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...

Psalm 24

The psalmist looks at the temple and sees it as a symbol of the world with all its people in all its beauty, floating on the seas and rivers. Who is allowed to enter this holy place? Only those who are faithful worshipers of the Lord, who seek the face of God, and refuse to worship idols. To “seek the face...

Psalm 23

Psalm 23 is easily the most widely used psalm in the Christian world. Individuals love it. The liturgy uses it frequently. When we hear, “The lord is my shepherd,” we know we are in God’s good hands. There are two main images. One is the shepherd. The other is the host providing a delicious banquet....

Psalm 22

This is one of the most powerful psalms. A just man has suffered one catastrophe after another. Enemies hem him in on every side. He endures terrific physical and emotional pain. He cries out, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” But the psalmist does not despair. He recalls how God is the Holy...

Psalm 21

As we saw, Psalm 20 is a prayer for the king going into battle.  Psalm 21 is a thanksgiving for his God-given victory.  It also assures him that he will always be victorious. God is always with him. His enemies don’t have a chance. These psalms fit into the Old Testament background of God’s promises...

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