Psalm 49

Hear this, all peoples!    Give ear, all inhabitants of the world,2 both low and high,    rich and poor together!3 My mouth shall speak wisdom;    the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.4 I will incline my ear to a proverb;    I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre. 5 Why should I fear in times of trouble,    when the iniquity of those who cheat me […]

Psalm 7

O Lord my God, in you do I take refuge;    save me from all my pursuers and deliver me,2 lest like a lion they tear my soul apart,    rending it in pieces, with none to deliver. 3 O Lord my God, if I have done this,    if there is wrong in my hands,4 if I have repaid my friend with evil    or plundered my enemy without cause,5 let the enemy pursue my soul and […]

30 Psalms 30 Days Challenge

A great goal is to take one psalm each day over a thirty day period. Repeat this sequence 12 times over a year and you will you may be able to recite all 30 psalms, either portions of or in their entirety. Day 1 take one psalm from Psalms 1-5 Day 2 take one psalm […]

Psalm 45

My heart overflows with a pleasing theme;    I address my verses to the king;    my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe. 2 You are the most handsome of the sons of men;    grace is poured upon your lips;    therefore God has blessed you forever.3 Gird your sword on your thigh, O mighty one,    in your splendor and majesty! 4 In your majesty ride out victoriously    for the […]

Psalm 14

A visit to Kentwell Hall in Suffolk inspired hanging this psalm on a Tudor room/garden sequence. The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”    They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds;    there is none who does good. 2 The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man,    to see if there are any who understand    who seek after God. 3 They have all […]

Psalm 3

O Lord, how many are my foes!    Many are rising against me;2 many are saying of my soul,    “There is no salvation for him in God.” 3 But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,    my glory, and the lifter of my head.4 I cried aloud to the Lord,    and he answered me from his holy hill.  5 I lay down and slept;    I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.6 I will not be afraid of many thousands […]

Psalm 126

Consider seeing this poem in two major sections. Verses 1-3 could be a dream (night). Verses 4-6 are set in the Prairies on a golden day. SECTION 1 vs 1-3 ( night ) Note a few structural points – count off : 1 when, 2 then, 3 then, 4 the, 5 the on one hands […]