A Psalm for the End of the Year – Inspiration from the High Calling

Psalm 90:1-17 Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom. Psalm 90:12 Psalm 90 is a perfect psalm for the end of the year. For one thing, this psalm includes the word “year” more than any other psalm. In the Hebrew text of Psalm 90, the word translated [Read More…]

Advent Reflection: Waiting for Forgiveness in Psalm 130

LORD, if you kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive? But you offer forgiveness, that we might learn to fear you. Psalm 130:3-4 Psalm 130 begins with a desperate cry for help. The psalmist calls out to God “from the depths of despair” (v. 1). We do not know the [Read More…]

A Prayer That’s Not Just for the Pulpit – Inspiration from the High Calling

Psalm 19:1-14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14 Growing up, one of my heroes was a Presbyterian pastor named Ben Patterson. He was the speaker at many of the Christian conferences I attended as a teenager, [Read More…]

God and Goggles – Inspiration from The High Calling

Psalm 17:1-15 Guard me as you would guard your own eyes. Hide me in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 17:8 I own a pair of protective goggles and use them faithfully. I wear them when I’m cutting branches with my chainsaw or attacking weeds with my weed whacker. My goggles serve a crucial purpose: [Read More…]