Rest in Peace—On Both Sides (Psalm 31)

The story is told of a new employee at a florist shop who was taking an order for a funeral wreath. The customer made her request: “I want ‘Rest in Peace’ on both sides.” After a moment of thought, she added, “And, if there’s…

Choosing Faith (Psalm 28)

“To you, O LORD, I call; my rock, be not deaf to me.” That is how David opened Psalm 28. Can you relate? Do you know what it is to pour your heart to God in prayer, knowing that he has the power to…

We Have the Power (Psalm 20)

The story is told of a seasoned woodsman who was accustomed to cutting wood the traditional way with his manual handsaw. He strongly resisted advances in electrical technology to make his job easier. One day, a local hardware owner persuaded him to purchase an…

Building Confidence (Psalm 16)

Psalm 16 teaches us about building confidence. Paul quotes this psalm in Acts 13:35 as a prophecy of Jesus’ resurrection. But let us not forget that David wrote this in the context of his own trials. While God inspired David’s words in such a…

It’s What You Make of It (Psalm 13)

Have you ever asked yourself, how long? How long until God saves my spouse? How long until my health improves? How long until God gives me a job? How long until I meet the perfect partner? How long until the home pregnancy test reveals…

Sleep Well (Psalm 4)

Ancient Roman coins were frequently produced with an image of a god or the current Caesar. This currency was forbidden as trade in the Jewish temple precisely because it presented Caesar as a quasi-deity. Jews served the one, true God, and would not allow…

The Theology of the Hundred Acre Wood (Psalm 3)

In the early 1920s, A. A. Milne created one of the most enduring characters in all of children’s literature. The character, first named Mr. Edward Bear, debuted in a 1924 poem titled “Teddy Bear.” Two years later, Mr. Edward Bear reappeared in a storybook…

The most optimistic time of the year

If Christmas—“with the kids jingle belling and everyone telling you be of good cheer”—is the most wonderful time of the year, New Year’s is probably the most optimistic time of the year. It is the time of year in which, having taken some time…

Do you despise God?

Do you despise God? I imagine that most people confronted with this question would answer negatively. Relatively few would be so bold as to admit that they despise God. They may not believe in God. They may not fully submit to God. They may…