Psalm 69 – A Jesus Psalm Psalm 69 filled Jesus’ praying imagination as the Father led him to the cross and then afterwards it gave the disciples a vivid prophetic description of the cross. We pray Psalm 69 today as a guide to the cruciform life we are called to live in Christ. We know that the march to Zion runs through “the miry depths” and “deep waters.”
Psalm 68 – An Ascension Psalm Psalm 68 brings the symphony of praise that began in Psalm 65 to a rousing crescendo. Psalm 68 has a grip on our praying imagination because the apostle Paul used this text to explain the impact of Christ’s ascension (Ephesians 4:7-11).
The polarized American political scene in 2017 provides a unique challenge for Christians regardless of their political parties, affiliations, and ideologies, to re-examine a biblical perspective on politics. It is reasonable to conclude that living under the rule of Christ should impact the way Christians view politics and culture.
We move from the existential crisis to exuberant praise. In this beautifully crafted psalm King David delights in the grand sweep of redemption and creation. God in Zion is present to all people, offering mercy and forgiveness, stilling the raging seas, calming the nations, filling every morning and evening with his wonders.
Psalm 64 – Terrorists We have not learned from the psalmist how to talk about evil. We neglect the Psalms because we cannot bring outselves to pray the way David prayed. The Psalms sound like a foreign language emanating from a violent age that has no relationship to our own, but night after night we witness the carnage of terrorist attacks and bombings. We track the opioid addiction crisis, teenage suicides, and the inner city murder rate. We are surrounded by violence, but instead of facing the menace of evil in worship we edit the Psalms of enemy talk.