The Cost of Death (Psalm 116)

The Cost of Death (Psalm 116)

Psalm 116 contains one of the most frequently cited verses in the entire collection of psalms when it comes to Christian reflection on death: “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints” (v. 15). We find this verse often cited at the news of a...
You Become What You Worship (Psalm 115)

You Become What You Worship (Psalm 115)

Human beings were made to reflect their Creator. Genesis 1:26 tells us that God created humans “in his image.” Humans were created as icons of God and are, by nature, reflective. By virtue of creation, we reflect what we worship. Ever since sin entered the world,...
All Things New (Psalm 114)

All Things New (Psalm 114)

I said yesterday that Psalms 113–118 form a collection known as the Hallel Psalms. These are psalms of praise that were sung by Jewish travellers as they made their way to the temple in Jerusalem for the prescribed feasts. They are known as the Egyptian Hallel because...
Nothing Too Great, No One Too Small (Psalm 113)

Nothing Too Great, No One Too Small (Psalm 113)

A little over a decade ago, Paul Froese and Christopher Bader published a book titled America’s Four Gods: What We Say About God—and What That Says About Us. The book reported the findings of a 2005 survey of religious views, which suggested that religious people...
Those Who Fear the Lord (Psalm 112)

Those Who Fear the Lord (Psalm 112)

Biblical scholars universally recognise Psalm 112 as the second of a pair, with the previous psalm being the first. Both psalms open with “Praise the LORD!” (v. 1). Both are written in Hebrew acrostic, with each line beginning with the subsequent letter of the Hebrew...