Tempest (Psalm 121)

Tempest (Psalm 121)

What expectations do you have of the Christian life? Are those expectations any different now than they were when you were first converted? Austin Miles’s famous hymn portrays the expectations we would like to have: I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still...
Displaced (Psalm 120)

Displaced (Psalm 120)

Psalm 120 begins a collection of fifteen psalms (120–134) known as the Songs of Ascent. There are many different theories as to the purpose of this collection. Perhaps most popularly, it is thought that these fifteen songs were sung by pilgrims as they ascended the...
Loving God’s Law (Psalm 119)

Loving God’s Law (Psalm 119)

Evangelicals are Christians who, among other things, hold a high view of Scripture. Rightly so. In his popular systematic theology, after addressing the canon of Scripture, Wayne Grudem writes of “the four characteristics of Scripture.” These characteristics are...
Thanksliving (Psalm 118)

Thanksliving (Psalm 118)

Psalm 118 opens and closes with an identical exhortation: “Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever” (vv. 1, 29). This dual exhortation to gratitude brackets everything else said in the psalm. It is a psalm in which the writer...
Unassailable Covenant Loyalty (Psalm 117)

Unassailable Covenant Loyalty (Psalm 117)

If you have stayed at all current with world affairs in recent years, you’ll know that there is a lot of pessimism concerning the fate of the church. Doomsayers in the United States were predicting the virtual collapse of Christianity in the wake of Donald Trump’s...