First Glance: Psalm 130

“Out of the depths, I cry to you, O Lord, Lord, hear my voice.” (Psalm 130:1) While ‘First Glance’ is usually the place where we briefly reflect on the bible passage for the upcoming week, I thought we’d do something a little different this week. Psalm 130 is a fantastic and deep psalm, but also…

First Glance: Psalm 122

  Jerusalem—built as a city     that is bound firmly together. To it the tribes go up,     the tribes of the Lord, as was decreed for Israel,     to give thanks to the name of the Lord. (Psalm 122:3-4) A few weeks ago we had the unique opportunity to walk on the temple mount. The tension was high. Armed…

First Glance: Psalm 113

Who is like the Lord our God, who sits on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap. (Ps 113:5-7) Sometimes a prayer comes at just the right time. God takes all our feeble plans and hopes,…

First Glance: Psalm 102

“For I eat ashes like bread, and mingle tears with my drink, because of your indignation and anger; for you have lifted me up and thrown me aside. My days are like an evening shadow; I wither away like grass. But you, O Lord, are enthroned forever; Your name endures to all generations.” (Ps. 102:9-12)…

First Glance: Psalm 51

  to the leader. A psalm of David, when the prophet Nathan came to him, after he had gone into Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, According to your steadfast love. According to you abundant mercy, Blot out my transgressions.” (Ps. 51:1) Every prayer has a story. Whether it’s the simple cry, “Help!”, a…

First Glance: Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. (Ps 23) Before meeting my wife, I knew nothing about farming. I’d never ridden or driven a tractor, picked stones, baled hay, or ‘done chores.’ I didn’t feel deprived, by any means, but once I experienced some of…

First Glance – Psalm 16

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;     you hold my lot. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;     I have a goodly heritage.  (Psalm 16:5-6) Stephen and I recently came back from a trip to the land of Israel. There we learned about naḥala — your piece of land that God entrusts to you.…