Our Common Prayerbook 33 – 1

The world is God’s, and that’s the standpoint of the entire Bible. For a host of reasons, then, we are summoned to give praise to God, and Psalm 33 — one of the prayers in our common prayerbook — is a great example of how our theological apprehension that the world is God’s can change [Read More…]

Our Common Prayerbook 32 – 3

One of the most memorable and quietly used psalms is Psalm 32, a psalm of confession. We’ve been digging into this psalm a bit this week (Monday and Tuesday). First, we saw David’s pain in not confessing and his joy in confessing. Second, we saw David’s instructions to others to learn to confess, and today [Read More…]

Our Common Prayerbook 32 – 2

The Book of Psalms is the prayerbook we have in common; all Christians can learn to pray by reading the Psalms and listening to them. We can learn to pray by re-praying the Psalms. Psalm 32 teaches us to confess, and we learn to confess by being permitted into the “confessional” of David. Yesterday we [Read More…]

Our Common Prayerbook 32 – 1

Confession belongs to one word: truth-telling, and David learned precisely that. That experience of learning to tell the truth about who we are  and what we have done is precisely what David puts into words in Psalm 32 (read after the jump). Not only does David tell his story, he encourages others to learn what [Read More…]

Our Common Prayerbook 31 – 2

Again, for those who have no idea what is going on in a post like this, we are doing a series — and it will take a good long while (months and months) — on our common prayerbook, the Book of Psalms. We are reflecting daily, about midday Central Time, on a few lines from [Read More…]

Our Common Prayerbook 30 – 1

It is good to give thanks for the Lord’s grace to us, especially when we have been rescued. The psalmist, and this one is attributed to David, gives thanks to God for rescue in these words at the opening of Psalm 30: 30:1 I will praise you, O Lord, for you lifted me up, and did not [Read More…]

Our Common Prayerbook 29 – 3

Psalm 29 has a natural (and profoundly theological) progression: it begins by summoning the “sons of Elohim” (heavenly beings) to worship God, and this seems to be a way of getting all humans to see that the idols must turn in their work to YHWH.  Then the psalmist declares the gloriousness of the “Voice” of [Read More…]

Our Common Prayerbook 29 – 1

Psalm 29 summons “heavenly beings” (sons of gods) to acknowledge YHWH, and you can read the Psalm after the jump where we include the NetBible’s version. Some have even suggested Psalm 29 adapts poetry from the Canaanites. The essential command of vv. 1-2 is to “honor” or to “acknowledge” (Hebrew yahab), and there is a [Read More…]

Our Common Prayerbook 28 – 2

Thanksgiving is a fruit that does not grow naturally among humans. Perhaps it grows easier for some than for others, but it is not uncommon for someone to experience something wonderful, something for which they had even pleaded with God, and then forget to give thanks. One thinks of the famous story of Jesus and [Read More…]

Our Common Prayerbook 28 – 1

How to respond to enemies? How to respond to those with whom one is conflict? What to do? The psalms suggest going directly to God. Call on God, Psalm 28 informs us. David’s prayer weaves together his request from God to listen, for God to heed his plea, and for God to act in order [Read More…]