A Reflection on Psalm 31

According to Luke 23:46, Jesus’s last words were “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” This prayer is from verse 6 of Psalm 31. The whole psalm could be used for a meditation on Jesus’s suffering and death on the cross. With the psalmist, Jesus could plead, “Be gracious to me, LORD, for I...

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...

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