Psalm 88: A Paraphrase

This Sunday I’m preaching from Psalm 88. Eugene Peterson’s The Message paraphrase of that chapter inspired me to take a deeper look and draw out some of the obscurities of this ancient Hebrew song. Here is my best Petersonian effort at my own paraphrase. Psalm 88 O Yahweh, you are my savior;    All day and night I’m praying to you. Please listen to me;    Don’t plug your ears! My life is a wreck,    And I’m standing in my grave. I might as well be in hell;    I am weak and helpless, like one freed to play on a dead-man’s playground, … Continue reading Psalm 88: A Paraphrase

Psalm 145 and Jesus

Psalm 145 is a celebration of the greatness of God.  In verses 1-3, David proclaims that he will bless God and worship him and praise him. Even though David proclaims that God is great, he can only know it partially for “his greatness is unsearchable” (v. 3).  In verses 4-7, David says that generations to come will praise God for his being and works. David himself will meditate on this and declare God’s greatness.  In verses 8-9, David interjects to give us a picture of what God is like. He is merciful, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love, and … Continue reading Psalm 145 and Jesus

Psalm 146 and Jesus

Notes from my morning worship in the Word The Bible calls us to sing praises to “the LORD,” Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and nothing else. The Bible calls us to worship and trust him, and him alone. To trust in princes (v. 3) is wrong. “Princes” here literally means “nobles.” That is, do not trust in those with a lot of money, status, fame, etc. Do not trust them because they cannot give you salvation. Do not trust a noble because his breath (Hb. ruach: “spirit”) will leave his body, just like yours, and everything he … Continue reading Psalm 146 and Jesus

Trust in God, Get to Sleep

It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. (Psalm 127:2) We must always live in faith that God is the one working in and through us (Phil. 2:13). He is the one who makes things tick. We are not ultimate. He is ultimate. We still must build and stay awake and work hard and plan and prepare. But we must not do it anxiously.  We must learn to rest in the LORD, and trust his sovereign work in our lives, for … Continue reading Trust in God, Get to Sleep

Gospel-Centered Devotions

Series Index 1. Every Text a Road to Christ 2. Setting Up a Devotional Time 3. The Gospel in All of Life 4. How Not to Read the Bible 5. Hear the Music, Don’t Learn the Steps 6. Jesus: God’s Word Made Flesh 7. Getting to Christ in the Old Testament 8. Christ and Him Crucified 9. Faith and Repentance 10. Post Script: ‘Gospel-Centered’ Is Not Just a Fad Introduction to a 10 part series. View series intro and index. Do you ever sit down to have a “devotional time” with God and wonder, “What the heck do I do?”  Ever flipped through Bible pages to see … Continue reading Gospel-Centered Devotions

Psalm 96 and Jesus

I don’t often share my journal entries from my times in the word, but I am compelled to today. Here are my thoughts/notes on Psalm 96. This Psalm is a celebration and proclamation of how great God is.  He is worthy to be sang to and worshiped and praised and adored.  The Israelites–and we–are told to sing three times in the first 2 verses and we are told to declare his glory and works among the nations and peoples.  Why do we sing and declare? For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods (v. 4).  All other gods are idols but the … Continue reading Psalm 96 and Jesus