Psalm 58

Mankind will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous; surely there is a God who judges the earth.” (Psalm 58:11) Watch the news on any given day and you will see stories of death, war, and destruction. To make matters worse, it seems like a lot of evil...

Psalm 57

I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me. (Psalm 57:2) Isn’t it comforting to know that it is God who fulfills His purpose for you? We’re not left alone to fight through this life to figure out our purpose. Our God Most High is working...

Psalm 56

You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book? Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call. This I know, that God is for me. (Psalm 56:8-9)  How can you show someone you care about them?...

Psalm 55

My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fear and trembling come upon me, and horror overwhelms me. But I will trust in you.  (Psalm 55:4-5, 23b)  This isn’t exactly a chipper Psalm. The fear and anxiety that David is feeling is palpable,...

Psalm 54

Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life. (Psalm 54:4)  David wrote this Psalm when everything seemed hopeless. He was betrayed and likely scared of what would happen next. But David didn’t panic. He turned to God because he recognized that God was not only...

Psalm 53

God looks down from heaven on the children of man to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God.  They have all fallen away, together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one. (Psalm 53:2-3)  We can all point to someone who we believe...

Psalm 52

But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever. (Psalm 52:8)  Trusting God is often easier said than done. There are times when we think we can handle things on our own, or that we...

Psalm 51

Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.  (Psalm 51:12)  Joy is not always an easy emotion to maintain, especially when sin creeps in and fills us with guilt and shame. Sin, it seems, is always drawing us away from joy. Thankfully, that’s...

Psalm 50

The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God! (Psalm 50:23)  Our covenant with God no longer requires animal sacrifice to atone for our sins. Jesus completed that work on the cross, but that doesn’t...

Psalm 49

But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol, for He will receive me.  (Psalm 49:15)  Perhaps the greatest fear in life is death itself, and that’s what Sheol is. It is a place of darkness, cut off from God, where the Hebrew people believed we would all...