Psalm 139

1.  It’s hard to believe but it has been almost five years since I first watched Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Lance Armstrong. I’ve never followed the career of Lance Armstrong but for some reason decided to watch his sessions with Oprah. What I saw was disturbing. Arrogance, pride, narcissism, deceit, betrayal, out-of-control desire to win, bullying, disloyal, disgrace and the emotional disconn ...[Read More]

Psalm 141

I’ve read many times that Billy Graham preached with a Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other. During times like these it is tempting to choose one or the other. We can stick with Bible and ignore the world around us or we can toss out the text and preach from the newspaper. It’s especially true with Psalms, isn’t it? We can read it exclusively as David’s exchanges with God that have littl ...[Read More]

Psalm 42

1.  Some of us are prose people. We like things spelled out and clear. We want our truth to be linear and full of facts. Others of us are poetry people. We like to read in the gaps and to guess at the meaning or even make up a meaning of our own. T.S. Eliot said that “genuine poetry can communicate before it can be understood.” That’s not what a prose person would choose. Do you remember the old D ...[Read More]

Psalm 136

On the way home from DFW on Friday night I listened to the latest episode of Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast “Reconstructionist History”. The episode is titled “The King of Tears” and it is about why some music is so emotional and actually brings tears to our eyes and other music is just music with lyrics. But, as Gladwell does so well, he takes a comparison of country western lyrics with rock and roll ...[Read More]

Psalm 19

1. The beginning and ending of this psalm are some of the most quoted and familiar words in history. That’s appropriate because, in a sense, they are book-ends of our entire experience with God and Christ. In the beginning is God and his creation and in the end is our being found blameless and innocent through the sacrifice of Christ. That is the point of this whole meditation, isn’t it? The first ...[Read More]

Psalm 138 – Part Two

1.  Last week we looked at the first section of the psalm – verses 1-3. If you were here you had the privilege of hearing Sasha Vukelja’s testimony of God’s love and faithfulness and his answering when she called. You’ll agree that God did make her bold and stouthearted! 2.  This week we are going to look at the rest of the psalm and we’ll start with David’s desire to see all the kings of the eart ...[Read More]

Psalm 138

We can break the psalm into three distinct parts and this morning we are going to look at the first part of the psalm. Part 1 is verses 1-3 Part 2 is verses 4-6 Part 4 is verses 7-8 We’ll look at verses 1-3 today and then next week we will do the other two. First, let’s read the whole psalm as it is short. 1 I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; before the “gods” I will sing your praise. 2 I ...[Read More]

Psalm 1 – Part 2

1.  The instructions David gives are negative – not like the Beatitudes in the New Testament. They are warnings and, sometimes, warnings are exactly what we need even if we do not listen. I’ve thought often that David was speaking to younger men here and, in a sense, asking them questions with his statements. Statement: Don’t walk in step with the wicked. Question: Who are you walking with? What d ...[Read More]

A Tree Planted By A Stream: Psalm 1 – Part 1

I love trees – especially oak trees. I suppose that is why I chose an oak tree for the logo for both The Gathering and the Fourth Partner Foundation years ago. Everything I wanted to say about them was summed up in a tree – and especially a tree by a stream as we find it here. Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company o ...[Read More]

Psalm 112

In the local paper this morning the publisher’s column made the suggestion that we not think of New Year’s resolutions this year.  Instead, we might think about a theme for our year or a word we want to have define our lives over the next twelve months.  Here is a Psalm with a theme that would make a good example.  This is a great Psalm for beginning the year.  In fact, it’s a gr ...[Read More]