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The Hallmarks of a Blameless Life

Psalm 15 1  Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent??Who may live on your holy mountain? 2 The one whose walk is blameless,?who does what is righteous,?who speaks the truth from their heart; 3  whose tongue utters no slander,?    who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others; 4 who despises a […]

Jesus Paid it All

Whenever I hear a hymn, any hymn, I fondly remember the little church I grew up in, tucked away in the forest where my dad led the musical team that consisted of an organist and a flutist and sometimes a pianist. When I got old enough, it was a real treat when my dad would […]

Are you there Moriarty

Psalm 14   The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.   The psalm is written about a stance of ‘practical atheism’ – an approach to life where we act as if there is no God.  The world of the […]

When God Forgot

Psalm 13 This Psalm has been dubbed by many a theologian the “How Long Psalm”, due to David’s recurring use of this question. This Psalm has no particular traceable birthplace in David’s life. The Psalm addresses feeling as if God has forgotten us. It is the writer’s aim to teach us that thanksgiving in even […]

Shaken, not Stirred

Psalm 11 To the choirmaster of David. 1 In the LORD I take refuge. How then can you say to me: “Flee like a bird to your mountain. 2 For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart. 3 When […]

Does God seem distant?

Psalm 10 1  Why, Lord, do you stand far off??Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? 2  In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,?who are caught in the schemes he devises. 3  He boasts about the cravings of his heart;?he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord. 4  In his […]

Hymn: Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages, cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee; Let the water and the blood, From Thy wounded side which flowed, Be of sin the double cure, Save from wrath and make me pure. Not the labor of my hands Can fulfill Thy law’s demands; Could my zeal no respite know, Could […]

Please, Please, tell me a story

Please, please, tell me a story   Psalm 9 To the Choirmaster: According to muth-labben A Psalm of David. 1 I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. 2 I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, […]

The Song of the Astronomer

Psalm  8: The Song of the Astronomer  “This psalm is an unsurpassed example of what a hymn should be, celebrating as it does the glory and grace of God, rehearsing who he is and what he has done, and relating us and our world to him; all with a masterly economy of words, and in […]