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Praying for Our Enemies- Psalm 109

Written by Heather Zempel | November 19, 2010 |

In Matthew 5:44, Jesus exhorts us to pray for our enemies. But I’m not sure that Psalm 109 is the kind of prayer he had in mind. Will Johnston and I had a little laugh about that the other day. If the Psalms give us a template for prayer for our enemies, we are going to be praying some pretty harsh stuff.

I don’t know who David’s enemy was here, …

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His Steadfast Love Abounds

Written by Will Johnston | November 16, 2010 | Psalms 101 - 104

A reflection on Psalm 103:

Bless the Lord
    from the depths of my soul
Bless the Lord

The whole earth is full of His glory
Every good gift falls down
    from the Father of Lights
His steadfast love abounds

He:
    forgives every wrong
    heals every disease
    pays our infinite debt
His steadfast love abounds

He works justice …

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“Let the earth rejoice!”

Written by Juliet Main | November 15, 2010 | Psalms 97 - 100

Psalms 97-100 are Psalms of praise and declaration where the authors speak of God being our conqueror, righteous and just (Ps 97), sing of God’s joy and victory (Ps 98), praise God for His fairness and holiness (Ps 99) and invite the reader to enter with joy into God’s presence, declaring God’s faithfulness extends to our generation and beyond. (Ps 100).  Throughout these Psalms are beautiful pictures of the earth, …

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God Reigns

Written by Sarah Magallanes | November 14, 2010 | Psalms 93 - 96

Dios Reina
Dios Reina
Por siempre y siempre
Dios Reina…

I just came home from church service at the GALA Theater in Columbia Heights and this song is joyously stuck in my head and in my spirit. Beginning last month, GALA has initiated bilingual services (English and Spanish) every second Sunday. The song above is the chorus of the Spanish version of “God, You Reign.”  …

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Maskil for Life

Written by Sarah Magallanes | November 13, 2010 | Psalms 89 - 92

Though the Psalms are works of poetry and written as lyrics for song, the Psalms are also sources of learning. Almost like a screenplay for our individual journeys, each Psalm offers lament, praise, adoration, reaffirmation, and teaching. That is what Psalm 89 is intended to be. Described as a “maskil,” Psalm 89 is musical in nature but one that is meant to teach us something. Written by Ethan the Ezrahite …

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Love Your Enemies, Pray for Those who Persecute You

Written by Will Johnston | November 12, 2010 | Psalms 82 - 85

O my God, make them like whirling dust,
     like chaff before the wind.
As fire consumes the forest,
     as the flame sets the mountains ablaze,
so may you pursue them with your tempest
     and terrify them with your hurricane!
Fill their faces with shame,
     that they may seek your name, O Lord.
Let them be put to shame and dismayed forever;
     let them perish in disgrace,
that they may know …

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The Defiled Temple

Written by Andy Pisciotti | November 10, 2010 | Psalms 79 - 81

The Babylonian Army has already invaded the city of Jerusalem.  God’s people have been slain, God’s nation has been left in ruins, and the Lord’s Temple has been destroyed.  The beautiful Temple that Solomon built to celebrate an Almighty God has been raised and burnt.  In Psalm 79:1, Asaph explains in prayer, “They have defiled your holy Temple and made Jerusalem a heap of ruins.”  The Temple, the proclaimed physical …

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Feared?

Written by Jeremy Sexton | November 9, 2010 | Psalms 76 - 78

It’s not really cool to talk about the fear of God. We love talking about his grace, his love, his kindness, his mercy. We love talking about responding in worship, in missions, in service, in study. We don’t love talking about responding in fear.

In Psalm 76:7, the psalmist writes, “you are to be feared”. Now, granted, the psalmist isn’t talking about horror or terror. We should not be walking …

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Psalm 73

Written by Maegan Stout | November 8, 2010 | Psalms 73 - 75

Read Psalm 73. It is almost prophetic in it’s declaration of the human heart. We easily become torn between living for ourselves and living for God. Sometimes we go to God only when we need him. 

This may be going a bit far back, but when I was in elementary school part of our back to school supplies included a few emergency items. One of those items was a …

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Pobrecito Miguelito!

Written by Andy Pisciotti | November 7, 2010 | Psalms 69 - 72

Have you ever had to suffer? I’m not talking about the scraping of your knee, or even getting dumped after a long-term relationship.  The kind of suffering Psalms 69-71 is talking about is where people are literally seeking to take the life out of you through verbal, mental, and or physical abuse! King David knew all about this kind of “real” suffering. From his struggles with King Saul, to his …

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