Psalm 94: Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly…

Today's Summer in the Psalms passage is Psalm 94. You can read Psalm 94 here. Like other psalms this week, Psalm 94 communicates the sense that the wicked are triumphing and the unjust treatment of the helpless is unending. If God is the one who made eyes and ears,...

Psalm 80: Shining Face of Blessing

Today's Summer in the Psalms passage is Psalm 80. You can read Psalm 80 here. There’s something about repetition that is soothing to me. I definitely choose to live my life in a rhythm of every morning NPR, scrambled eggs, coffee, and journal. As a kid, every night my...

Psalm 44 (Part 2): Hang on Tight

Today's reading is verses 17-26 of Psalm 44, which you can read here. If you missed yesterday's devotional (Psalm 44 part 1), you can find that here. Yesterday we talked about finding the honesty - together as a community - to say things to God like, "it feels like...

Psalm 44 (part 1): Honest to God

Psalm 44 is categorized as a corporate lament - it is an expression of grief or anger, written to be expressed by a community, an assembly, a people. I feel very free to express my grief and questions to God on my own, but I see an honesty in the Lament Psalms (this...

Psalm 12: I don’t lament well

You can read Psalm 12 here. To a good degree I struggle with lament psalms, but I’ve determined that they are good for me.  I need to read them.  So much of my life is insulated from suffering. I recognize that many things have happened in the last few weeks in our...

Psalm 145: Tell the story…

Today's Summer in the Psalms passage is Psalm 145. You can read Psalm 145 here. Have you ever had a really meaningful experience with God?  It doesn’t have to be something “big” according to human standards.  It could have been something as regular as reading a verse...

Psalm 111: Delighting in God’s Works

Today's Summer in the Psalms passage is Psalm 111. You can read Psalm 111 here. Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them. (Psalm 111:2 ESV) When was the last time something captivated you? And I’m not talking about Pokemon Go. Truly, when...

Psalm 34: Come and magnify the Lord with me!

Today's Psalm is 34, which you can read here. There are many times when I wish I knew other languages. Think of how cool it would be to talk to anyone in their own language! To never lose anything in translation. If you’ve ever studied a language, you know that...

Psalm 25: New Living

The opening lines of Psalm 25 sound to me like repentance. A changing of mind. Sometimes when I think of the word repentance I feel like it has a negative connotation. When I have thought of repentance in the past I always think about what I am doing wrong. How poorly...

Psalm 10: Don’t just stand there, God! Do Something!

Today we start our week in the Acrostic Psalms. Each of these Psalms is written as a poem, each line beginning with the next letter in the Hebrew alphabet. Thematically, our Psalms this week will be across the board - lament, praise, confession. Today's Psalm is Psalm...

Psalm 144: From a high castle

Click here to read today's Intercession Psalm, Psalm 144.  Blessed be God, my mountain, who trains me to fight fair and well. He’s the bedrock on which I stand,  the castle in which I live, my rescuing knight, The high crag where I run for dear life, while he lays my...

Psalm 132: In God’s Way and in God’s Time

There are so many things that I have wanted to have on my time and by my expectations.  There are also things that I honestly feel like I deserve because of decisions or promises that I’ve made to God.  Isn’t it interesting that even the “man after God’s own heart,”...

Psalm 122: A Prayer for Peace

You can read today's Intercession Psalm here.  Imagine you are one of the children of Israel, in the generations after exile. You were born of a people covenanted to Yahweh God, married to the Most High. Your ancestors followed Yahweh out of Egypt, through the...

Psalm 67: God Bless America?

Our Intercession Psalm today is Psalm 67, which you can read here. God be gracious to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us - Selah. What is blessing?  What do I mean when I say something or someone blessed me or that I am blessed?  This word is used so...

Psalm 20: Save, O Lord!

This week we'll be reading and praying along with Intercession Psalms, starting with Psalm 20, which you can read here. There’s been so much heartbreaking news lately. Hashtags popping up every morning, lives being lost. It feels like nothing will put an end to the...

Psalm 135: Praise the Lord!

Psalm 135 reads like an epic spoken word, with growing passion and even some well-timed background music. I can just hear it. As the psalmist sings through the litany of the greatness of our God, the intensity and fervor grow until the joyous, repetitious shout at the...