LOVERS IN THE WILDERNESS

PSALM 63 – 7/15/21 A psalm of David when he was in the wilderness. Are you in a wilderness? Perhaps an emotional wilderness or a financial wilderness; a relationship wilderness, a health wilderness, or a moral wilderness. Have you a calling, a promise – and it is delayed? Are you at your wits end? YouContinue reading “LOVERS IN THE WILDERNESS”

EVERY FOOL WILL BE MEDDLING

PROVERBS 20:1-15 – 7/14/21 3 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling. 5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out. 15 There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips ofContinue reading “EVERY FOOL WILL BE MEDDLING”

SOUL-WHISPERER

PSALM 62 – 7/13/21 Can you imagine a famous song being written for you? This magnificent psalm was written for Jeduthun.  Who was he? He was a Levite and the leader of one of 3 temple choirs. He is named at the beginning of psalms 39, 62, and 77 and is either the composer, theContinue reading “SOUL-WHISPERER”

THE WISDOM OF DISCIPLINE

Keeping commands preserves life: Defiance is a sure trait of trouble in the making. If you have a defiant child, your heart aches not only from their wanton disrespect and disobedience, but even more because you know for a fact that things will not go well for them. Rules seem to stifle and inhibit us,Continue reading “THE WISDOM OF DISCIPLINE”

THE FIRE SWAMP OF PERPETUAL MISERY

PSALMS 58 – 7/1/21 David seems to have entered the Princess Bride’s bog of perpetual misery in this section of the Psalms. It is easy for one who is at a peaceful place in life to say that these psalms are melding together. When one is in the crosshairs of an enemy, however, to himContinue reading “THE FIRE SWAMP OF PERPETUAL MISERY”

YOUR TWO-STORY EXISTENCE

PSALM 57 – 6/29/21 In Frank McCourt’s riveting book Angela’s Ashes, he describes his squalid childhood in Ireland. At least one child was born to his poor Catholic parents every year for years without end – their house crawled with sickly, hungry, hollow-eyed children. At one point they dwelt in a two-story rental. Every miserableContinue reading “YOUR TWO-STORY EXISTENCE”

On Human Relations

PROVERBS 17:5 “He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.”  We all love it when Karma does her work. ( as formerly blogged on https://tribalminded.com/2021/02/24/gloating-karma-is-a-bitch.) We love the concept that what goes around comes around. Rare is the person who would not chuckle at theirContinue reading “On Human Relations”

WHENEVER I AM AFRAID…

I will trust in you. A mediation on Psalm 56 We last left David wishing that he had the wing of a dove so he could flee to the wilderness and find rest. You know you are hard up when your desire is to flee to a desert for refuge! Here we meet him singingContinue reading “WHENEVER I AM AFRAID…”

NEED MAKES THE OLD WIFE TROT

5 Problems with Misunderstanding the Work-Eat Relationship “The person who labors, labors for himself, for his hungry mouth drives him on,” Pr. 16:26 NKJV God has intricately connected two basic concepts: working and eating. We know that when God sets up a principle, the enemy sets up a perversion. Most perversions are insidious. The oneContinue reading “NEED MAKES THE OLD WIFE TROT”

UNDER ATTACK (Part 1)

PSALM 55:1-11 – 6/21/21 “Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication. Attend unto me, and hear me,” vs. 1 and 2a. Worse than any dread and distress David faces, is the thought that God would abandon him. So right off the bat David entreats God three times. “DoContinue reading “UNDER ATTACK (Part 1)”