in your mind a moment. David’s prayer was to walk blamelessly before his God.  Within…

Psalm 100

Psalm 100

Psalm 100 – Many people live as though they are the Masters of their Universe.  Everything they do, everything they are, revolves around themselves.  Decisions made, a life lived;…

Psalm 99

Psalm 99

Psalm 99 – “Oh, my God!” We hear people say this phrase all the time.  I’m old enough to remember when it began slipping into television programs in the…

Psalm 98

Psalm 98

Psalm 98 – What would a new song to our eternal great God sound like? This question rambles in my thoughts as I consider my own prayers and what…

Psalm 97

Psalm 97

Psalm 97 – The holiness of God is great and vast.  When God appeared on Mount Sinai it was always marked by a thick cloud on the mountain and…

Psalm 96

Psalm 96

Psalm 96 – Let’s take a stroll down our past. Consider your journey and where you’ve come from.  Think of your family and upbringing.  Look toward those events in…

Psalm 95

Psalm 95

Psalm 95 – Crusty bread. Nothing can restore a piece or loaf of bread back to its freshness.  It seems the longer it’s exposed to the elements, the harder…

Psalm 94

Psalm 94

Psalm 94 – The act of discipline is of love.  In today’s culture, this thought has taken a backseat.  Many parents love their children deeply but do not discipline. …

Psalm 93

Psalm 93

Psalm 93 – The sound of the ocean pounds against the shore.  The undertow pulls to the deep.  The crashing of the waves is loud.  It is fearsome and…

Psalm 92

Psalm 92

Psalm 92 – Faith knows no sunsets. Once a year Americans gather together for Thanksgiving. It is a time to give thanks for the many blessings God has given…

Psalm 91

Psalm 91

Psalm 91 – God has a secret place for His own.  It is a place to live and dwell in.  It is a place where hope is found.  It…

Psalm 90

Psalm 90

Psalm 90 – It is one of the oldest psalms.  Written by Moses, the great leader of Israel, commentators believe this was written about the time of Numbers 20…

Psalm 89

Psalm 89

Psalm 89 – It is a psalm declaring the tremendous reign of David.  Through Samuel’s prophecy, God called Him to be the mightiest king on earth.  He made a…

Psalm 88

Psalm 88

Psalm 88 – Darkness presses in.  The pit of which we have fallen drives our sight above to see a flicker of light.  So far away, we cannot even…

Psalm 87

Psalm 87

Psalm 87 – The city of our God – Jerusalem is the place where God set forth His redemptive work.  He laid the foundation in ancient times of what…

Psalm 86

Psalm 86

Psalm 86 – There are moments in this life when things are so painful and distressing we are driven to God.  These pains come in many fluid circumstances resulting…

Psalm 85

Psalm 85

Psalm 85 – We praise Thee, O God! For the Son of Thy love, For Jesus Who died, And is now gone above. Hallelujah! Thine the glory. Hallelujah! Amen….

Psalm 84

Psalm 84

Psalm 84 – It is the cry from the deepest part of the soul.  A deep longing to be with our God that is unquenchable, not met any other…

Psalm 83

Psalm 83

Psalm 83 – It was a time of national crisis.  Enemies had come upon Israel and were set on their destruction.  If God remained silent or did not hold…

Psalm 82

Psalm 82

Psalm 82 – It’s a fascinating picture.  God standing before the judges and magistrates of the world.  Judges sit as they hear cases.  They preside over and rule.  But…

Psalm 81

Psalm 81

Psalm 81 – God is our deliverer despite our wanderings. It is a hymn sung at one of Israel’s many festivals.  The Psalm more than likely was sung at…

Psalm 80

Psalm 80

Psalm 80 – “All will come right if we are right. The best turn is not that of circumstances but of character. When the Lord turns his people he…

Psalm 79

Psalm 79

Psalm 79 – Sin holds consequences.  Willful choices and deliberately shutting out God’s words of instruction, doing what we want instead eventually catches up.  Sometimes it’s a question of…

Psalm 78

Psalm 78

Psalm 78 – It was the ongoing circle.  The people of Israel stated they would follow God.  Yet over and over again they turned and sinned.  They rebelled against…

Psalm 77

Psalm 77

Psalm 77 – How much longer, God?  How much more can I endure?  Words of comfort are meaningless.  We put them away as our soul refuses to listen.  The…

Psalm 76

Psalm 76

Psalm 76 – Our God is known.  He continues to reveal Himself and His works even though some deny.  His knowledge renown.  We do not worship like the ancient…

Psalm 75

Psalm 75

Psalm 75 – “Are we there yet?” asks the child in the backseat on a long drive.  Many times this is asked after the car has barely pulled out…

Psalm 74

Psalm 74

Psalm 74 – “Remember Your people Remember Your children Remember Your promise O God Your grace is enough Your grace is enough Your grace is enough for me”  -…

Psalm 73

Psalm 73

Psalm 73 – There’s a saying, “You best be careful what you wish for.”  The thought behind this phrase is a warning.  If the wish comes true, there could…

Psalm 72

Psalm 72

Psalm 72 – We live in a time and age where the vitriol of hatred spews continually across our globe.  World leadership across this world spews hate and criticism…

Psalm 71

Psalm 71

Psalm 71 – “But as for me…” – Psalm 71:14 Although this psalm is tagged anonymous, many believe it was David who wrote it.  Older in years now, he…

Psalm 70

Psalm 70

Psalm 70 – There are many things that decimate our outlook and well being.  These are what leads us to the pit of despair.  It’s that moment when a…

Psalm 69

Psalm 69

Psalm 69 – The favor of God is something we all should seek.  One of the best definitions of this is a demonstrated delight.  Simply consider what that means. …

Psalm 68

Psalm 68

Psalm 68 – We as Believers need to be confident.  Confident in our salvation.  Confident in our relationship with Jesus.  Confident in the reality God is supreme and reigns…

Psalm 67

Psalm 67

Psalm 67 – “The best saints and the worst sinners may unite in this petition.” – Charles Spurgeon These words come from a beautiful blessing Aaron gave to the…

Psalm 66

Psalm 66

Psalm 66 – The Greek Bible calls this “A Psalm of Resurrection.” It is read every Easter before the congregation. The Psalm speaks toward our need to praise our…

Psalm 65

Psalm 65

Psalm 65 – The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has published an interesting fact of nature.  The average hurricane will release the equivalent to 6 x 10 to…

Psalm 64

Psalm 64

Psalm 64 – I remember growing up that my Mom would pray for God’s protection over each of us children.  She asked for Jesus to block the enemy from…

Psalms 63

Psalm 63

Psalm 63 – Desolate.  The craggy rocks tower above.  The sun cracked sand hard like pavement.  The hot winds of the day and below…

Psalm 62

Psalm 62

Psalm 62 – The waiting room of God is something we all enter.  It’s the place where we know what we believe and know that He will act.  But…

Psalms 61

Psalm 61

Psalm 61 – We all have those times, days, weeks even when there is nothing about our life we like.  We’re in a situation where turmoil is unending.  We…

Psalms 60

Psalm 60

Psalm 60 – The sting of defeat cripples us physically, emotionally, mentally.  Sometimes it has the power to harm us spiritually as well.  When…

Psalms 59

Psalm 59

Psalm 59 – “O my Strength, I watch for You. You, O God, are my fortress, my loving God. God will go before me…” Psalm 59:9-10b NIV…

Psalm 58

Psalm 58

Psalm 58 – There is an expectation we often have that people in leadership will act and move with integrity.  This can be translated from leadership within the church,…

Psalm 57

Psalm 57

Psalm 57 – We all encounter it from time to time.  Someone speaks against us.  Sometimes these words are easily brushed off and we go on.  Other times it…

Psalms 56

Psalm 56

Psalm 56 – “Our God is greater Our God is stronger God You are higher than any other Our God is healer Awesome in power our God our…

Psalms 55

Psalm 55

Psalm 55 – Sometimes we want to run away.  Life has become a never-ending story of the same thing different day.  We wish it would end but for the…

Psalms 54

Psalm 54

Psalm 54 – “Whoever digs a pit will fall into it; if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them.” – Proverbs 26:27 The warning is clear.  There are…

Psalms 53

Psalm 53

Psalm 53 – What does the rejection of God look like? Some would point toward the atheist who has concluded there is not a God of the universe who…

Psalms 52

Psalm 52

Psalm 52 – We’ve all encountered it.  A situation or a person seemingly gets away with murder.  In fact,  this is what David wrestles through as he revisits the…

Psalms 51

Psalm 51

Psalm 51 – Psalm 51 is a beloved writing of hope for all Believers for centuries.  James Boice notes, “It was recited in full by Sir Thomas More and…

Psalms 50

Psalm 50

Psalm 50 – Our battlefields are different but they bring about the same feelings at times. We feel exhausted, weary from the ongoing things…

Psalm 49

Psalm 49

Psalm 49 – I remember the story well.  A pastor I used to serve under told of an incident at his previous church where a member was a beyond…

Psalms 48

Psalm 48

Psalm 48 – Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise. When the illness has taken a turn, the doctor’s words are not encouraging; even when…

Psalms 47

Psalm 47

Psalm 47 – Inheritance – A valuable possession that is a common heritage from nature. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) The genetic characters…

Psalm 46

Psalm 46

Psalm 46 – There is no stopping our God.  None.  Although foe has come against, darkness circles the planet in hopes of annihilating God’s…

Psalms 45

Psalm 45

Psalm 45 – Let us rejoice and be glad     and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come,     and his bride has made herself ready. 8 Fine linen, bright and…

Psalms 44

Psalm 44

Psalm 44 – War-Weary – utterly exhausted and dejected by war especially after a prolonged conflict.  (Dictionary.com) There’s a tension that hits all of us at times.  It’s that…

Psalms 43

Psalm 43

Psalm 43 – Discouragement sweeps across any of us in a moments notice.  A statement is made, a conversation had that is not what was expected, can usher it…

Psalm 42

Psalm 42

Psalm 42 – Our bodies are made up of 55 to 65 percent of water.  When an individual does not drink water to re-hydrate things can go south fast. …

Psalms 41

Psalm 41

Psalm 41 – Throughout Scripture, God speaks toward our own response to the weak, the poor, those who are hurting and those in need.  He challenges His people again…

Psalms 40

Psalm 40

Psalm 40 – “Deep inside my heart I know You’ve won I know You’ve overcome And even in the dark when I’m undone I still believe it I live…

Psalm 39

Psalm 39

Psalm 39 – There are many times when our emotions run high in a situation.  Driven by disappointment or anger we can easily lash out at others through our…

Psalms 38

Psalm 38

Psalm 38 – The effects of sin are devastating.  Beside the spiritual aspect of it bringing a wall between ourselves and God, it also plays against us emotionally, mentally…

Psalms 37

Psalm 37

Psalm 37 – We’ve all prayed prayers like this:  God, how much longer must we endure the situation that is causing so much grief and sorrow?  How much longer…

Psalms 36

Psalm 36

Psalm 36 – How would you describe a wicked person?  Would words and descriptions come of someone who takes another’s life, someone bent on another’s destruction?  A wicked person…

Psalms 35

Psalm 35

Psalm 35 – “There is nothing that can make you strong to labor for God, bold to fight against your enemies, and mighty to resist your temptations, like a…

Psalms 34

Psalm 34

Psalm 34 – Heartache is a part of life.  Disappointment racks our mind and even demeanor when things go completely south as to what they should or could have…

Psalms 33

Psalm 33

Psalm 33 – We all have plans.  They come in all shapes and sizes.  We have the instant plans, which are for today.  We have the weekly and even…

Psalms 32

Psalm 32

Psalm 32 – Confession is an admittance of wrong.  It is owning up to what we’ve done with “The Blame Game” put away.  Confession is not making excuses. With…

Psalms 31

Psalm 31

Psalm 31 – There are many of us who claim to have faith in God.  We’ve turned to Jesus at some point on our journey.  We’ve sought to seek…

Psalms 30

Psalm 30

Psalm 30 – What would it look like for us to live a life of praise?  From the moment we wake even before crawling out of bed to the…

Psalms 29

Psalm 29

Psalm 29 – The power found in nature is something to be feared and in awe of.  When tornadoes come into the Midwest, the high winds and bending trees…

Psalms 28

Psalm 28

Psalm 28 – There is a subtle difference between Psalm 28 and many of the others written.  Although it speaks much the same of God’s deliverance of a certain…

Psalms 27

Psalm 27

Psalm 27 – This is by far one of my favorite Psalms.  There is such beauty to the cries for God’s protection and deliverance from the darkness.  Despite the…

Psalms 27

Psalm 26

Psalm 26 – The testing of our faith comes in many forms all of which is allowed by God.  Times of testing are never easy and in fact, really…

Psalms 25

Psalm 25

Psalm 25 – Deceit is everywhere.  Little lies turn into big beliefs.  Words without meaning behind them mislead.  False teachings abound and we so easily latch onto something that…

Psalms 24

Psalm 24

Psalm 24 – It speaks toward the greatness of God.  Everything in creation is His.  No man can stand before the eternal Creator on his own.  Psalm 24 is…

Psalms 23

Psalm 23

Psalm 23 – God is far more interested in our being than our doing. He cares much more about our ongoing relationship with Him rather than the things we…

Psalms 22

Psalm 22

Psalm 22 – It’s one of the most heartfelt, gut wrenching prayers of David.  “Why have you forsaken me?” he asks.  Whatever the great trial he was enduring at…

Psalms 21

Psalm 21

Psalm 21 – David Guzik writes at the end of his commentary on Psalm 21:  “We will sing and praise Your power:  After the direct statement of praise, David…

Psalms 20

Psalm 20

Psalm 20 – O Lord, Answer us when we call! It’s a prayer, almost like a spontaneous one on David’s part offered before a battle.  It’s a prayer preparing…

Psalms 19

Psalm 19

Psalm 19 – There is no way to fathom the greatness of our God.  The heavens display His majesty and grandeur.  Nature sings to Him.  The beauty of who…

Psalms 18

Psalm 18

Psalm 18 – It’s one of the most beautiful songs of thanksgiving.  An almost identical poem is found in 2 Samuel 22 as David was coming to the end…

Psalms 17

Psalm 17

Psalm 17 – There is something amazing about the life of David as we read his stories and then from his own thoughts psalms he wrote.  David was human…