Psalm 73 – The Arc of Devotion Asaph finds himself in a deep dilemma – a full blown crisis of faith.
Psalm 8 – Mere Mortals At the heart of this hymn of praise is a question, “Why do you bother with us? Why take a second look our way?” David asks and answers this critical question in an unusual way. Instead of lecturing us, he worships God.
The most telling line in Psalm 8 may be verse 2: “From the lips of children you have ordained praise to silence the foe and the avenger.” God has chosen to defend his majesty and glory through young children, infants and toddlers, pre-schoolers and first graders!
Psalm 1 – The Jesus Way – Advent Psalm 1 and 2 serve as the preface for the Book of Psalms. Psalm 1 places human flourishing in tension with human depravity. Psalm 2 places human rebellion in tension with divine sovereignty. Both psalms are messianic, the first implicitly and the second explicitly.
Psalm 51 – When it comes to repentance and forgiveness Psalm 51 is The Psalm of all Psalms. Through the centuries there has been little debate regarding Psalm 51 as a necessary soul-carving tool for forgiveness and renewal. Human flourishing depends on it.
The Psalms remind me of the ocean. Walking along the sandy beach, observing the surf and taking in its beauty is one thing, but surfing the waves, contending with rip currents, and being thrown against the rocks is an altogether different experience. We can walk along the edge of the Psalms and remark on their beauty or we can plunge into their depth.