Psalm 34

The psalmist is aware of others who are present.  Perhaps he is in the temple area.  He thanks and praises God. Then he turns to his fellow worshipers and instructs them about the need to fear God and depend on God throughout life.  He tells them, “Look to God that you may be radiant with joy.” The...

Psalm 34

The psalmist is aware of others who are present.  Perhaps he is in the temple area.  He thanks and praises God. Then he turns to his fellow worshipers and instructs them about the need to fear God and depend on God throughout life.  He tells them, “Look to God that you may be radiant with joy.” The...

Psalm 33

The psalmist lets out all the stops in his song of praise.  He calls for joy, musical instruments, a new song.  He is excited at the power of God’s word.  He marvels at God’s love for justice and truth.  “God fills the earth with his goodness.”  He is overwhelmed by the beauty and magnificence...

Psalm 32

This is one of the penitential psalms.  It speaks of sin, guilt, the miserable state of sinners.  But it also thanks God for the gift of forgiveness. The prayer begins with the word “happy” or “blessed.”  Both translations are found.  “Happy” indicates good fortune and joy.  “Blessed”...

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...

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