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...

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...

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