Psalm 30

This is a highly dramatic prayer of praise and thanksgiving.  The psalmist has undergone a dangerous situation—perhaps a wound or perhaps a disease.  To add insult to injury, an enemy was gloating over the psalmist’s predicament.  He recalls how dangerous it was.  He was on the brink of falling into...

Psalm 29

The psalmist praises the God of Israel as king of the universe. God is pictured in his heavenly court. He is surrounded by “sons of God” or “heavenly beings.” Some think that this is an adaptation of a hymn to the Canaanite god Baal. We might think of angels. The heavenly court praises God’s glory...

Psalm 28

The psalmist is in dire need. He fears that, without God’s help, he is doomed to die and fall into the netherworld. (At the psalmist’s time there was no clear notion of an afterlife.) Yet, he is convinced that God cares. God is his “rock.” God will hold him up in his struggles. He knows that God has...

Psalm 26

This is the prayer of a saint. He claims to be without blame. He does everything God wants him to do. He is faithful to the covenant. He acknowledges that he can take no credit for himself when he says: “[R]edeem me; be gracious to me!” As we pray this psalm, we begin to realize that the psalmist is in...

Psalm 25

The New American Bible entitles this psalm: “Confident Prayer for Forgiveness and Guidance.” Though he is a sinner and perhaps a bit worried about the sins of his youth, the psalmist relies on God’s love and willingness to forgive. He knows that the God of the covenant will always be faithful to the...

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