Thirsty Thursday- Caving In Psalm 142
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Thirsty Thursday- Caving In Psalm 142

Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me. Set me free from my prison, that I may praise your name. Then the righteous will gather about me because of your goodness to me. (Psalm 142:6-7) “Caving In” Some people really like caves. I have never...

Thirsty Thursday- A Matter of Life and Death Psalm 141
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Thirsty Thursday- A Matter of Life and Death Psalm 141

I call to you, Lord, come quickly to me; hear me when I call to you. May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice. (Psalm 141:1-2) A Matter of Life and Death Everyone’s talking about the vaccine. This week President Biden addressed the nation about the ongoing...

Thirsty Thursday- Surely? Psalm 140
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Thirsty Thursday- Surely? Psalm 140

I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy. Surely the righteous will praise your name, and the upright will live in your presence. (Psalm 140:12-13)  “Surely?” What can you really be sure of in life? Maybe that question evokes a hopeful response in you—like the song that little orphan Annie sings in the musical,...

Thirsty Thursday- Search and Seizure Psalm 139
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Thirsty Thursday- Search and Seizure Psalm 139

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23-24) “Search and Seizure” This is turning out to be a big year for the 4th Amendment! That constitutional protection—the one that prohibits illegal searches and seizures—isn’t typically as...

Thirsty Thursday- Why Waste a Good Cliché? Psalm 138
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Thirsty Thursday- Why Waste a Good Cliché? Psalm 138

May all the kings of the earth praise you, Lord, when they hear what you have decreed. May they sing of the ways of the Lord, for the glory of the Lord is great. (Psalm 138:4-5) Why Waste a Good Cliché? Recently I was speaking with a friend about a brand-new worship song that we both really love. We agreed that even though there...

Thirsty Thursday- Gateway to God Psalm 137
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Thirsty Thursday- Gateway to God Psalm 137

By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion. There on the poplars we hung our harps, for there our captors asked us for songs, our tormentors demanded songs of joy; they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” How can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a foreign land? (Psalm 137:1-4) “Gateway to God”...

Thirsty Thursday- Say What? Psalm 136
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Thirsty Thursday- Say What? Psalm 136

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. (Psalm 136:1) SAY WHAT? When my oldest son Matt graduated from college, he took an internship with an NGO called Food for the Hungry and headed off to Uganda for three months. It sounded like a great opportunity to learn and serve and grow, and so...

Thirsty Thursday- Idol Hands Psalm 135
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Thirsty Thursday- Idol Hands Psalm 135

The idols of the nations are silver and gold, made by human hands. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. They have ears, but cannot hear, nor is there breath in their mouths. Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them. (Psalm 135:15-18) “Idol Hands” I remember my grandmother used to...

Thirsty Thursday- Night Shift Psalm 134
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Thirsty Thursday- Night Shift Psalm 134

Psalm 134 – A song of ascents Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who stand by night in the house of the Lord! Lift up your hands to the holy place, and bless the Lord. And may the Lord, maker of heaven and earth, bless you from Zion. “Night Shift” Being a pastor is a stressful job....

Thirsty Thursday- The Good (and Pleasant) Life Psalm 133
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Thirsty Thursday- The Good (and Pleasant) Life Psalm 133

A song of ascents. Of David. How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there...