At birth, all of us are launched into the dangerous labyrinth of the world where tragic things can and often happen. Look no further than the Ukraine presently. Psalm 4:8 Therefore, we crave safety and security. King David reminds us of the only place where true safety exists. It is in the presence of the … Continue reading Craving Security
Some of you have asked recently about how to access online my dissertation I wrote on Recovering One of the Lost Tools of Christianity Spirituality: Praying the Psalms It can be downloaded by clicking on the above link. Chapters one and eight are the chapters most frequently downloaded.
Psalm 129 Psalm 129 is one of the Psalms of Ascent. It is a very fitting Psalm for Good Friday. Suffering is one notable feature of our journey of faith that we’d rather not talk about and certainly not experience. In fact, many religions say that it’s an illusion. Even for many who profess faith … Continue reading A Psalm for Good Friday – The One Whose Back is Plowed
Here's a brief outline with a few questions that I put together as a resource for our young parents. Click on the link below that contains a pdf file on: Commending What We Cherish - Psalm 145
The most perilous moment in a relay race centers on the exchange of the baton from one runner to the next. This fitting metaphor perfectly describes parenting our children. For a Christian parent, there is nothing more important than passing the baton of faith and teaching our children the praiseworthy works and powerful word of … Continue reading Family Discipleship – Passing the Baton of Faith
In the seventeenth century Paul Gerhardt and his family had to flee Berlin because of his convictions. As they fled, they stopped at an inn and tried to understand why God was allowing this to happen to them. Gerhardt's wife was especially concerned about what might lie ahead for their young children. Gerhardt read Psalm … Continue reading Give to the Winds Your Fears
Psalm 137 is a notable imprecatory psalm. It reads like this: 1 By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down, yea, we wept When we remembered Zion. 2 We hung our harps Upon the willows in the midst of it. 3 For there those who carried us away captive asked of us a song, … Continue reading Praying an Imprecatory Psalm as the 10th anniversary of 9/11 Approaches
A prayer based upon my Psalm reading that I prayed the day after Hurricane Katrina. May the Lord do the same for us in Tuscaloosa. Heavenly Father, Psalm 140:7-8 says: O LORD, my Lord, the strength of my salvation, you have covered my head in the day of battle. Grant not, O LORD, the desires … Continue reading A Psalm Prayer – Hurricane Katrina and Tuscaloosa Tornado