Psalm 13:3 – Keep Awake

“Consider and answer me, O LORD my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death.” – Psalm 13:3 In this Psalm, David repeats a question we have all asked God before, “How long, O Lord?”  The historical background of this passage is unclear, but its meaning is rich nonetheless.  Today we’ll…

Psalm 12 – Have the Faithful Vanished?

“Save, O LORD, for the godly one is gone; for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man.” – Psalm 12:1 Psalm 12 is another Psalm inserted towards the end of David’s life, so we don’t entirely know when it was written or what was taking place then. But it’s supposed to have…

Psalm 11:1 – We Have Two Choices: Run, or Stand

Psalm 11 records the “well-intentioned, but faithless advice of David’s friends when he was a fugitive from King Saul (1 Samuel 19). David lifted his eyes to the LORD to find faith in a time of testing. He knew the safest place to stand was in radical trust in God.” [i] While David’s friends suggested that he…

Psalm 10:16-19 – Dear God, Be All I Cannot Be For Them

Psalm 10 is the humble cry and joyful song of the oppressed. Some say it can be traced back to the Babylonian captivity. “God used Babylon as his agent of judgment against Israel for their sins of idolatry and rebellion against him. At this time, Jerusalem was laid to waste, the temple destroyed and the…

Psalm 9:18 – Never Forgotten or Hopeless

“For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish.” – Psalm 9:18 “For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish.” – Psalm 9:18 The hardest and most rewarding thing I have ever done as a student of the…

Psalm 8:4 – What Are We?

“What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” -Psalm 8:4 From babies to the moon and stars, Psalm 8 vividly points us to the glory of God in Creation and reminds us that Christ has dominion over everything. I would only fail in my attempt…