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Day 9—Psalm 51

2019-07-12T18:13:48-04:00July 14th, 2019|Categories: News, Summer of Psalms|

Reading 9—Unlimited Mercy
Psalm 51


I recently had an argument with a Facebook friend. I had re-posted a statement that said, “Sometimes you are the bad guy.” Jake (not his real name) could never see himself as the bad guy. Jake is not the only one who thinks that way, but a more common view is, “Well, at least I am not as bad as that person.” A third way to respond to this psalm is the person who believes that they are so bad they could never receive God’s mercy.

Day 8—Psalm 46

2019-07-12T18:05:15-04:00July 13th, 2019|Categories: News, Summer of Psalms|

Reading 8—God, Our Mighty Fortress
Psalm 46


This is a Korah Psalm (part of a collection of Psalms likely collected by the Korahites, who were a group of Temple singers). The Psalm (esp. v.1) inspired Martin Luther’s hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” It is a song of Zion celebrating God’s ultimate victory over the nations, even using what is bad in the world to make good of them. Its emphasis on the Holy City, that God’s dwelling place will remain secure in Jerusalem (vv.4-7), is why the Psalm is classified as a Song of Zion.

Day 7—Psalm 30

2019-07-12T18:08:03-04:00July 12th, 2019|Categories: News, Summer of Psalms|

Reading 7—Remember to Remember

Read Psalm 30

David writes this “Psalm of Thanksgiving” after finding himself in great darkness. He remembers when he, “felt secure” and declares, “I will never be shaken.” David knows God as a provider who is close, who “made his royal mountain stand firm.” However, when the darkness comes, David becomes dismayed.

Day 6—Psalm 24

2019-07-13T09:27:44-04:00July 11th, 2019|Categories: News, Summer of Psalms|

Reading 6—Glory


Long ago, our ancestors in the faith prayed and sung these ancient words on the way to worship God in the Temple. As they came to the place of encounter, the Holy of Holies, they start with the affirmation that the whole earth is God’s handiwork.

Day 5—Psalm 23

2019-07-13T09:29:17-04:00July 10th, 2019|Categories: News, Summer of Psalms|

Reading 5—The Shepherd and the flock


Psalm 23 is one of the most beloved and cited passages from Scripture. It is often used as a funeral psalm, but it is also used for those planning to adopt a child (Book of Common Prayer, 443). This is one of the many psalms ascribed to King David, and it discusses the relationship between David and God. David describes the personal relationship between Israel and God, as God is the shepherd of the flock, Israel.

Day 4—Psalm 19

2019-07-13T09:31:34-04:00July 9th, 2019|Categories: News, Summer of Psalms|

Reading 4—”Speedbumps”


Psalm 19 always makes me think of my dad, Paul Conrad. Before my dad would preach, he would pray the Psalm’s last verse, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts, be acceptable in your sight, Oh Lord. Our strength and our redeemer. Amen.”

Day 3—Psalm 8

2019-07-13T09:34:16-04:00July 8th, 2019|Categories: News, Summer of Psalms|

Reading 3—Glory Everywhere


This Psalm celebrates our creator God who fashioned the universe from the stars above to the earth below, who exalted humanity over and above every other creature. Acknowledging the beauty and wonder of all God has made, the psalmist shares an important truth about “glory”: God who has set His glory above the heavens has crowned us, His children, with glory and honor.

Day 2—Psalm 1

2019-07-13T09:37:58-04:00July 7th, 2019|Categories: News, Summer of Psalms|

Reading 2—Happy Are They…


From its very first word, “Happy”, some people might be struck oddly by Psalm 1. “Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked.” Some translations write “Blessed” instead. This Psalm starts out by drawing direct parallels between a person’s emotional condition and one’s spiritual state. Merriam Webster defines “happy” as an adjective that expresses a state of good fortune or well-being and contentment.

Day 1—Introduction

2019-07-05T17:03:52-04:00July 6th, 2019|Categories: News, Summer of Psalms|

Reading 1—Encountering God’s Imagination

So often the question I am asked as a biblical scholar is some version of this: Is the Bible accurate? We all ask this question in some form or another. Did Jonah really get swallowed by a whale? Did Methuselah really live 969 years? Did Jesus really walk on water? Did Paul really think women should be silent? Is Revelation literally going to happen someday?