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            Off and on for over two years I had my morning devotions in the Psalms.  I would read a psalm or a portion of one out loud, study it, and write notes on it.  I want to share with you some of what God taught me, and the first lesson is this:  There is a general overall structure to the entire Book of the Psalms and that structure says something crucial to us about our walk with God. Read the rest of this entry »

            Psalm 1 introduces the Psalter, the Hebrew book of worship.  It is a wisdom psalm and describes the nature and consequences of two different lifestyles—the choice between wisdom and folly.   Therefore Psalm 1 asks us as we enter into worship what kind of person we are.  There is no more important question that we can ask, and it deserves to be pondered deeply and at length. Read the rest of this entry »

            Have you ever been troubled by the fact that Christians fervently pray for a parking spot at a crowded mall on December 24th but don’t pray for those suffering under oppression in North Korea?  Worse yet, maybe that describes your prayer life.  If so, Psalm 2 is for you. Read the rest of this entry »

            One of the unfortunate characteristics of contemporary Christianity is the division between conservative and liberal Christians concerning the role of the church in society.  In general, conservatives emphasize changing the individual and liberals the structures of society.  Both tend to see their position as excluding the other.  The Bible will have none of this false dichotomy, and Psalms 1 and 2 hold the two perspectives together. Read the rest of this entry »

            In all places and at all times mankind has been fascinated with the heavens above.  Even the atheist is not dead to their majesty and beauty and experiences a sense of awe, Read the rest of this entry »

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