There are Only Two Camps

Life is filled with boundaries and divisions. These are good. According to the creation account in Genesis, creating boundaries was a crucial part of how God brought order out of chaos. God first created a boundary between light and darkness. He then separated between the waters above and the waters Read more…

Incline Your Heart

In this post I wrote about the phrase, “incline your ear” as an idiom meaning “please pay attention!” I said that this frequent expression in the Psalms reminds us that it’s okay to feel desperate in the Christian life and that God expects us to call to Him for help Read more…

Incline Your Ear

The phrase “incline your ear” appears in the Bible approximately seventy-six times. As is relatively evident, it generally means “pay attention!” It appears a lot in the book of Psalms when the psalmist asks God to incline His ear to the psalmist’s complaints or request for deliverance. It’s also a Read more…

Pray

Psalm 1 (along with Psalm 2) introduces the book of Psalms as a whole. It does so by implying a comparison of the five books of the Psalms (Book 1: 1–41; Book 2: 42–72; Book 3: 73–89; Book 4: 90–107; Book 5: 107–150) with the first five books of the Read more…

Come Pray

During the season of Lent, we should be praying more. Many people are intimidated by prayer because they have never been taught how to pray. Most people know that praying means talking to God, but strangely enough, it is very seldom that people are taught how to do it. Occasionally Read more…

The Use of Power

Psalm 113 is the first psalm in a six-psalm collection called the “Egyptian Hallel” (113–118). It is tradition for Jews to recite (or sing) these six psalms around the time of Passover to commemorate the deliverance from Egyptian slavery. This explains why when Jesus was entering Jerusalem on a donkey Read more…

Want to be Happy?

Psalm 1 answers a very simple question, “How can one be happy?” (the Hebrew word translated “blessed” in most English translations in Psalm 1:1 is “asher” which means “happy”). The first thing the psalmist does in answering that question is talk about what not to do. That is, he starts Read more…