Category Archives: Psalms

Let the ga’al of Yahweh say so

Psalm 107 draws our attention to the kinsman redeemer (Let the redeemed of Yahweh say so). The gä·al’ takes us back to the ransoming of Ruth. Ruth (bridal) rejoices in her deliverance, and so Israel (bridal) gives thanks to God. Advertisements

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God’s Mercy Endures Forever (Psalm 107)

St. Augustine observes that the psalmist can only speak of mercy/love enduring forever and it cannot be time bound “since for this purpose His present mercy is over men, that they may live with the Angels for ever.”

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Lenten Sermon: Psalm 19: Creation, Law, and Forgiveness

People of God, as we consider the world around us as Christians, one of the central distinctions we must keep in mind is the Creator/Creature distinction.[1] If we confuse this distinction we will enter into a very dangerous world. Though we … Continue reading

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Saturday Psalter, Psalm 19 (Genevan)

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Psalm 19, Brief Observations

This psalm contains a three-fold theme. Creation, the law, and forgiveness serve as testimonies to the glory of God. Creation does not serve as an equal manifestation to the Law-Word, but rather in submission to the Word of the Lord, … Continue reading

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Second Sunday in Lent: Psalm 22:23-31

People of God, we will be journeying this Lenten Season through the Psalter. And this morning we come to Psalm 22. This is a psalm generally associated with the crucifixion of our Lord. The words of David in verse one … Continue reading

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Saturday Psalter, Genevan: Psalm 14

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First Sunday in Lent: Psalm 25, David’s Distress and Deliverance

People of God, this is the first Sunday in Lent. And as we enter into this season we will take a look at Psalm 25. In fact, if you plan on meditating on a biblical book this Lenten Season, I … Continue reading

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Saturday Psalter: Genevan, Psalm 7

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Lent as Psalmic Restructure

The season of Lent is upon us. While most of the world does not honor or follow the Lenten Season, I believe the principles of Lent can be followed by all. All Christians need a re-structuring of order in their … Continue reading

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Psalm 51 with tune by Thomas Tallis

Thanks to CREC pastor, Brian Penney

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Saturday Psalter, Genevan Psalm 2

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Psalm 1, Genevan Psalter

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Saturday Psalter: Psalm 19, Genevan

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Saturday Psalter: Genevan Psalm 1

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Saturday Psalter: Psalm 138

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Saturday Psalter: Genevan Psalm Two

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St. Athanasius on the Psalms

St. Athanasius on the Psalms: So then, my son, let whoever reads this Book of Psalms take the things in it quite simply as God-inspired; and let each select from it, as from the fruits of a garden, those things … Continue reading

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Judges and Laughter

Judges is a story of laughter, because history is God’s big laugh. In Psalm 2 we remember that Yahweh laughs at the plans of the wicked. For some of you who are cable-news driven; who love to be aware of … Continue reading

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More Thoughts on Psalm 8:3

One of the points of Psalm 8 is that even the smallest, weak, and frail of God’s covenant is sufficient to undo the unfaithfulness and the faithless ones in Israel. Jesus picks up on the same theme in the Gospels … Continue reading

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The Duty of Worship

The Psalmist says that from Zion He sends forth the mighty scepter.[1] The culmination of the gospel is the worship in Zion. Zion is the Church. If the rod of Christ’s strength comes out of Zion, then Zion, the Church, … Continue reading

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Saturday Psalter, Genevan Psalm 4

My project continues. Here is a recording of Psalm 4 from the Genevan Psalter. John Calvin says concerning Psalm 4: After David in the beginning of the psalm has prayed to God to help him, he immediately turns his discourse … Continue reading

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Saturday Psalter: Psalm 23, Sons of Korah

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Psalm 115; Not Unto Us; Brian Penney

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Saturday Psalter, Psalm 3, Genevan Psalter

Continuing my project to record all 150 Genevan Psalms, here is Psalm 3. The music sheet can be found here. As always, I am grateful to my friend Michael Owens who has done an enormous work on the Genevan Psalter. … Continue reading

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Psalm-Prayer for Easter

Lord, rise up and come to our aid; with your strong arm lead us to freedom, as you mightily delivered our forefathers. Since you are the king who knows the secrets of our hearts, fill them with the light of … Continue reading

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Saturday Psalter, Psalm 2, Genevan Psalter

Continuing my project to record all 150 Genevan Psalms, here is Psalm 2. Here is Psalm 1.

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Praise as a Perpetual Psalm

I found this gem in Spurgeon: This submission to law is praise. Obedience is homage; order is harmony. In this respect the praise rendered to Jehovah from the “bodies celestial” is absolutely perfect. His almighty power upholds all things in … Continue reading

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Psalmic Maturation

It appears that if the Psalms are maturation hymns: from persecution (Ps. 2) to doxology (146-150), then the darkness of lament becomes the new day of the resurrection. The latter psalms begin and end in doxology–an indication that the whole … Continue reading

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The Music of Psalm 148

Psalm 148 provides the musical chords to the creation account. From the first halleluiah to the last halleluiah there are no minor chords; only major chords. The choir never slows the pace.

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