Psalm 108-110: Deliverance and the Messiah.

October 7, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 108-110. Background: Psalm 105-107. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 108 Deliverance over the foe: This psalm is ascribed to David and deals with the Lord’s power and loyalty to bring His people out victorious over their enemies. This psalm seems to be a combination of two other psalms of David,…

Psalm 102-104: On praising the Lord.

September 30, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 105-107. Background: Psalm 102-104. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 105 Praising the Lord through history: This is a psalm of praise to the Lord, telling of His mighty works. The audience is are called to worship Him in the first stanza and sing of His works, that they might be known amongst…

Psalm 102-104: Bless the Lord, O my soul.

September 23, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 102-104. Background: Psalm 99-101. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 102 A cry of the afflicted: This psalm is a prayer of the afflicted who is pouring out his troubles and complaint before the Lord. The psalmist diligently seeks the audience of the Lord in the first stanza and asks for…

Psalm 99-101: The Lord is holy.

September 16, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 99-101. Background: Psalm 96-98. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 99 The Lord our God is Holy: This is a psalm of praise and identification of the Lord in His holiness. The psalm opens with the reigning Lord, in glorious power, causing the whole earth to quake. Peoples of all nations are…

Psalm 90-92: Refuge.

August 26, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 90-92. Background: Psalm 87-89. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 90 Numbering our days: This psalm, a prayer of Moses, compares our finite nature with the infinite nature of God, juxtaposing our short time with the everlasting. God is eternal, enthroned in the heavens, and has been the dwelling place for…

Psalm 84-86: Talking to God.

August 11, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 84-86. Background: Psalm 81-83. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 84 The dwelling place of the Lord: This psalm is a psalm of the sons of Korah and addresses the lovely dwelling place of the Lord. The psalmist’s soul longs to be in the Lord’s dwelling place, in the court of…

Psalm 81-83: God and His people.

July 15, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 81-83. Background: Psalm 78-80. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 81 “Oh that My people would listen to Me”: After the opening stanza as a call for the people of God to sing and praise the Lord, the rest of this psalm is written from the perspective of God admonishing His…

Psalm 75-77: Fear the Lord.

July 1, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 75-77. Background: Psalm 72-74. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 75 Praise for His works: This psalm is a song of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord, positioning Him above all the inhabitants of the earth. After the opening that details what the song is about, the psalm turns to the…

Psalm 72-74: Speaking to the Lord.

June 24, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 72-74. Background: Psalm 69-71. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 72 Justice for the king: This psalm which is attributed to Solomon (the final verse of this chapter is likely in reference to the ending of the second book of the psalms, which houses many of David’s psalms) is one that…

Psalm 69-71: Cries of despair and praise.

June 17, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 69-71. Background: Psalm 66-68. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 69 “Save me, O God!”: This psalm attributed to David is a cry of despair to the Lord when he was being afflicted by enemies that seemed to surround him at all times. The psalm itself could be split into three…

Psalm 45-47: The King.

April 22, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 45-47. Background: Psalm 42-44. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 45 A love song to the King: The 45th psalm is self named as a love song to the king, who tradition would tell us was king Solomon. However, this psalm has a much deeper and greater purpose nested within it than to simply…

Psalm 42-44: Feeling abandoned.

April 15, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 42-44. Background: Psalm 39-41. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 42 A soul that thirsts for God: The psalmist here brings the imagery of a wild deer panting for water to describe his soul’s desire for the Lord, the presence of the Almighty. The psalmist is thirst for the living God, a…