Category Archives: Psalm

So What is the Rest of the Story?

Psalm 79:1-9 Someone is calling out to God, crying about how the foreigners have destroyed Jerusalem. DUH! That was God’s punishment on the Israelites for their rebellion. He pleads with God to give them a break, to turn His rath … Continue reading

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My Hope is Lost

This is the response to Psalm 14 found in the United Methodist Hymnal, page 746: “My hope is lost; breathe life upon me.” And what does Psalm 14 say? Fools, corrupt, abominable They say there is no God. No one … Continue reading

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David, a Man After God’s Own Heart

Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 You know me & you love me. You know my thoughts. You can finish my sentences. You are familiar with my ways. You are always with me. It is all so wonderful. You knew me before I … Continue reading

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Fresh-Baked Bread

Psalm 81 (p. 803, United Methodist Hymnal) The lectionary says to read verses 1 and 5b-10. I say why not read verses 1-16, which is all of them. It’s a party with praise and music. The celebration is to remember what … Continue reading

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A Mighty Fortress

Psalm 71:1-6, page 794 in the United Methodist Hymnal. The Lectionary says the first line of Martin Luther’s “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” can be sung as the response. I’ve always liked that hymn, partly because it was written by … Continue reading

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A response to Isaiah 5:1-7

Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19 (UMH 801) The people of God call back to him for salvation. Restore us, O God; let your face shine that we may be saved! You brought a vine out of Egypt and planted it. Turn again, … Continue reading

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